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Devil By Design Wins Chicago Handicap!

Daughter of Medaglia D’oro Devil By Design ($10.60) won the Chicago Handicap in her 2011 debut for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Corey Nakatani on Sunday 7/3/11. 

Dr. Zic got out to an early lead by a length over post time favorite Tidal Pool in a hot pace of 22 3/5.  Devil By Design tracked the pace in fourth then third to the quarter pole.  She started her move right on the far turn to catch the leaders.  At the final furlong, the three horses charged three-wide and in the final 1/16 Devil By Design pulled away for the victory!

Longest shot in the field La Rocca shipped in from Woodbine and finished second also in her 2011 debut.  La Rocca charged in initially from the rail and switched out to the middle of the track to try to catch the leaders.  She charged very hard at the end for the place and should be one to watch next time out. 

The exacta was a nice $179.00 and the Sunday-only quinella even paid $154.40 (remember the conversation about value at AP)!!

Chicago Handicap:  RACE REPLAY

Up next, the Chicago Dark Horse preview of the Million preview... (that's awfully redundant, a preview of a preview...that reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon I saw once, if you eat pasta and anti-pasto does that cancel each other out leaving you hungry??)


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Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I even had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!
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