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Friday, July 28, 2000
56th Day


Nancy A. Vanier's Wade for Me, who rallied late to capture the $53,928 Office Queen Handicap here July 8, should rule the choice based on that performance when she heads a field of 11 fillies and mares named to Sunday's 43rd running of the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap. The Modesty serves as a local prep for the Grade 1 Beverly D.

The $100,000 Modesty, like the Beverly D., will be contested at a mile and three-sixteenths over the Arlington International grass course. The Beverly D., with its half-million dollar purse, will be run August 19 along with the Arlington Million and the Grade 1 Secretariat as part of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing this summer.

In the Office Queen, contested at a mile and an eighth, Wade for Me was unhurried early, launched a bold bid outside the leaders when set down for the drive and was up in the late stages to be best by three parts of a length. Wade for Me's running style that day would indicate she should appreciate the added distance of Sunday's test.

In her start prior to the Office Queen, the five-year-old mare by Western Playboy was second in the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap, beaten a half-length after tiring over a yielding turf course.

Wade for Me will shoulder the starting top impost of 116 pounds in the Modesty, most of which will be made up by regular rider Chris Emigh. Frank C. Calabrese's Justenuffheart, a winner of her last two in a row, could provide strong competition for Wade for Me. The Broad Brush mare, who is conditioned by Arlington's current leading trainer Wayne Catalano, came from off the pace in her last start in allowance company June 22 here to be best by a length in an allowance turf test at a mile and a sixteenth.

In her start before that Justenuffheart made or forced the pace in a middle distance race on the main track listed "good" before drawing off for a five and a quarter-length tally. She is assigned 115 pounds in the Modesty, and will be ridden by Corey Lanerie.

My Jo Lee Stable's Wild Heart Dancing, also assigned 115 pounds in the Modesty, merits consideration. The Farma Way filly made her lone start of the year in an allowance race on the grass at Belmont Park June 28 and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length. A multiple stakes winner last year, Wild Heart Dancing has the riding services of Ray Sibille in the Modesty.

Completing the field are: Edmund A. Gann's Camargo, 114, Robby Albarado; Simi Stable's Candleinthedark, 113, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; Gary A. Tanaka's Histoire Sainte, 113, Mark Guidry; Marco Thoroughbred Corp.'s Lines of Beauty, 113, Eddie Razo Jr.; Gary & Beth Leverton's Coco Vive, 111, Jesse Campbell; Stonerside Stable LLC's Illiquidity, 111, Shane Laviolette; Moises R. Yanez & Marion Varney's M And M Machine, 111, Jerry Lasala; and Kenneth E. Hoffman's Singsingasong, 107, Eduardo Perez.

Of these, Camargo is an interesting candidate. She won her last two in a row at Hollywood Park in allowance company during the month of June, and is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, who has often shipped successfully to Arlington in previous seasons.

Candleinthedark, second to Wade for Me in the Office Queen, cannot be discounted. The daughter of Cox's Ridge had won her previous start here over the main track by three lengths.

Histoire Sainte has a pair of good thirds in her last two starts - both in stakes company at Churchill Downs. The French-bred was beaten three and a half-lengths for all of it in the Grade 3 Locust Grove June 24 at last asking.


Races making up Saturday's NTRA Sweepstakes will include Races 3 through 7 and conclude with Race 9.

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