ARLINGTON HEIGHTS-- While it was Chris Block who spoke of Addison Cammack in a recent edition of Arlington Park Barn Notes, one of Cammack's comrades was trainer Jim DiVito. DiVito spoke of him and their time together at Hawthorne in a post-race interview. As to the race at hand, the $65,000 Addison Cammack Stakes, DiVito was a little more succinct on race winner THIRD CHANCE.
"She's a gem."
And the gem shone on a chilly, autumnal afternoon. THIRD CHANCE was the 7-5 morning line favorite, opened up at 1-9 odds at first flash, and closed at 1-2 odds. She broke quickly to a two length lead from the bell and was in front for every inch of the six furlong state-bred stakes sprint. Split times were :22.18 for the first quarter, :45.15 for the first half, :57.28 for 5/8 mile, and a final six-furlong time of 1:10.23. Final winning margin was 6 3/4 lengths.
The two Chris Block trainees, SIR APPLESOLUTELY and HOODWINKED, were second and third respectively. They were behind THIRD CHANCE all the way, as SIR APPLESOLUTELY stalked from mid-pack and HOODWINKED closed from far off the pace for the minor awards. SMILING GAMBLER (fourth) and VAN DEMON (fifth) completed the field of five Illinois-bred sprinters.
THIRD CHANCE, a four-year-old Illinois-bred filly by Kafwain, was bred by local WLS-TV anchor Ron Magers. She returned $3 to win as the heavy 1-2 favorite. Leading rider Francisco Torres rode (who had four wins in the day's first six races, including this win) for trainer Jim Divito.
THIRD CHANCE scores with ease in the Addison Cammack Stakes. Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos.
For THIRD CHANCE's next start, co-owner/breeder Ron Magers indicated that she'll return during Hawthorne's Fall meet in the Powerless Handicap for state-bred sprinters. The Powerless is slated to be her final start, Then, she'll go off to retirement as a broodmare, with plans to be bred to City Zip.
The $2 2-3 exacta of THIRD CHANCE and SIR APPLESOLUTELY paid $7.80. The fifty cent 2-3-1 trifecta of THIRD CHANCE, SIR APPLESOLUTELY, and HOODWINKED returned $2.35. Dime superfectas with SMILING GAMBLER in the fourth position paid out a meager seventy-nine cents, easily one of the lowest payouts in memory.
Special thanks to Sr. Communications Mgr. Dave Zenner for considerations.