CHICAGO HANDICAP | PURSE: $150,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP | FILLIES & MARES | GRADE 3 | 7 FURLONGS
Cozze Up Lady saved ground to the stretch, shifted out for a clear path, and emerged from a line of fillies and mares to take Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park by three parts of a length under Miguel Mena.
The 4-1 third choice in a field of nine, Cozze Up Lady paid $10.40, $5.80 and $3.80 after completing seven furlongs on the Polytrack in 1:23.
"She broke good and there was a really good pace in front of us," said Mena, referring to Flower Spell's splits of :22 3/5 and :45. "We just had to wait to get through and we did that at the three-sixteenths pole. She was home free."
Queen's Award, a 10-1 chance, finished second by a length over 8-5 favorite Aubby K, the Humana Distaff winner who was making her first start over a synthetic surface.
Following the public choice under the wire were Maude S, Flower Spell, Drama Drama, Dr. Diamonds Prize, La Song and Lady Chesterfield. Gold Edge was scratched.
"We had a lot of confidence and we were pointing for this race for a while," said Bret Calhoun, who trains the four-year-old filly for Martin Racing, Morgan Thoroughbred, Westwind Property and Farfellow Farms. "She's in very good form and we thought she'd like the synthetic surface. We thought seven-eighths would be a real good distance for her.
"It's has been a goal for us to get some graded stakes wins under her. We got this one done and hopefully there will be more in the future."
Bred in Kentucky by Farfellow Farms, Cozze Up Lady was stakes-placed twice last season on grass, in the Indiana Distaff at Indiana Downs and the Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar. With this third victory in five starts on a synthetic surface, her overall record now stands at 11-5-2-2, $250,431.
A daughter of the Johannesburg mare The White Lady, Cozze Up Lady counts as her third dam the multiple Grade 3 queen Apolda, who is herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Ganges. Multiple Grade 3 winner Bedanken also hails from this female line.