Modesty Handicap (G3)
Contact: David Zenner
WASTED TEARS FAVORED IN GRADE III MODESTY HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 6, 2011) – The Bart Evans-owned and -trained Wasted Tears will attempt to stretch her speed out to a mile and three-sixteenths as the 122-pound starting highweight in the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap on Saturday at Arlington Park.
The Modesty serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., which will be held Aug. 13 and is one of three major stakes that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program. In addition to the Modesty, the 11-race card includes the Grade II $200,000 American Derby and the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Handicap. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the Modesty will have their entry and starting fees waived for the Beverly D. should they elect to run in that event next month.
A 6-year-old daughter of Najran, Wasted Tears has captured the last three editions of the Grade III Ouija Board at Lone Star Park, winning this year’s renewal by five lengths in her most recent start on May 30. A 12-time winner in 17 starts on turf including the 2010 Grade II John C. Mabee at Del Mar, she has never run more than a mile and an eighth in her career.
Arriving in Chicago late last week, Wasted Tears worked three furlongs over the Arlington Park turf course Wednesday morning, getting the distance in 38 seconds with the dogs placed well off the inside rail. Julien Leparoux, who was aboard for her most recent score, retains the mount.
Augustin Stable’s Fantasia comes into the Modesty off a second-place finish in the Grade I Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 11. In two other starts this year, the Jonathan Sheppard-trained daughter of Sadler’s Wells finished third in the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby Day card May 7 and second in the Grade II Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April. Her only North American tally came in the $100,000 River Memories Stakes at Woodbine last October but she is a two-time Group III winner in England. She will carry 120 pounds and be ridden by Rajiv Maragh.
Three horses – Righ Ege and Team Block’s Askbut I Won’ttell, Moyglare Stud’s Endless Expanse and Magdelena Racing’s My Baby Baby – will each carry 118 pounds for the Modesty.
The Chris Block-trained Askbut I Won’ttell is winless in three starts this year but captured Grade III Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs and the Grade III My Charmer Handicap at Calder Race Course last year. Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode the 5-year-old mare in those victories, gets the call.
Endless Expanse, trained by Christophe Clement, is looking for her second stateside victory after winning her North American debut at Gulfstream Park in February. Following that score, the 4-year-old Red Ransom filly ran second in Gulfstream’s Grade III Orchid Handicap in March and fifth in the Grade III Bewitch at Keeneland in her most recent start April 28. Corey Nakatani is named.
My Baby Baby comes into the Modesty off a come-from-behind tally in the Grade III Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs June 11. The Ken McPeek-trained 6-year-old mare will be ridden by Robby Albarado.
Completing the field for the Modesty (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Tracy Farmer’s La Gran Bailadora (Corey Lanerie, 116 pounds); Harlequin Ranches’ Oregon Lady (Jesus Castanon, 116); and Butterfly Stables’ Romin Robin (Jozbin Santana, 115).
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 86-day meet in 2011 from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Villa Park and Sundance Saloon featuring Trackside OTB in Waukegan. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.