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CHIC DANCER SEEKS MODESTY TITLE DEFENSE
Upset Winner from 2006 Faces Seven in Grade III Stakes
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 19, 2007) – S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer, an upset winner in last year’s Modesty Handicap, will defend her title in the Grade III turf race when she faces seven rivals including starting high weight Augustin Stable’s Sohgol in Saturday’s 52nd running of the $150,000 race.
The Modesty serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., which will be held August 11, and will be run at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
The race is one of three graded stakes that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program. In addition to the Modesty, the 10-race card includes the $250,000 Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s, and the $200,000 Grade III Arlington Handicap.
A daughter of Joyeux Danseur, Chic Dancer showed her affinity for the Arlington turf course when she rallied along to rail to take last year’s Modesty by a half-length to record her first graded stakes victory. The Christine Janks-trained mare was slated to take the leap in class and try the Beverly D. but was scratched the morning of the race with a cough.
The 6-year-old mare has finished second in all three of her starts in 2007 including the $47,400 Reluctant Guest Stakes and the $48,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes. Chic Dancer, who is seven for 15 over the Arlington lawn, has been assigned 115 pounds for Saturday and will again partner with her regular rider Chris Emigh.
High weighted at 118 pounds for the Modesty is Sohgol, fifth in the Grade I Gamely at Hollywood Park in her most recent start May 28. Previously, the Neil Drysdale-trained daughter of Singspiel rallied from well off the pace to finish second in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood. Robby Albarado has the mount.
Multiple stakes winning filly Brownie Points, who races in the colors of Pin Oak Stable LLC, merits a chance in the Modesty. The Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained daughter of Forest Wildcat captured the $125,000 Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows June 30 and previously won the $200,000 DeBartolo Oaks on turf at Louisiana Downs and the $100,000 Remington Park Breeders’ Cup Oaks in Oklahoma last fall. Regular rider Luis Quinonez will be in for the mount Saturday.
Completing the field for the Modesty (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Allen E. Paulson Living Trust’s Almonsoon (Rene Douglas, 114 pounds); Elisabeth Alexander’s Bridge Game (Jeremy Rose, 116); Bojarksi, Belpedio, Lloyd & Cherrywood Racing’s Jennie R. (E. T. Baird, 114); Ronald Charles & Clear Valley Stables’ Mabadi (Jesse Campbell, 117); and Glen Hill Farm’s Rich in Spirit (Jamie Theriot, 115).
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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