06/30/2012 6:03PM

Arlington Park: Kitty in a Tizzy gets perfect trip in Chicago Handicap

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Kitty in a Tizzy, with Cisco Torres up, scores a one-length victory in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Trainer James Bond bases his operation in upstate New York. There are no synthetic tracks in New York. Therefore, Kitty in a Tizzy, a Bond-trained horse whose best performances come on synthetics, races on the road. She has been to Woodbine several times, Keeneland twice, and Presque Isle Downs once. This week, Kitty in a Tizzy ventured to Chicago for the first time and came away with the first stakes win of her career, capturing the Grade 3, $150,000 Chicago Handicap by one length over favored Maude S.

“She’s a Poly specialist,” said Kevin Bond, the assistant trainer who saddled the filly as well as the trainer’s son. Another son, Ryan, is Kitty in a Tizzy’s groom.

The surface was right for Kitty in a Tizzy, as was the Chicago Handicap’s seven-furlong distance – the filly’s best, the younger Bond said. It also did not hurt that Kitty in a Tizzy picked up the services of Arlington’s leading rider, Cisco Torres.

Torres, winning his first graded stakes in about two years, put Kitty in a Tizzy in ideal position, sitting third along the rail after breaking from post 1, while Honey Chile set fast splits of 22.60 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.86 to the half. Torres tipped three deep coming into the stretch, and Kitty in a Tizzy, after switching her leads, ran down Honey Chile and Lady Chesterfield while holding clear the late runs of Maude S, who rallied up the rail, and Ariana D, who closed on the outside.

“It was a dream trip,” Torres said. “I couldn’t draw it up any better.”

Kitty in a Tizzy, a 5-year-old Tiznow mare owned by William Clifton, came into the Chicago Handicap still eligible for a second-level allowance race, with wins in only two of her 15 career starts and a losing streak dating to June 2010. She had finished behind Honey Chile and Ariana D, respectively, in her last two starts, but a combination of the right surface, the right distance, and the right rider worked for Kitty in a Tizzy this time.