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Bizzy Caroline Aims for Arlington’s Modesty
Fresh off her victory in the Mint Julep Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs last month, Bizzy Caroline is the early 3-1 second choice in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap (G3) over 1 3/16 miles at Arlington Park on July 14.
The four-year-old filly by Afleet Alex, bred by Runnymede in partnership with farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay and racing in Clay’s name, recorded two bullet works at Keeneland to prepare for the turf race: a five-furlong move in 1:00.20 on July 7 and a half-mile drill in :46.60 on June 30.
Bizzy Caroline has drawn the five post and will be reunited with regular rider Manoel Cruz.
The seven other fillies and mares in the Modesty are a talented group, led by 5-2 early favorite Romacaca, a six-year-old daughter of Running Stag who has won seven stakes, including a pair over the Arlington turf. The earner of nearly $700,000, Romacaca will be ridden by Arlington’s leading jockey, Francisco Torres, and will break from post seven.
Also highly regarded is Upperline, a five-year-old daughter of Maria’s Mon who has won six stakes, including the 2010 Arlington Oaks (G3) and 2012 Arlington Matron (G3) as well as this year’s Bewitch Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. Upperline will start from post two under James Graham.
Dual Canadian Grade 3 winner Smart Sting, by Smart Strike out of champion Perfect Sting, will race from post six with Joel Rosario aboard for Stronach Stables, while six-time stakes winner She’s All In will break from the rail.
Trained by Ken McPeek, Bizzy Caroline has won four times and placed four times in a dozen starts to date. She has earned $294,844.