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Sunday, July 23, 2000
MODESTY, ARLINGTON 'CAP POINT TO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The pace of this summer's season at Arlington International Racecourse continues to pick up during the coming weekend with the renewals of the final two local preps for the Grade 1 Arlington Million and the Grade 1 Beverly D.
This Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington Handicap is the final prelude to the Arlington Million, to be contested this summer with a $2 million purse for the first time. The following afternoon the Grade 3 Modesty will serve as the last local tune-up for the Beverly D. to be run once again with it's traditional half-million dollar purse.
Together the Million and the Beverly D. are the twin towers for the one-day International Festival of Racing August 19. Along with the Grade 1 Secretariat on that same afternoon, the three classic races are the only Grade 1 events contested in Illinois.
Despite being placed as a sharpener for the Million in recent seasons, no winner of the Arlington Handicap has ever won the Million. However, Juddmonte Farm's Fanmore, who won the 1994 Arlington Handicap, was second, beaten three parts of a lengths in the 1994 Million by Paradise Creek, owned by Masayuki Nishiyama.
Also, in 1992, Mark Levy's Evanescent finished second by three and half lengths in the Arlington Million after taking down winning honors in the Arlington Handicap three weeks earlier that season.
Arlington stakes coordinator Chris Polzin checked off 10 names as likely for Saturday's 65th running of the $150,000 Arlington Handicap at a mile and a quarter.
Alphabetically the first half of those are: Barr H. Inman's Apalachee Special; Betty Massey & Martin Racing LLC's Colonial Power; Miessler & Raber's Exciting Fanfare; E. R. Meyer's Iruntheshow; and Joann & Alex Lieblong's Mi Buddy.
Comprising the second half of the grassy Arlington Handicap probables are: Jack Smith's Mi Sierra; 3 Plus U Stables' Northern Quest; Conway, Hoffman & Team Canonie's Profit Option; Columbine Stable, C. B. Greely & Nicholls' Takarian; and Barry Golden's Where's Taylor.
Worthy of special mention are: Colonial Power, a winner of his last three in a row including a stakes race at Louisiana Downs; Iruntheshow, who visited the winner's circle here in his last trip to the post; as well as Mi Buddy and Mi Sierra, both winners of three straight at Churchill Downs. Northern Quest, bred in France, finished third in his only American appearance last time in the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star June 17 after a European campaign.
Where's Taylor was second, beaten a nose in the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park June 24.
Sunday's 43rd running of the $100,000 Modesty Handicap will be run at a mile and three-sixteenths over the lawn, simulating the conditions of the Beverly D. Among the nominations list of 31 fillies and mares, eight were checked off by Polzin as likely for the Modesty at this time. They include Edmund A. Gann's Camargo; Simi Stable's Candleinthedark; David Carroll's Fille du Lac; Stonerside Stable LLC's Illiquidity; Frank C. Calabrese's Justenuffheart; Kevin Halter's Sheer Bliss; Kenneth E. Hoffman's Singsingasong; and My Jo Lee Stable's Wild Heart Dancing.
Camargo, an Irish-bred, has won her last two starts at Hollywood Park. Candleinthedark has a win over the local surface. Fille du Lac, a French-bred, won at Churchill Downs in June. Justenuffheart won her last here. Sheer Bliss won three in a row in South Florida this year. Wild Heart Dancing won in stakes company at the Meadowlands last fall.
COUNTDOWN TO 4,000
Arlington jockey Tim Doocy, one win away from the 4,000-victory milestone, rides at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Nebraska today. Doocy's latest count:
Tim Doocy - 3,999 career wins, Arlington Total: 24.
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