Argentina champion Dona Bruja takes the G3 Mint Julep Stakes in her U.S. debut
Phillips Racing Partnership’s Time and Motion will look to return to the winner’s circle for the first since last year’s Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in Saturday’s Grade III $ 100,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Along with six others, she will face Dom Felipe LLC’s Grade III Mint Julep Handicap winner Dona Bruja (Arg), who will look to keep her North American record perfect in her second start in the United States. The Modesty will be run at 1 3/16 miles on the Arlington turf course as part of a four-stakes offering in the Ride to the Million presented by Miller Lite.
Trained by Jimmy Toner, Time and Motion landed her biggest win in last fall’s Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland but has been held winless in three starts since, two of which were in Grade I attempts. Recently a close third in the Grade III Beaugay at Belmont, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapit will be ridden by Florent Geroux from post three.
Dom Felipe LLC’s Ignacio Correas, IV-trained Dona Bruja (Arg) came to the United States with an 8-for-10 record earned her native Argentina and quickly made her talents known at Churchill Downs in June’s Grade III Mint Julep Handicap, posting a 1½-lengths win over the formidable Believe in Bertie. The 5-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado (Arg) will be ridden by Declan Cannon, who was aboard for the Mint Julep triumph, from the rail.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Daring Duchess will be in search of her first graded-stakes win in Saturday’s Modesty after earning her first stakes win in the Keertana Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 27. The Mike Miker-trained 5-year-old daughter of Arch has won four races in her career and should get a forward run under Julien Leparoux from post seven.
The locals are led by Darrell and Sadie Brommer’s Chris Block-trained Prado’s Sweet Ride, who fell short as the even-money favorite in last month’s Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at Arlington but won the New Orleans Ladies Overnight Stakes two starts back at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on April 1. Her conditioner suggested that the boggy going may have contributed to her defeat last out and that she may bounce back on firmer ground Saturday under Carlos Marquez, Jr. from post two.
Bonita Cat (Santo Sanjur, post four), Stormin Elle (Jose Valdivia, Jr., post five), One Liz (Mitchell Murrill, post six) and La Piba (Jose Lopez, post eight) complete the field.
The top three finishers in the Modesty receive entry with starting fees waived into the Grade I Beverly D. on Aug. 12, a “Win and You’re In” event for the Grade I $ 2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4.
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