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Tazz, Hooh Why Win Illinois Owners Stakes Divisions
TAZZ, HOOH WHY SHARE ILLINOIS OWNERS STAKES HONORS; ALVARADO GIVES ARLINGTON FAB FIVE VICTORY IN LEGENDS RACE
Robert & Kelly Dobbs and Carson Springs Farm's Tazz and the Estate of Gail Gee, Mark Hoffman and Earl Trostrud's Hooh Why each captured a division of the Illinois Owners Stakes at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Arlington Million.
In the $61,800 open division, the Christine Janks-trained Tazz found an opening near the eighth pole and drew off to win the mile and a sixteenth turf race by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:44.37 under Seth Martinez. It was the second stakes win for the son of Roar of the Tiger who captured the $90,100 Black Tie Affair Handicap in June.
"Rob told me to sit and wait for an opening," Martinez said. "I was fortunate enough to get out from there and he took off."
Exchanging Kisses was second and it was another neck back to 5-2 favorite Cool C Note, who was third in the eight-horse field.
Tazz paid $10.40, $4.60 and $3.60. Exchanging Kiss returned $4 and $3.20. Cool C Note paid $10.40.
Two races later, Hooh Why pulled off a 16-1 upset in the $61,700 fillies and mares division. Jozbin Santana rode the Mike Reavis-trained daughter of Cloud Hopping who got the mile and a sixteenth over "good" turf in 1:44.28.
"She's taken off some weight since I had her," Reavis said. "She'd only run on the turf once before so that was a concern."
Askbut I Won'ttell, the 1-2 favorite, ran second, 2 ¾-lengths ahead of Peyote Patty.
Hooh Why paid $35, $10.40 and $4. Askbut I Won'ttell returned $2.60 and $2.10. Peyote Patty paid $2.40.
In the second annual Legends race pitting Arlington's Fab Five against four Legends of the Saddle (it was to be five but on horse to be ridden by a legend was scratched), Junior Alvarado's victory aboard Dean Caras' Top Pair ($8.20) gave the Fab Five a 25-14 win over the Legends based on a sliding point scale.
For the second year in a row, Hall of Fame rider Earlie Fires finished second in the race – this time with Exchanging Kisses.