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Arlington Park Stakes advance

Contact: David Zenner (847) 385-7535

Stakes Advance: The Modesty Handicap (Grade III)


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 25, 2002) -- Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend, wire-to-wire victress in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. here last August, makes her first start of the year as the highweight and likely favorite in Saturday's $150,000 Modesty Handicap, part of the Million Preview Day troika of stakes races.

The Grade III Modesty Handicap is the final local prep for this year's Beverly D. on August 17 and will be run at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf. The Modesty will share the local spotlight with the Grade III $225,000 Arlington Handicap and the $100,000 Round Table Stakes.

A 5-year-old daughter of Lure, England's Legend made headlines last summer when she cruised to a front-stepping 7 3/4-length score in the Beverly D. over a yielding turf course to earn her second straight graded stakes tally. Following the Beverly D., the Christophe Clement-trained mare finished second to Lailani in the Grade I $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park. She closed out her campaign with an 11th-place finish in the Grade I $1,000,000 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Belmont after making the pace for a mile in the 10-furlong event. Rene Douglas, Arlington's leading jockey, picks up the mount aboard England's Legend, who will spot her eight rivals from six to nine pounds.

Slated to face the favorite are (with weight assignment and jockey): Richard L. Duchossois' Innit (115 pounds, Frank Lovato Jr.); Team Block's Ioya Two (115, Mark Guidry); Gary A. Tanaka's Polaire (115, Pat Valenzuela); Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Lady Of Peace (114, Larry Sterling Jr.); William S. Farish's Quick Tip (114, Robby Albarado); Helga Duffy's True Ruby (113, James Lopez); Frederick Seitz' Apasionata Sonata (112, Craig Perret); and Martyn Burke's Esyoueffcee (112, Chris Emigh).

Trainer Chris Block comes to the Modesty with a strong hand as the local conditioner will saddle both Innit and defending champion Ioya Two Saturday.

Innit, recently sent to Block by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, is an Irish-bred daughter of Distinctly North. Winner of the Grade II Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in July 2001 during her sophomore campaign, the now 4-year-old filly ran fourth in the Grade III Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood July 6.

Ioya Two, a nose victress last year, looks to rebound from a sub-par fourth-place finish in the $87,150 Lincoln Heritage Handicap, a race which she had won the previous two years, on Prairie State Festival Day June 22. The 7-year-old daughter of Lord at War is in search of her first score of the year and will be reunited with jockey Mark Guidry, who was aboard for last year's Modesty win.

Polaire takes a second stab at the Modesty after finishing fifth in last year's renewal. The 6-year-old Polish Patriot mare is winless in five starts this year but has been racing almost exclusively in graded stakes competition. Last out the Donald Burke II trainee finished fifth, a length behind Innit, in the Royal Heroine.

Lady of Peace hopes to make it two in a row over the Arlington Park turf course in the Modesty. The 5-year-old daughter of Lord At War won the $45,000 Possibly Perfect over this course on July 4 for her first victory in six starts this year.

The Neil Howard-trained Quick Tip comes from Churchill Downs where the 4-year-old daughter of Unaccounted For ran fifth, beaten a length and a half, in a $58,200 allowance race at the Twin Spires oval. Previously, she was fifth in a pair of graded races, the Grade III Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and the Grade III Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Completing the field for the Modesty are: True Ruby, third in a Churchill Downs turf allowance race last out; Apasionata Sonata, winner of two straight grass races in Kentucky; and Esyoueffcee, runner-up in her United States debut here July 4.

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