Grade I Winner Aubby K Scares Few in Chicago
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 8:06:25 PM
Last Updated: 6/29/2013 1:18:11 PM
Aubby K won the Humana Distaff Stakes May 4 by 1 1/2 lengths.
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While Aubby K improved to 2-for-2 as a 4-year-old by securing the first grade I win of her career in her previous start, nine other fillies and mares will test her in the $150,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III) June 29 at Arlington Park.
James Spence's Aubby K delivered as the 7-2 favorite for trainer Ralph Nicks in the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs as the Street Sense filly shadowed Jamaican Smoke early before taking command in the stretch and posting a 1 1/2-length victory in the seven-furlong race.
Aubby K, who won the seven-furlong Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park to open the season, will start at the same distance in the Chicago but she will face some new challenges. For starters the Chicago, on Arlington's Polytrack, will be her first race on a synthetic surface. Also, Aubby K will be spotting the rest of the field four to 11 pounds. Jockey Eddie Castro will replace regular rider Edgar Prado.
Awaiting Aubby K will be KatieRich Stables' Dr. Diamonds Prize, who invades from Presque Isle Downs, where she won an allowance race May 12 before finishing second in the $100,000 Satin N Lace Stakes there a month later. Cozze Up Lady, owned by Martin Racing, Morgan Thoroughbred, Westwind Property, and Farfellow Farms, has won two of her last three races including a victory when traveling 61/2 furlongs over the Keeneland Polytrack in April.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Drama Drama returns to a synthetic surface after a third-place run in the grassy Gaily Gaily Stakes June 8 at Arlington.
$150,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III, race 7, approximate post time 4:08 p.m. CDT) F&M, 3YO&Up, 7 furlongs
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Drama Drama (KY), F. Torres, 117, V. Oliver
2. Gold Edge (KY), F. Geroux, 112, W. Catalano
3. Maude S (KY), J. Sanchez, 116, J. DiVito
4. Flower Spell (KY), J. Graham, 113, I. Mason
5. Lady Chesterfield (KY), E. Baird, 115, M. Stidham
6. Cozze Up Lady (KY), M. Mena, 119, W. Calhoun
7. Aubby K (KY), E. Castro, 123, R. Nicks
8. Dr. Diamonds Prize (KY), D. Parker, 118, M. Hubley
9. La Song (KY), N. Vigil, 112, W. Catalano
10. Queen's Award (KY), K. Desormeaux, 116, E. Caramori
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