Third Chance, the fast 4-year-old filly owned by ABC-7 Chicago news
anchorman Ron Magers, Bob Marcocchio and others, began her career with
an appetizing six-length win at Arlington 25 months ago.
On Saturday, she wrapped up her gifted history at the local oval with
a victory by almost seven lengths, and that led to the ice cream
celebration that had been publicly promised to the racing fans on hand
by the acknowledged dean of Chicago newscasters.
"I came up with that idea to honor the memory of the late Dave
Feldman, longtime racing columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times," said
Magers during his regularly schedule segment on Friday's "Roe &
Roeper" radio show. "He used to promise free ice cream to regular
readers of his column every now and again.
"Third Chance has to win the race (Arlington's $66,400 Addison
Commack Stakes) for me to buy the fans on hand tomorrow free ice cream,"
said Magers on Friday's radio show, "but with tomorrow's weather
forecast expected to be around 55 degrees, it may not cost me too much.
She will be going against the boys for the first time in her career, so
we're asking all the fans to give her a little 'Girl Power.' If they
wish for that for her, our filly should be able to win the race – but in
racing, you never know."
Magers proved correct about Third Chance being able to win the race.
The Illinois-bred daughter of Kafwain galloped home with a 6 3/4-length
win. He was also right about the suddenly chilly temperatures in
Chicagoland. However, he was wrong about only a few people showing up
to collect on the free ice cream. Approximately 500 Arlington fans
showed up to collect, and they all received their, ah, just desserts.
"That was all right with me," said Magers. "I had a lot of fun with
the whole promotion and I wanted to thank all the fans at Arlington for
the support they've given us over the last couple of years. Third
Chance finished her Arlington career with seven wins from nine starts
and she finished in the money in the other two."
Shortly after entry time for the Addison Cammack last Wednesday,
Third Chance's trainer Jimmy DiVito was asked about running his filly
against male rivals.
"There really weren't a lot of other options for her," DiVito said.
"The filly division of the stakes didn't fill. But I think she fits
here. I think we'll be in good shape."
Had DiVito ever run a filly against male rivals before?
"One other time, I think," said DiVito. "I did it with Ann of the
Dance last year in her race before the (Grade III) Arlington-Washington
Lassie. She won.
"Wait a minute, now that I think about it, I did it one other time
with Allaboutimage last year as well," said DiVito. "She 'dead-heated'
for the win in her race so on Saturday I'll be trying to make it
Third Chance, who will race once more before going to the breeding
shed next spring to be bred to City Zip, also proved the old adage "the
third time is the charm" for Magers. She is out of Magers' broodmare
Temporada. The first one, Stormy Afternoon, broke down early in his
sophomore season. The second foal, named Azevedo (Magers' mother's
maiden name), was killed in a barn fire.
Temporada, incidentally, is out of Magers' mare Lemhi Go, who won the 1992 Arlington Matron.