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Sunday, August 13, 2000
68th Day


The prospective field for Saturday's Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington International, co-feature of International Festival of Racing, last raced in such diverse environs as Ireland, France, England and Canada in addition to the United States.

Furthermore, the fillies and mares likely for the sister race to the Grade 1 Arlington Million on that same afternoon were foaled on three different continents, including New Zealand, Europe and North America. However, only one of the American distaffers was actually born here in the Prairie State.

That would be Nancy Vanier's Wade for Me, one of two mares whose connections paid $22,000 last week to supplement their horses to the 11th running of the $500,000 Beverly D. Wade for Me won the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap, final local prep for the Beverly D., in her last start July 30, earning a winner's share of $60,000 that day.

The expense of Wade for Me's supplementary nominations could also be offset by the purse distribution of the Beverly D. With a winner's share of $300,000, the cost of the supplement would be insignificant, and with second money of $100,000, still result in a very successful payday. With third money of $55,000 or fourth of $30,000, the owners would still show a profit, and even fifth money of $15,000 would reduce the loss in the gambled late nomination expense back to four figures.

With a younger horse, Nancy Vanier and her husband Harvey, who trains her, might have risked breaking their mare's spirit if she is unable to handle the international competition. However, that concern is reduced by the likelihood of retirement for Wade for Me after her current campaign. The Vaniers' lost Wade for Me's dam, Waders, to E.P.M., and the Modesty winner would make an excellent replacement on the farm.

Wade for Me's broodmare value would increase with a Beverly D. placement.

"We'd been thinking about it since we won that other race (the Modesty)," Nancy Vanier said after the decision to pay Wade for Me's supplementary nomination fee. "We waited to try and see if we would be over our head or we could be competitive in there.

"Harvey wanted to go in there all along, but I just didn't want to put her in over her head." Mrs. Vanier said. "We finally decided that there was a lot of speed in there and the race would set up very well for her."


KLM Flight #611 is due Tuesday at 4 p.m., and scheduled aboard are Secretariat candidates Ciro, owned by Jayeff B Stable, Compton Bolter, owned by Erik Penser, and Pine Dance, owned by Highland Farms, Peter Wetzel, and Five Star Racing. Also slated for that flight is Beverly D. probable Alluring, owned by Louis Lakin.

Air France Flight #6400 is due Wednesday at 10 p.m., with Beverly D. candidates America, owned by Wertheimer & Frere, and Diamond White, owned by Peter Scott. Also on that flight is Secretariat probable Guillamou City, owned by Gary Tanaka.

A Polar Air flight is due here from New York, also at 10 p.m. Wednesday, carrying Arlington Million candidate Running Stag, owned by Richard J. Cohen.


Two Arlington Million candidates worked in California yesterday in preparation for their engagements Saturday in the showcase event of the local season, and a third posted a drill Friday morning on the West Coast.

Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan & Robert Sangster's Bienamado, winner of the Grade 2 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park July 23, drilled seven furlongs handily in 1:25 4/5 at that Southern California oval yesterday.

Also yesterday, Steven J. Gula's Mula Gula, second by a length in the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap here July 22, but based in Northern California, worked one mile handily at Golden Gate Fields in 1:39.

Pat Garvey's Sunshine Street, fifth beaten less than five lengths in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar, worked seven-eighths Friday at that oval in 1:29 2/5.

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