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Victorianna Sets Track Record in Fit For a Queen Stakes
The Fit For a Queen Stakes was named for one of the fastest distaff sprinting fillies to have graced the old dirt track at Arlington Park so it seems only fitting that a track record was set in the 2008 edition of the race, which is now contested over the suburban Chicago’s Polytrack surface.
Victorianna, who races in the colors of Arvin Will & Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, sped to a 1 ¼-length victory in a brisk 1:14.50 for the six and one-half furlongs, more than half a second faster than the previous standard of 1:15.07 recorded by Kemp last August.
“She loves the Polytrack,” said jockey James Graham who rode the Eddie Kenneally-trained daughter of Tale of the Cat. “Everything I asked her to do she did. She ran this race so easy. Victorianna is a charm to ride.”
The 4-year-old filly stalked the pace of Featherbed who set fractions of 22.31 seconds, 44.40 seconds and 1:08.10 before giving way to the winner. The Fit For a Queen was the third win in five starts this year for Victorianna and her fourth in 10 trips to the post overall. She earned $31,800 to boost her bankroll to $125,502.
Sent off at odds of more than 3-1, she paid $8.60, $4.60 and $2.60. Featherbed returned $5 and $3.20. Mini Sermon was third and paid $2.10. Dimple Pinch and Kindling completed the order of finish.