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MODJADJI SCORES IN YOUR LADYSHIP STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 2, 2006) -- Arbaway Farm, Carson Spring Farm & the Estate of William Lydon’s Modjadji made a four-wide move at the top of the lane and prevailed after engaging favored Bluesbdancing in a stretch-long battle to win the $41,750 Your Ladyship Stakes for Illinois-bred distaffers on Friday at Arlington Park. Francisco Torres rode the Christine Janks-trained daughter of Pioneering, who covered the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:22.65.
“I’ve always had a lot of confidence in this filly,” Janks said of the 4-year-old Modjadji. “I’ve always thought she could do better than she has done but she doesn’t have a lot of confidence in herself all the time. Cisco has been working her and she’s been adapting to him well. I thought she would run hard for him and she did.”
The Your Ladyship serves as a prep race for the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap, one of six stakes races to be run here June 24 as part of the seventh annual Prairie State Festival, and Janks indicated that would be the next likely start for Modjadji, who earned $25,050 to boost her bankroll to $151,265 while improving her overall record to five wins from 12 starts.
Bluesbdancing made a three-wide move on the turn to take a brief lead in the stretch but could not hold off the eventual winner.
It was another two lengths back to Meadow Bride, who finished third in the six-horse lineup. Lady Riss, Li’lbito’sunshine and Piano Tunner completed the order of finish.
Modjadji paid $12.40, $3.40 and $2.20. Bluesbdancing returned $2.40 and $2.10. Meadow Bride paid $2.60.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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