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OWSLEY HEADS LINEUP FOR GRADE III MODESTY HANDICAP
Multiple Grade Stakes Winner Invades from New York for Beverly D. Prep
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 23, 2003) -- Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley, a multiple graded stakes winning mare, invades from New York as the 120-pound highweight for Saturday's $150,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park.
The Grade III race, the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. which will be run here August 16, is contested at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington's world renowned turf course. The Modesty Handicap is one of three six-figure stakes races that comprise the track's Million Preview Day program that also includes the Grade III $250,000 Arlington Handicap for older horses and the $100,000 Round Table Stakes for 3-year-olds.
A daughter of Harlan, Owsley ships to Chicago after finishing fourth in the New York Handicap at Belmont Park in her most recent start. The Randy Schulhofer-trained mare won that mile and a quarter turf race last year. Owsley also owns victories in the Grade III Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga and the Grade II WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland. She picks up the services of Arlington Park's leading jockey, Rene Douglas, who won this race last year with Baron Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend.
Her main competition will likely come from John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole, who captured the $50,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Louisiana Downs in her last trip to the post and heroine of the Grade III Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap in Arkansas in March. The daughter of Bien Bien is familiar with the Arlington turf course having won the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap here last October 25. Don Pettinger has the mount.
Slated to face the top pair (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Stony Oak Farm's Flager (Robby Albarado, 114 pounds); Nancy Vanier & Lyda Williamson's Beret (Chris Emigh, 113); My Jo Lee Stable II's Curious Conundrum (C. H. Marquez Jr., 113); Buckerine Stable's Eyes the Duchess (Scott Spieth, 112); and Gary A. Tanaka's Moonlady (Ray Sibille, 112).
Of these, Beret and Flager both come in off recent allowance victories. The former, trained by Harvey Vanier, picked up her third straight score when besting third-level allowance foes earlier this month. The latter, a Bobby Barnett-trained filly, was an impressive 10-length victress in a second-level allowance race at Churchill Downs that served as her North American debut after previously racing in her native Argentina.
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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