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Informed Decision Seeks Chicago Repeat

Informed Decision takes the 2009 Chicago Handicap

Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision, winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last November, will be a prohibitive favorite when she seeks a repeat bid in the Grade III Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on Sunday.  The seven-furlong race over Polytrack is the July 4 holiday headliner at the suburban Chicago racecourse.


Since capturing last year’s Chicago Handicap in front-running style, the Jonathan Sheppard-trained distaffer dominated her division with scores in the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters in Pennsylvania and the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland before earning her biggest victory in last autumn’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.


In two starts so far this year, she ran third in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland in April and third in the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.       Carrying high weight of 124, the daughter of Monarchos will be ridden by Julien Leparoux and will spot her seven rivals from six to 11 pounds.


Slated to line up against the favorite (with riders and weight assignment listed) are: Derby Daze Farm, Mark Hoffman & Earl Trostrud’s Hooh Why (Shane Sellers, 118 pounds); Team Block’s Never Retreat (Junior Alvarado, 115); Carl Pollard’s Minewander (Michael Baze, 115); Michael Stidham’s Secret Kin (E. T. Baird, 115); Jerry Jamgotchian’s Rinterval (Julio Felix, 115); Lael Stables’ Lookalike (James Graham, 114); and Charles Fipke’s Diamond Song (Chris Emigh, 113).


Grade I winner Hooh Why comes in off an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Satin N Lace at Presque Isle in her last start and before that the daughter of Cloud Hopping finished third in the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes over this course.  As a sophomore last year, Hooh Why captured the Grade I Ashland at Keeneland.  Mike Reavis is listed as trainer of the 4-year-old filly.




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Older Comments about Informed Decision Seeks Chicago Repeat...

Who says the "old gray mare just ain't what she used to be?" Did Informed Decision get off to a slower start in 2010 than usual? Absolutely. But did she come back today with the class and determination that's pulled her through many races? Absolutely again!! I love Informed Decision. Even if she run's a bad race, she still manages to finish in the money. This mare is still high quality, and is a tough, tough beat. Especially over synthetic tracks. But she races conventional dirt well, too. I knew today would be her break out race for 2010. She races well at Arlington.
After an uncharacteristic slow start to the season for Informed Decision. With two 3rd place finishes as race favorite in both races she lost. I think today's Chicago Handicap at Arlington is going to be the race than get's Informed Decision into the win column in 2010. Informed Decision is just too talented to keep down for too long. I think today is the day the big gray mare strikes, and set's the Arlington track on fire. JMO.

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