ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–Nine older fillies and mares saw the starter in the Grade 3, $150,000 Chicago Handicap, and it was the horse closest to the rail that emerged the victor. Francisco “Cisco” Torres, the meet’s leading rider, piloted KITTY IN A TIZZY to a one-length victory. It was the first graded stakes win for Torres since winning on Workin For Hops in the 2010 American Derby.
HONEY CHILE predictably set the early pace for the seven-furlong event, taking a lead into the stretch after zesty early fractions of :22.60 and :44.86. After dashing 3/4 mile in 1:09.96, HONEY CHILE yielded to the pressing LADY CHESTERFIELD. In the stretch, the closers then came from all sides, with KITTY IN A TIZZY moving from fifth early to third at the head of the lane to her one-length win. MAUDE S, the 19-10 fresh of a smashing allowance/optional claiming win, was second. ARIANA D came up late to be third, just ahead of pacesetting HONEY CHILE.
KITTY IN A TIZZY, the third choice in the wagering at just under 5-1 odds, went the seven furlongs in 1:23.49 and paid $11.80 to win for Torres and trainer H. James Bond.
KITTY IN A TIZZY winning the Chicago Handicap. Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos.
Torres commented on how he was pleased with the way race developed in post-race interviews. “When I eased her out turning for home with those two in front of me who were going decent fractions, it was just a matter of when I was going to push the button on her. The race developed well and it paid off.”
Both runner-up trainer Jim DiVito and runner-up rider Jeffrey Sanchez felt the same after the race, feeling that “the winner just ran too fast”, according to Sanchez.
The $2 1-7 exacta of KITTY IN A TIZZY and MAUDE S returned $40.40. The fifty cent 1-7-2 trifecta of KITTY IN A TIZZY, MAUDE S, and ARIANA D paid $27.70. Dime superfectas adding in HONEY CHILE yielded a return of $17.22.
Arlington Park will have a special 3 pm first post holiday card on Wednesday July 4. Following the last race on Wednesday, there will be a fireworks show. Starting July 5, Arlington will operate on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. Post time will be 3pm on Fridays, and 1pm on other days. (All times are given are Central Time.)
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