09/22/2012 7:02PM

Arlington Park: Third Chance dominates in Addison Cammack


No one had a chance against Third Chance on Saturday at Arlington Park in the $66,400 Addison Cammack Stakes.

Third Chance, the 1-2 favorite, set solid pace while making a clear lead in the Cammack, but she did so while racing under no pressure at all. And while riders on her pursuers turning for home began vigorously encouraging their mounts, Third Chance was running completely on her own, jockey Cisco Torres a statue on her back. She drew away to win the overnight stakes race easily, beating Sir Applesolutely by 6 3/4 lengths in a performance befitting a 1-2 favorite.

A 4-year-old filly facing males, Third Chance won for the 10th time in 19 career starts, and she has been victorious in 7 of 9 Arlington races. She stopped the timer in 1:10.23 for six furlongs and paid just $3 to win. Hoodwinked finished third, while Roarin Missile, who might have been the race's second choice, was scratched.

Owned by Ron Magers, Bob Marcocchio and others, and trained by Jim DiVito, Third Chance is a daughter of Kafwain bred in Illinois by Magers. She is the leading female sprinter (if not sprinter, period) in the Illinois-bred ranks, and will be heavily favored for a repeat victory in the Powerless Handicap next month at Hawthorne if her connections opt to keep Third Chance in statebred-restricted competition. And given the way she rolls the division, and the six-figure purse at Hawthorne, why wouldn't they?