This Sunday afternoon saw the running of The Chicago Handicap (G3) over ten furlongs on the turf. The field was calm and collected out in the ring and throughout the post parade. All thirteen entrants loaded smoothly into the starting gate, awaiting for the bell to sound on the sunny afternoon.
Out of the gate it was Mad Eye (JPN), owned by golfteam1, no the far outside gathering speed like a bullet on the connections quest to secure a second consecutive win in The Chicago Handicap (G3) with two different horses. The gelding quickly found the rail with sctshag’s Paradise Ballet a length and a quarter behind in second. Running right alongside him to the outside was Medicate (ENG) owned and trained by sremel43 under L. Kraft. The betting favorite, Finke Tar (IRE), trained by handshob21 was five and a quarter lengths back in seventh, running mid-pack with the majority of the field. Trailing the leader by eleven lengths whoami3’s Stocking Upon Fish (NZ) brought up the rear.
O. Parker on board Mad Eye (JPN) widened his lead just slightly to a length and a half over Paradise Ballet and Medicate (ENG) who were still running together in second and third. Still back in fourth was For Dubai (IRE), owned and trained by mondaliste. Moving already were Heaven Cent (IRE), owned by oldmoonfarms, and Finke Tar (IRE) began moving up as well. Stocking Upon Fish (NZ) continued to trail the field as they moved into the third quarter.
Mad Eye (JPN) had begun to tire with the front running pace and began drop off with For Dubai (IRE), who began his charge early, moving up to take the lead by two and a quarter lengths. Paradise Ballet and Medicate (ENG) continued to hold on to second and third, still running side by side. Finke Tar (IRE) continued his slow move forward and was now behind the fading pacesetter. As the field rounded the far turn Heaven Cent began to make a determined move on the inside rail. Not A Fighter and Flab Bay, owned and trained by jbcri45 and puka respectively, began to drop out of the race.
As they flew down into the stretch, the late charging Heaven Cent took command with For Dubai (IRE) and Finke Tar (IRE) battling it out for second. Baffsters’ gelding Storm Of Pharoahs was beginning to move behind horses but was struggling to get by. Barbaras Treatment (IRE), trained by muscles2 was making a big move on the outside that may have been coming too late. Far back and never in contention as they stormed for home were Green Light Go Go (IRE) (owned by graywolf6), Tonalist Gold (trained by ddstables9), and Stocking Upon Fish (NZ) who was not having a good run today.
Finally at the wire it was the four-year-old son of Gleneagles, Heaven Cent (IRE), who in his late charging steam up the rail crossed the wire in front two and a half lengths under jockey C. Capper whilst posting a Beyer of 117, a lifetime best speed figure for the bay gelding in his first graded start. Coming home for second was For Dubai (IRE) with Finke Tar (IRE) in third. Storm Of Pharoahs would finish fourth.
Also Rans: Barbara Treatment (IRE), Medicate (IRE), Paradise Ballet, Mad Eye (IRE), Flab Bay, Not A Fighter, Green Light Go Go (IRE), Tonalist Gold, and Stocking Upon Fish (NZ).