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Injured Douglas Honored by Saturday Stakes Winners
On a day set aside to honor injured jockey Rene Douglas, Stephanie Clark, owner of Silverfoot who won the $54,100 The Tin Man Stakes, and fellow rider Jesse Campbell, who was aboard $53,300 Nicole's Dream Stakes heroine Taylor Madison, each paid tribute to Douglas following their respective victories.
Clark said that she was donating the $32,460 winner's share to the fund set up by Douglas's family and friends to help defray the costs incurred since he was injured in a May 23 racing incident.
"I'd like to donate the purse we just won from Silverfoot to Rene's fund and wish him well," Clark said. "We thank him for the wonderful opportunity last year (winning the Grade III Stars and Stripes aboard Silverfoot and finishing fourth in the Grade I Arlington Million)."
Under a masterful ride by Chris Emigh, the 9-year-old son of With Approval weaved his way through traffic in the stretch and found his way to the rail to overtake Public Speaker in the waning yards of the mile and a sixteenth turf race which went in 1:49.83.
"When I rode him last year there was no pace," Emigh said. "This year we had a good pace. Dallas (trainer Stewart) did a great job and had him ready. I wanted to take him to the outside, but realized I couldn't make it and went to the rail and he did great. When I was warming him up, he felt like a 3-year-old - he still thinks he's young and feels great."
The victory in Saturday's The Tin Man Stakes was the 11th in 35 starts for Silverfoot whose bankroll now stands at $942,075 and he paid $8.20, $4.80 and $4 as the 3-1 favorite.
Public Speaker was disqualified from the second for interference to General Charley in the stretch and was placed fourth, moving Embossed ($30.40 and $13.40) up to the place spot and General Charley ($5.40) to third. Valtrus, Telling, Tiger Woodman, Snapphok, Rumor Has It and Electricity completed the order of finish.
Meanwhile Campbell paid tribute to his colleague following a win aboard Dini, Strauman & Bara's Taylor Madison in the five-furlong grass dash.
"This win was for Rene," said an emotional Campbell in the winner's circle. "I got word in the paddock that Rene was betting on my horse and this win was for him. He's helped me to be a better rider for a lot of years."
Leaving from the outside post, Campbell was able to guide his mount to the rail to save ground around the turn and when a hole opened at the top of the stretch, Campbell guided the Illinois-bred daughter of Kipling to the front and earn a half-length victory over Candy Cane in 57.53 seconds.
Pleasant Review was third in the eight-horse field followed by Quiet Queen, Zhou, Goldinthepocket, Tabletobetold and Tobin's Royalty.
The Nicole's Dream was the first turf victory for the 6-year-old Taylor Madison as well as her first win of the year. Overall, her record improved to eight wins from 39 starts and the $31,980 winner's share elevated her earnings to $332,384.
Sent off at odds of 9-1, Taylor Madison paid $21.40, $9.60 and $4.60. Candy Cane returned $16 and $6.40. Pleasant Review paid $6.
Earlier in the day, jockey Quincy Hamilton scored the 1,000th victory of his career when he guided Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch's Classic Actress to a three-quarters of a length score in the seventh race. The 25-year-old Texas native is spending his first season at Arlington Park in 2009.