Prairie State Festival quite a day at Arlington
Third Chance wins Saturday's Isaac Murphy Handicap at Arlington Park with jockey Francisco Torres aboard.
Four Footed Fotos
A half-hour rain delay to start the day, heavy favorites rolling, heavy favorites fizzling. Longshots, front-runners, stone-cold closers, you name it, and Saturday's Prairie State Festival at Arlington Park had it.
White Oak Handicap:
The first race on the Festival card provided the biggest surprise of the day as 4-5 favorite River Bear broke last out of the gate and ended up finishing fifth in the six-horse field.
The winner was 8-1 shot Capt. Bullet Bob with Tim Thornton aboard, grabbing the lead in the stretch and holding on for a neck victory over a hard-charging Four Left Feet (9-1).
The quote: "He just can't handle this Polytrack. On the dirt he's 10 times better. On this … no response at all."
— jockey Danish Sukie (River Bear)
The longshots just kept a comin' as Sandia Crest (20-1) with James Graham aboard, went from last to first to edge Sweet Luca (6-1) late and key a $2 exacta payout of $260.
The quote: "When I asked him to go, he went, and it was over."
— winning jockey James Graham
Isaac Murphy Handicap:
Third Chance gave the field absolutely no chance in this one, taking the lead midway through and then cruising to a 6½-length victory, her second in two starts this year and her eighth in 17 career races.
Third Chance paid $3.40 to win. Algonquin Road (8-1) came on late for second.
The quote: "She makes everybody's job easier. She comes up, gets up and then gets her picture taken."
— winning jockey Francisco Torres
Purple Violet Stakes:
In a race filled with plenty of pace, La Tia, with Constantino Roman aboard, got to the front and stayed there en route to a dominant 8¼-length victory over Dolly Peach and 26-1 longshot Wonder Country.
The quote: "She got the lead with all those sprinters in there, but that worked out good."
— winning trainer Brian Williamson
Lincoln Heritage Handicap:
James Graham picked up his second Festival win by guiding favorite Cumulonimble to a 3-length victory over Pathway (20-1) and front-runner Katie the Lady (3-1), who finished in a dead heat for second.
The quote: "My filly sat real well, and when I pulled the trigger, she went."
— winning jockey James Graham
Black Tie Affair:
E.T. Baird took Mr. Mischief (5-1) right to the lead and never looked back in holding off Suntracer and Forbidden Forest (13-1) to capture the Festival finale.
The quote: "He runs really competitive races. (Trainer) Tony Granitz always lets me ride him, and I've always gotten along with him well."
— winning jockey E.T. Baird
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