Skara Glen Stables, W. S. Farish & George Prussin’s Colonial
Flag, Andrew Stone’s Strathnaver and Hernandez Racing Club’s La Tia are
among the more prominent names in Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Modesty
Handicap at a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf.
A 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant
Tap, Colonial Flag will be making just her second start of the season
after finishing third in the Grade III Mint Julep at Churchill Downs
last month. Last year, the Michael Matz trainee won the Grade III
Ontario Colleen over the Woodbine turf and was graded stakes-placed in
the Grade III Regret Stakes and Grade II Mrs. Revere Stakes over the
Churchill lawn. Joe Rocco Jr. will have the mount on Saturday aboard
the 119-pound starting highweight.
Strathnaver, campaigned by Andrew
Stone who won last year’s Beverly D. with I’m A Dreamer, has won two of
her three starts since being sent stateside to trainer Graham Motion for
her 4-year-old season. In her North American debut, she won a
Gulfstream Park turf allowance race over the mile and three-sixteenths
distance of the Modesty and followed that up with a score in the Grade
III Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland at a mile and a half. Last out, the
English-bred bay filly was a disappointing seventh in the Grade II
Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park. Eddie Castro will ride Strathnaver who
will carry 117 pounds.
Local favorite La Tia brings a
two-for-two record this season into the Modesty. The Illinois-bred
daughter of City Place posted victories in an open company allowance
race in her seasonal bow followed by a score in the restricted Lincoln
Heritage Handicap. Four for six last year at three, La Tia won the
Grade III Arlington Oaks on Polytrack and the $150,000 La Lorgnette at
Woodbine over a similar surface. Constantino Roman will ride the
Armando De la cerda trainee who will shoulder 118 pounds Saturday.
Susan S. Cooney’s Embarr invades from
Colonial Downs after a fourth-place finish in the Grade III All Along.
Trained by her owner, the daughter of Royal Academy won the $75,000
Dahlia Stakes at Pimlico in her 2013 bow in April. A winner of multiple
restricted stakes, the Virginia-bred was graded stakes placed in the
Grade III Athenia at Belmont Park last October. Kent Desormeaux will
ride the 5-year-old mare at an impost of 117 pounds.
Others in the Modesty (with jockey
and weight assignments) are: Lally Stable’s Dame Marie (Rosie Napravnik,
115), winner of a Churchill Downs allowance race two starts back;
Shadwell Stable’s Ausus (James Graham, 116), fourth beaten only a length
in the Grade III Arlington Matron in May; Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey’s
Artemus Kitten (Julien Leparoux, 116); third in the Grade III
Doubledogdare at Keeneland in April and third last out in an $100,000
stakes at Indiana Downs; and Glockenburg LLC’s Madam Nancy (Sergey
Vasyutov, 111), a maiden winner here in May.
The Modesty serves as the final local
prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., which will be held Aug. 17,
and is one of four major stakes that comprise the track’s Million
Preview Day program. In addition to the Modesty, the 12-race card
includes the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000
Arlington Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes. As an
added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the Modesty will have their entry
and starting fees waived for the Beverly D. should they elect to run in
that event next month.