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Lemonette Squeezes Win in Arlington's $57,200 Gaily Gaily Stakes

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/26/2009 #

Favored Lemonette, the 6-year-old mare owned by Jerry Jamgotchian who was fourth in the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 11,  came outside the early leaders to squeeze out a two-length victory in Saturday's featured $57,200 Gaily Gaily Stakes at Arlington Park.

"I had a little bit of traffic trouble but I was on the best horse," said winning rider Junior Alvarado, who was scoring his third straight victory of the afternoon aboard the Eric Reed trainee.

Lemonette, who accomplished the 12-furlong distance in 2:35.89 over a turf course rated "good," paid $4.80, $3 and $2.40 while increasing her career earnings to $153,512 with her third win from 22 lifetime starts.

Russell L. Reineman Stable and Thundering Mick Stable's Cavan Thunder, who gained the advantage in mid-stretch but could not withstand the winner, easily held down the second spot at the wire finishing 4 1/4-lengths to the good of Blue Nine Stables' Ballynoe.

Cavan Thunder returned $7.80 and $6.20, while Ballynoe paid $3 for the show spot.

Donna Walter, James Tom, Jeff Zionis and Bentley Bradshaw's Peinture Fraiche made the early pace in unused fractions but tired to finish eighth.