Six out of six in 2010 for turf star Tuscan Evening
Report: USA, Saturday
Arlington Park: Modesty Hcap (Grade 3) 1m½f, turf, 3yo+ f/m
AMERICA'S leading turf female Tuscan Evening (Jerry Hollendorfer/Rafael Bejarano) took her 2010 record to six out of six when making all in the Modesty Handicap on the ‘Million Preview' card at Arlington on Saturday.
Rafael Bejarano: made allPICTURE: Getty Images
The ex-Irish five-year-old, a daughter of Oasis Dream, was returned 4-5 favourite after benefiting from an easy lead and setting easy fractions (a tepid 25.25s and 51s for the first two splits).
She held Éclair De Lune (received 11lb) by a half-length to take the $150,000 event, in which the former John Gosden-trained Rainbow View, unsuited by the slow pace, could finish only fourth.
Tuscan Evening was still a maiden when she left Ireland at the end of her three-year-old career, although she was second past the post in that year's Irish 1,000 Guineas.
On Saturday she was recording her eighth graded-stakes victory since crossing the Atlantic.
The Modesty in this designated prep for the Grade 1 Beverly D on the Arlington Million card on August 21.
"I would love to come back for the Beverly D," said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
"That's why we came here today to see if she likes the course and to see if she would ship well. We'd like to come back for that if she comes out of the race well."
Also on Saturday
Arlington Park: Arlington Hcap (Grade 3) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
Former claimer Rahystrada (Byron Hughes/Inez Karlsson), a gelded son of Rahy, got through on the inside to beat last year's winner Just As Well by a half-length, with former 2008 Chester Vase winner Tajaaweed taking third for trainer Dan Peitz
Grade 1 winner General Quarters reportedly resented the firm ground before coming only sixth.
Arlington Park: American Derby (Grade 2) 1m1½f, turf, 3yo
Workin For Hops (Mike Stidham/Francisco Torres), easily beaten by Saturday's Virginia Derby winner Paddy O'Prado on his previous outing, took control here at the final turn before putting daylight between himself and his opponents in the stretch. The 6-4 shot scored by a dominant 2¼ lengths.