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Pure Clan Easy Victress in Modesty Handicap

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/11/2009 #

Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan lived up to her 4-5 off odds and rallied from last to easily capture the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap by 2 ½ lengths on Million Preview Day at Arlington Park.  Julien Leparoux rode the homebred daughter of Pure Prize who covered the mile and three-sixteenths over firm turf in 1:55.27.

"We had a good trip, and she ran a very, very good race," said Leparoux. "She won easily and she was the best. I was very pleased with her."

The 4-year-old filly was content to sit off the early pace of Tizaqueena, who led through moderate fractions of 25.29 seconds for the quarter, 49.89 second for a half-mile and a three-quarter mile split of 1:13.63.  With about three-eighths of a mile left in the race, Leparoux took his charge four-wide and picked up the leaders approaching the furlong marker, drawing off for the victory.

The Modesty was the first score of the season for Pure Clan but her seventh in 13 starts overall.  The multiple graded stakes winner, who numbers the Grade I American Oaks at Hollywood park last summer among her tallies, picked up $120,000 to boost her bankroll to $1,193,998.

Tizaqueena was all out in the stretch to hold the place spot, a neck clear of Dynaforce.  Lemonette and Ciao completed the order of finish.

"She ran her race, she ran a great race," said E. T. Baird, who rode the runner-up.  "(Pure Clan), you have to give her credit - she's a nice filly.  But my filly wouldn't give up second place, she fought for second."

The Modesty serves as a prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. which will be run here on Saturday, Aug. 8 as part of the International Festival of Racing and by virtue of today's result, the top three finishers earned free entry and starting fees in the Beverly D. should their connections choose to run back.

Pure Clan paid $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.  Tizaqueena returned $3.40 and $2.20.  Dynaforce paid $2.20.