|Arlington Park Stakes results
OWSLEY RALLIES FOR MODESTY HANDICAP WIN
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 26, 2003) -- Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley made a three-wide move at the top of the stretch to take the lead and hold sway for a one-length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. The Randy Schulhofer-trained daughter of Harlan covered the mile and three sixteenths over a turf course rated as "firm" in a stakes record 1:55.06.
Rene Douglas picked up his second straight Modesty Handicap victory after winning this race last year with Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend.
Douglas kept Owsley off the pace while letting Bien Nicole and Flager slug it out through three-quarters of a mile in a quick 1:11.71 before he easing the 5-year-old mare off the rail on the final turn to rally to the front for the victory.
The Modesty was the first tally of the season for Owsley, who last won when she captured the Grade II WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland last October. The $90,000 winner's share boosted her earnings to $865,705. Her record stands at eight wins, four seconds and a third from 22 starts.
The 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 16 along with the Grade I Arlington Million and Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. Schulhofer said that Owsley remains under consideration for the Beverly D.
Pacesetter Bien Nicole was a game second, four lengths clear of third-place finisher Beret. Flager, Curious Conundrum, Eyes the Duchess and Moonlady completed the order of finish.
"My filly never really got a breather," said Don Pettinger, who rode Bien Nicole. "If you can get her to relax a little bit she runs better but I never got a chance to get her covered up today. She was pressed the whole way and she's so competitive she won't relax when that happens."
Owsley, the 13-10 favorite, paid $4.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Bien Nicole returned $2.40 and $2.10. Beret paid $2.20.
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 McHenry, Trackside Rockford, 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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