Robert & Kelly Dobbs and Carson Springs Farm’s
Tazz and the Estate of Gail Gee, Mark Hoffman and Earl Trostrud’s Hooh Why each
captured a division of the Illinois Owners Stakes at Arlington Park on Friday,
the day before the Arlington Million.
In the $61,800 open division, the Christine Janks-trained
Tazz found an opening near the eighth pole and drew off to win the mile and a
sixteenth turf race by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:44.37 under Seth Martinez. It was
the second stakes win for the son of Roar of the Tiger who captured the $90,100
Black Tie Affair Handicap in June.
“Rob told me to sit and wait for an opening,” Martinez
said. “I was fortunate enough to get out from there and he took off.”
Kisses was second and it was another neck back to 5-2 favorite Cool C Note, who
was third in the eight-horse field.
paid $10.40, $4.60 and $3.60. Exchanging Kiss returned $4 and
$3.20. Cool C Note paid $10.40.
races later, Hooh Why pulled off a 16-1 upset in the $61,700 fillies and mares
division. Jozbin Santana rode the Mike Reavis-trained daughter of Cloud
Hopping who got the mile and a sixteenth over “good” turf in 1:44.28.
taken off some weight since I had her,” Reavis said. “She’d only run on
the turf once before so that was a concern.”
Askbut I Won’ttell, the 1-2 favorite, ran second, 2
¾-lengths ahead of Peyote Patty.
Hooh Why paid $35, $10.40 and $4. Askbut I Won’ttell
returned $2.60 and $2.10. Peyote Patty paid $2.40.
In the second annual Legends race pitting Arlington’s Fab
Five against four Legends of the Saddle (it was to be five but on horse to be
ridden by a legend was scratched), Junior Alvarado’s victory aboard Dean Caras’
Top Pair ($8.20) gave the Fab Five a 25-14 win over the Legends based on a
sliding point scale.
For the second year in a row, Hall of Fame rider Earlie
Fires finished second in the race – this time with Avantibdancing.