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Into Trouble Overcomes in Arlington-Washington Lassie
Donamire Farm’s Into Trouble successfully tested the waters in the 84th edition of the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, her first start over an all-weather surface for trainer Ben Colebrook.
Guided by jockey Chris Emigh, the 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief was last out of the gate in the seven-furlong event for juvenile fillies at Arlington International Racecourse while Krystle Holsapple’s Thunderous Gem set opening fractions of 22.81 and 46.52. Lothenbach Stables’ Winning Envelope tracked the pacesetter alongside Right Time Racing III and Madaket Stables’ Meadow Dance to the half-mile marker. Into Trouble quickly got herself into contention by the time the field entered the stretch in 1:12.00 and ran past Justin Johns-trained Thunderous Gem to win by 2¾ lengths in a final time of 1:24.97. It was another four lengths back to Brad Cox trainee Meadow Dance who persevered to finish third.
“[They said] she’s really classy, just see what happens,” said Emigh of his winner. “She wasn’t paying attention at the break and fell out of the gate a little bit. She was still able to relax, and when I asked her to run she just went by everybody. I had so much horse and she was going so easy, I just took my time to try and find a way through.”
“Her last breeze was really good [on the Polytrack],” Colebrook said of Into Trouble’s pre-race half-mile move at Keeneland Race Course. “She did handle the surface, but you just never know when they haven’t raced over it before. She’s very classy and just a really, really nice filly so we’ll enjoy this one and find something for her down the road.”
Thunderous Gem’s rider Edgar Perez believed that the swift pace upfront was detrimental to his filly’s chances of victory.
“Overall I had a good trip and broke well,” commented Perez. “But I took on some early pressure and that cost us the race.”
“She didn’t handle the track,” said Arlington’s current leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. about third-place finisher Meadow Dance.
Trained by Chris Block, Winning Envelope was in a good position throughout the race but appeared uncomfortable at the top of the stretch and faded to fifth.
“I had a good trip,” said jockey Carlos Marquez, Jr. “She was just a little bit too rank early and I could never get her settled down.”
Into Trouble rewarded her backers with payouts of $30.40, $9.60 and $3.40. Thunder Gem returned $6.60 and $4 while Meadow Dance brought back $2.60.
Undefeated in two career starts, Into Trouble used the winner’s share of $43,650 to enhance her career earnings to $68,850.
Emigh landed a win earlier in the card to move into third in the all-time leading jockey standings at Arlington behind Hall of Fame riders Earlie Fires (2,886) and Pat Day (1,330). With his victory in the Lassie, Emigh sits at 1,080 wins at the Chicagoland oval.
Rounding out the field were Next Dance, Winning Envelope, Craft Show, Get None and Chrome Attack. Beach Getaway was scratched.