ARLINGTON NOTES

 

 Contact: David Zenner
(847) 255-4300
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2000

SOCCORY POSTS MILD UPSET IN FLAWLESSLY STAKES

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Soccory, racing in the green and black silks of the partnership of Stamas, Marovich and Crown's Way Farm, rallied from just off the pace to score a 3 -length victory in the $51,200 Flawlessly Stakes Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.

Soccory settled toward the middle of the pace while longshot Wig raced on the front end through fractions of 24.26 seconds for the quarter mile and 46.70 for a half-mile.

The eventual winner began to move up on the leader on the second turn before taking command in the final sixteenth. She stopped the timer in 1:43.61 for a mile and a sixteenth over firm turf. Ray Sibille was aboard the daughter Tricky Creek who paid $6.20, $3.60 and $2.20 as the second choice in the field of five three-year-old fillies.

"The race went according to plan," Sibille said. "We just planned to see what the No. 2 horse (favored Double Devils Food) did and make our move when we felt we were ready. We weren't surprised that our horse had enough left at the end."

It was the third win in 10 lifetime starts for Soccory, who won an allowance race over the Arlington turf in her last start June 29. She earned $30,720 for the win to boost her bankroll to $100,872.

Robbin Banks, who led for a little more than a quarter, finished second and paid $4.80 and $2.40. Favored Double Devils Food ran third and paid $2.20.

"The pace was slower than I wanted," said jockey Chris Emigh, who rode the beaten favorite. "I was following Ray (Sibille) and his horse won. She wasn't really into the race today. She picked it up a little on the turn but wasn't really making up any ground. Last time, she was practically knocking horses over to get today and today she just wasn't into it."

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