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Nursery Rhyme Fit For a Queen Victress
Janis Whitham's Nursery Rhyme split horses at the sixteenth pole and held off a resurgent Sly Storm in the waning yards to win the $52,400 Fit For a Queen Stakes by a neck on Saturday at Arlington Park. Jesse Campbell was aboard the Ian Wilkes-trained daughter of Tale of a Cat who covered the 6 ½ furlongs over Polytrack in 1:17.08.
"I felt I had a chance at the five-sixteenths (pole)," said Campbell. "My filly was running within herself and I saw Eddie (asking) the favorite (Choragus) in the middle of the turn and it put a little more confidence in me. I decided to sit as log as I had to and she responded when the hole came open. When my filly got by (Sly Storm), she got to looking around and ease up a little bit so it ended up being a little closer than I wanted it to be."
The Fit For a Queen win was the first black-type victory for the 4-year-old filly who earned $31,440 for her efforts to boost her bankroll to $144,437 while bettering her record to three wins from 15 starts.
Sly Storm was a game second with longshot Dee's Rose finishing third.
"I thought she ran well," said Junior Alvarado, who rode the runner-up. "I thought I had a lot of horse, but when I asked her for run, she responded, but not too much."
Kylayne, Paddy Wak Wakie and Choragus completed the order of finish.
"My horse was trying, but just wasn't there today," said Choragus's jockey, Eddie Perez. "She just didn't have it."
Nursery Rhyme paid $16.60, $5.20 and $4.20. Sly Storm returned $3.80 and $3.80. Dee's Rose paid $6.40.