STICKNEY/CICERO -- After facing the likes of Absinthe Minded and Tiz Miz Sue (the recent 2-3 finishers of the G1 Apple Blossom) at Oaklawn Park, SHE'S ALL IN shipped north and springed the mild upset in Saturday's Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap. Donnie Von Hemel and Luis Quinonez were the winning trainer and rider. SHE'S ALL IN, the 5-1 third choice, won by 8 3/4 lengths, paid $12.40 win and covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5. DISTORTED LOVE, the 35-1 longest shot in the field, got second. 6-5 favorite ARENA ELVIRA ran evenly to grab third place money.
LOVE AND PRIDE, the co-second choice, set sensible fractions of :23 3/5 and :48 on the lead and opened up a quick lead that evaporated just before the turn for home. Trainer Von Hemel wanted her horse to move early rather than late, and Quinonez made the move to put SHE'S ALL IN in front. At the second turn, SHE'S ALL IN snagged the lead and had built a three length lead at the head of the stretch. She turned on the gas from there. Runner-up rider Rosemary Homeister Jr. felt that ARENA ELVIRA was the horse to beat and stalked all the way around with DISTORTED LOVE. She "had good instructions [from trainer Helen Pitts] and kept to the inside because the runners in front couldn't keep that pace."
On the win Von Hemel said, "We've been really wanting to run her a mile and eighth. Down the lane she just kept getting farther ahead. In the end, Luis [Quinonez] rode a great race. We'll have some fun and enjoy this win and see what happens from here."
A happy Quinonez felt that "[SHE'S ALL IN] responded well. She ran a nice race down the lane."
The two dollar 2-8 exacta returned $267.00, the two dollar 2-8-7 trifecta returned $769.20, and the two dollar 2-8-7-5 (including LOVE AND PRIDE) superfecta returned $2429.00.
With a pick six carryover of approximately $108K, bettors added $254K of new money on the pick six that concluded with the Sixty Sails. The wager paid on six of six, on a combination of 2-1-10-4/11-9-2, for $6954.40. Five of six consolation tickets paid $53.60.
Special thanks to Chicago Barn to Wire and Assistant GM Jim Miller for considerations.