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NORTHERN QUEST WINS ARLINGTON HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Recent French import Northern Quest, who races in the colors of the 3 Plus U Stables, invaded from his California homebase and prevailed by a length and a quarter in Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. The Grade 3, mile and a quarter race is the final local prep for the $2 million Arlington Million, which will be run August 19 at the suburban Chicago racecourse.
A French-bred son of Rainbow Quest, Northern Quest was forced outside at the start but was able to save ground along the rail after settling toward the middle of the 11-horse field while Illinois-bred longshot Exciting Fanfare zipped along on an uncontested seven-length lead through three-quarters of a mile.
Under a patient ride from Robby Albarado, Northern Quest steadily made up ground around the far turn. He was tipped to the outside at the top of the stretch, took command in mid-stretch and held safe the late rally of Profit Option. The winner was clocked in 2:02.13 over the soft turf.
"I was going to take him back but he got shuffled back anyway," said jockey Robby Albarado, who won his third stakes race of the meet. "He was kind of cranky about that but then he settled down and relaxed. I let him pick it up on his own. He was giving me all the signs he could handle the off turf. I know (trainer) Bobby Frankel doesn't send them out if they're not ready. He had him ready today."
Profit Option exchanged bumps with Kiss of Lion at the start but recovered to rally late for the place spot, a length to the good of Where's Taylor.
"It seems like we always end up hooking a bear," said jockey Jesse Campbell of the runner-up who also finished second in the Stars and Stripes Handicap earlier this month. "I had dead aim on the winner all the way - in fact I followed Robby the whole way - it just seemed we were second best. I hate to say that with a horse that gives me every thing he has."
Where's Taylor made a brief move at the top of the stretch but was unable to sustain the bid and finished third.
"I got outrun today at a mile and a quarter," said jockey Corey Lanerie. "It might be a little far for him. A mile and an eighth or a mile and a sixteenth - I think he can run with anything."
Pacesetter Exciting Fanfare finished fourth followed by Chorwon, Distant Mirage, Colonial Power, Apalachee Special, Kiss of Lion, Mi Sierra and Mi Buddy.
The 19-10 favorite paid $5.80, $4.20 and $3.20. Profit Option paid $7.80 and $5.40. Where's Taylor paid $3.40.
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