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ENGLAND'S LEGEND RETURNS WITH MODESTY VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill (July 27, 2002) -- Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend, heroine of the Grade I Beverly D. here last year, made her return to the races off a 10-month layoff a romp in the grass as she cruised to a front-stepping two-length victory in the $150,000 Modesty Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park.
The 5-year-old daughter of Lure, who covered the mile and three-sixteenths over yielding turf in 1:55.69, was ridden by Rene Douglas, who earlier in the day captured the Grade III Arlington Handicap astride Falcon Flight and now has six graded stakes victories at Arlington Park this season.
"She's an unbelievable filly," said Douglas, Arlington Park's leading jockey. "I was able to get her to relax on the front end and she did everything from there."
The Grade III Modesty Handicap, one of three stakes races that comprise the track's Million Preview Day, is the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. which will be run August 17 along with the Grade I Arlington Million and Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
"Christophe (trainer Clement) is getting her ready for a fall campaign now," said assistant trainer Nicholas Bachalard. "She likes this course and this was a good place to get her ready for the Beverly D. She'll go to Saratoga tomorrow morning but I know he wants to bring her back for the Beverly D. and the (Oct. 26) Breeders' Cup (Filly & Mare Turf)."
Unraced since finishing 11th in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, England's Legend was sent right to the front by Douglas who allowed his mount to set easy fractions of 24.45, 48.51, 1:12.07 and 1:36.65.
Quick Tip, tracking the leader from fourth, rallied for the place, a length and a half clear of third-place Innit. Lady of Peace, Polaire, Esyoueffcee, True Ruby and defending champion Ioya Two completed the order of finish.
"I had a really good trip but the class prevailed," said Robby Albarado of Quick Tip. "She's a really nice horse. She is as fine as could be. She got over the grass course good."
"I had a great trip. I just couldn't get by those other two," said Frank Lovato Jr., who rode Innit. "She ran a great race and held on gamely to get third. I had other horses running at me but she held them off."
Sent off as the 7-10 choice of the public, England's Legend paid $3.40, $3.20 and $2.40. Quick Tip returned $5.60 and $3.80. Innit paid $3.00.
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