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CHIC DANCER WINS GRADE III MODESTY HANDICAP
Local Horse Upsets California, Kentucky & Florida Invaders
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 22, 2006) -- S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer burst through along the rail to overtake pacesetter Round Heels to win the $150,000 Modesty Handicap over a fast-closing Louve Royale by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park. Chris Emigh, Arlington’s leading rider, was aboard the Christine Janks-trained daughter of Joyeux Danseur who went the mile and three-sixteenths race over a course listed as “soft” in 1:57.48.
Never farther back than third position, Chic Dancer saved ground while Round Heels cut out fractions of 23.85 seconds, 48.34 seconds, 1:14.23 and 1:39.36 before fading in the final eighth of a mile.
“She ran a great race,” said Emigh, her regular partner for the last two years. “She was really relaxed for me, more relaxed than she ever has been before. She was like a pony horse. She never turned a hair. I had a ton of horse under me the whole way and when I asked her turning for home, she just exploded.”
“I had a lot of confidence in her,” added Janks. “She’s been sick since her last start and had to miss a race coming in. I was just hoping she would relax and be fit enough to carry it all the way. Chris (jockey Emigh) saved her all the way until the very end when he needed it. I was concerned (about the distance) but when they moved the fence out to the five lane, my husband Barry said, ‘She’s never lost from the five lane.’ But I said, ‘She’s never run against these kind of horses before.’”
The Modesty, a Grade III prep race for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes here on Aug. 12, was the first graded stakes victory for Chic Dancer and her sixth in 10 starts over the Arlington turf. Overall, her record improved to eight wins from 18 starts and the $90,000 winner’s share boosted her bankroll to $255,031.
Louve Royale, who was squeezed back at the start, rallied to finish second, a nose clear of longshot Minge Cove. Round Heels, Atlantic Frost, Royal Copenhagen, Cursora, Potra Clasica, Pleasant Quality and Modjadji completed the order of finish.
“He broke very good at the start but then he got squeezed back,” said Louve Royale’s jockey, Julien Leparoux. “I would like to have been a lot closer early.”
Chic Dancer paid $18.40, $6.20 and $4.20. Louve Royale returned $3 and $2.40. Minge Cover paid $6.60.
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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