$200,000 Grade III Modesty Attracts Full Field
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Fri 11/07/2014 - 12:51 EDT
The Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap is part of Million Preview Day July 12 in Chicago which features four graded stakes races on the turf.
The Modesty, run at a mile and three sixteenths on the grass is the local prep race for the Grade I Beverly D. August 16 on Million Day. The race draws a full field of 14 fillies and mares with the Christophe Clement trained Tabreed a lukewarm 7/2 favorite on the morning line despite not having run since November. In Tabreed’s last start, she finished second in the Grade III Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct going a mile and a half.
White Rose too sharp to ignore for Mott
For those not inclined to take a short price on a horse coming back from an eight month layoff, there are plenty of viable betting choices. The Thomas Proctor trained Gulsary is the 4/1 second choice despite showing an aversion to the winner’s circle with just two wins in sixteen lifetime starts on the grass. An interesting alternative at 9/2 is White Rose, a Bill Mott trainee, breaking from the far outside under rider Julien Leparoux after an impressive allowance score at Churchill Downs in June where she earned a 92 Beyer.
Angles abound on I’m Already Sexy
I’m Already Sexy (8/1 ML) has a live look for bettors searching for a contender outside the top three choices. In addition to her affinity for the Arlington turf (3 for 3 lifetime), I’m Already Sexy adds Lasix for the first time – a move that could allow her to carry her speed further as she makes the third start of her form cycle which often produces any runner’s top effort. I’m Already Sexy won The Pucker Up at Arlington last year going a mile and an eighth.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.