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BRIDGE GAME TRUMPS JENNIE R. TO WIN GRADE III MODESTY ‘CAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2007) – Elisabeth Alexander’s Bridge Game rallied in the middle of the course to overtake pacesetter Jennie R. and win the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap by a length and a half Saturday at Arlington Park. Jeremy Rose rode the Graham Motion-trained daughter of Giant’s Causeway who covered the mile and three sixteenths over “good” turf in 1:54.62.
While the victory appeared to be easy for the 4-year-old filly, getting her to the track proved to be the task as she flipped three times in the paddock before the race.
“She made it a little scary for us at times but as long as we keep her moving, she’s happy,” said Mary Jo Trotter, assistant to Motion. “She did it at Colonial (in her last start) but not as bad as today. She warmed up fine today and everything seemed to go our way after that.”
The Modesty is the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old filly who improved her overall record to five wins from 10 starts. She picked up $87,300 to elevate her earnings to $234,555.
Locally based Jennie R. set the pace in the race through splits of :23.20, :47.68, 1:12.09 and 1:36.54 before being passed by the winner inside the sixteenth pole.
“She ran her eyeballs out,” said Larry Sterling Jr., who picked up the mount aboard Jennie R. “I let her bounce out of the gate a little bit and then let her settle into her own pace. She ran easy all the way. I thought I got a little jump on them turning for home but that horse (Bridge Game) came flying.”
It was another three-quarters of a length back to Rich in Spirit, who was third in the eight-horse field, followed by Almonsoon, Mabadi, Brownie Points, Sohgol and Chic Dancer.
Bridge Game paid $17.40, $8 and $4.60. Jennie R. returned $6 and $5.40. Rich in Spirit paid $7.60.
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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