The Chicago Handicap,(Grade III), at Arlington Park is a race for three-year-old fillies and mares going seven furlongs for a purse $100,00. This year Chicago Handicap, race 8 on the card, has a competitive field of thirteen fillies and mares. The field has stakes winners, horses running over Arlington Park’s synthetic surface for the first time, some proven seven-furlong runners, horses who are dropping down in distance and first time stake race competitors.
Marquee Miss lost her last race an Allowance Optional Claiming race on May 25th at Arlington Park at the break and never a factor recovered. She was second in the Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 3rd. She has recorded a stakes win over the Arlington Park’s synthetic surface, the Arlington-Washington Lassie on August 29,2015. She has raced over the Arlington Park’s synthetic surface three times.
Union Strike returns to the track after her seventh-place finish run in the January 13 La Canada Stakes (Grade II) at Santa Anita Park. This will be Union Rags first trip over a synthetic course.
Oh So Terrible finished third in her 2018 debut an Allowance Optional Claiming race over a mile and a sixteenth at Arlington Park on June 1st. She finished ninth in her only stake race the Mrs. Revere Stakes,(Grade II) at Churchill Downs on November 24, 2017.
Princess La Quinta won her first graded victory in the Arlington Matron Stakes (Grade III) at Arlington International Racecourse on May 19th. La Quinta returns to Arlington to extend her 2018 two race win streak to three over Arlington’s synthetic course . She enjoys running over Arlington’s synthetic course track. She has recorded 4 wins in five starts at Arlington. Princess La Quinta has won consecutive races over distances greater than a mile.
Mines and Magic is a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter mare who will be making her Arlington debut in the Chicago. She is coming off a sixth-place finish in a May 24 an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Churchill Downs.
Babybluesbdancing is coming off a gate‐to‐wire win over a mile and a sixteenth early this month. Daughter of Sky Mesa has a record of 8‐4‐1‐1 on this track but was not a factor and finished fifth in the Arlington Matron on May 19th.
Hotshot Anna rallied from just off the pace to win her last race, an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Canterbury, going six and a half furlongs on May 19th. She finished eighth in her racing debut at Arlington on August 18, 2016. In 2018, she has started 4 times and recorded 1 win and two seconds.
Full of Zip won one of three previous starts on a synthetic course. She is making her return to the track after her poor outing in the Wayward Lass Stakes over a mile and a sixteenth at Tampa on January 20th.
Natural Wonder was not a factor the in her last race the Unbridled Stakes at Churchill on May 20th. She has won two races out of her four career starts on synthetic courses.
One Liz , oldest of Saturday’s entrants is 7-year-old Illinois Bred, won her 2018 debut May 25 at Arlington before finishing second in the Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap on June 9th.
Starlight Express in her 2018 debut made late kick in an Allowance Optional Claiming to finish fourth over five and a half furlongs on grass at Churchill on June 9th. She has won one previous over on a synthetic surface. This is will be her first time facing stake race competition.
Miss Nancy closed to finish fourth over a mile and a sixteenth on grass at Churchill Downs on May 12th. She ran ninth in the Latonia Stakes at Turfway Park on March 17th. The Chicago Handicap will be her third start this year.
Chicago Handicap, Grade III, at Arlington Park . For three-year-old fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Purse $100,00.
Entries for Chicago Handicap:
|1||Marquee Miss||Christopher Emigh||Ingrid Mason||10/1|
|2||Union Strike||Corey Nakatani||Mick Ruis||3/1|
|3||Oh So Terrible||Edgar Perez||Bradley Ross||30/1|
|4||Kyllachy Queen||Joseph Berrios||Ben Colebrook||15/1|
|5||Princess La Quinta||Sophie Doyle||James Gulick||4/1|
|6||Mines and Magic||Jesse Campbell||Victoria Oliver||10/1|
|7||Hotshot Anna||Harry Hernandez||Hugh Robertson||5/1|
|8||Full of Zip||Mitchell Murrill||Michael Stidham||30/1|
|9||Babybluesbdancing||Julio Felix||Terrel Gore||12/1|
|10||Natural Wonder||Declan Cannon||Sally Sue Schu||8/1|
|11||One Liz||Jose Valdivia, Jr||Wayne Catalano||10/1|
|12||Starlight Express||Rayan Gazader||James Baker||50/1|
|13||Miss Nancy||Jose Lopez||Ian Wilkes||20/1|
Our top three picks are:
- Union Strike
- Princess La Quinta
- Hotshot Anna