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FAVORED MANDY'S GOLD ANNEXES CHICAGO BC 'CAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 8, 2002) -- Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold, the 7-10 post time favorite, took the lead on the turn and was all out to hold off the challenge of Cat and the Hat to win the $164,440 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap by a head Saturday at Arlington Park. The Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, 3-year-old and upward, was the kickoff event on Arlington's 38-event $6.3 million stakes schedule.
Rene Douglas rode the Michael Gorham-trained daughter of Gilded Time who covered the distance over a fast track in 1:22.86 and paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. It was the second straight added-money victory for the 4-year-old filly, who captured the $75,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park in her previous start. She earned $98,664 to push her bankroll past the $300,000 mark to $307,044.
"She's the nicest filly to ride," said Douglas. "She has a nice long stride. I think she can go a distance. I liked the way she responded to me when I asked her. I had to be real aggressive with her down by the three-eighths because I didn't want the two horse (Soul Onarazorsedge) to carry me out. I didn't want to do that but I didn't want to end up wide."
Longshot Soul Onarazorsedge had the lead through the first quarter mile of the race, taking the field of six distaffers to that juncture in 23.08 seconds before giving way on the turn.
After Mandy's Gold overtook the pacesetter, Cat and the Hat found room on the inside to challenge the eventual winner.
"My filly is such a big filly," said jockey Eusebio Razo Jr., who rode the runner-up. "Rene rode a good race. His horse never bothered me, but I never really had any room for my filly to stretch out all the way. I thought there'd be a little trouble on the backstretch but the rail opened up so I went ahead and used it. (Rene) had me right where he wanted me. It was tight enough that my filly was a little timid. If I had been on the outside or had more room, I think she would have won today."
Cat and the Hat paid $3.00 and $2.10. She finished sixth-lengths clear of third-place finisher Caressing, who returned $2.10.
"She was running so easy down the backside, but then she got out a little bit turning for home," said Caressing's jockey, Chris Emigh. "She was getting a little tired during the last part of it. She was kind of flat, but I'm sure she got something out of this race."
Faccia Bella, Applesolutely and Soul Onarazorsedge completed the order of finish.
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