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JENNIE R., RICH IN SPIRIT HEADLINE ADA L. RICE STAKES
Two-Three Finishers in Grade III Modesty Face Off in Illinois Owners Stakes
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2007) – Bojarski, Belpedio, Lloyd & Cherrywood Racing Stable’s Jennie R. and Glen Hill Farm’s Rich in Spirit, separated by three-quarters of a length when finishing second and third respectively in the Grade III Modesty Handicap in July, appear to be the ones to beat in Saturday’s inaugural edition of the $100,000 Ada L. Rice Illinois Owners Stakes.
The mile and a sixteenth turf race for fillies and mares is restricted to horses where at least 51 percent of the recorded ownership is registered to an owner whose Illinois Racing Board license reflects an address in the state of Illinois.
A daughter of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Awesome Again, Jennie R. has seemed to find herself a home on the Arlington Park grass course. The 6-year-old mare won a $50,000 claiming race over the surface June 3 and returned less than three weeks later to win the $48,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes June 23 before finishing second in the Modesty after making the pace for most of the mile and three-sixteenths test.
Following the Modesty, she faced some of the best turf distaffers in training in the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., setting the pace for more than a mile before fading to finish fifth. Her regular rider, E. T. Baird, has a return call aboard the Michele Boyce trainee Saturday.
Though winless this year, Rich in Spirit has been racing well, finishing third in each of her last two trips to post – the Modesty and the $100,000 Ellis Park Turf Handicap in Kentucky. Coincidentally, the Tom Proctor-trained daughter of Repriced finished fifth in last year’s Beverly D. after winning the Grade III Locust Grove at Churchill Downs prior to that. Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires picks up the mount Saturday.
Slated to face the top pair (with riders listed) are: Nancy Vanier & Cartwright Thoroughbreds’ Love Handles (Diego Sanchez), second in three tries over the Arlington turf; Arbaway Farm’s Honour Colony (Rene Douglas), winner of the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes in Minnesota in July; Moises R. Yanez’ Lady Lionel (Eduardo Perez), an allowance winner over Polytrack last out Aug. 24; and Darrell & Evelyn Yates Ltd.’s Fairwell Madrid (Jesse Campbell), who captured the $50,000 Jersey Lily Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in April.
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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