DEL MAR, CA – Hronis Racing’s Chaos Theory – claimed for $62,500 out of his last race – rallied strongly in the stretch to reward his owners with a win in Saturday’s $100,000 Green Flash Handicap (G3) at Del Mar.
Chaos Theory was the 9/5 favorite as he broke from post 7 under Umberto Rispoli and settled into a mid-pack stalking position entering the far turn.
Mikes Tiznow shot like a rocket from the far outside post and posted opening fractions of :22.65 and :45.02, but though he led at the top of the stretch, he began to grow leg-weary and drifted in mid-stretch.
Tipped out as he straightened for home, Chaos Theory rallied past his rivals and took the lead inside the 1/16 pole, then drew off under a confident ride to win by a length.
The John Sadler trainee completed the 5-furlong firm turf sprint in a final time of :56.22.
“It was beautiful,” Rispoli said. “He surprised me because he broke so sharply. I figured we’d be a little farther back, but it put us in a great spot just behind the speed. At this distance, you can’t get too far back. I had a lot of horse turning for home. I thought we’d get there.”
Baja Sur was a nose each ahead of Torosay and Mikes Tiznow. Mesut, Sparky Ville, and Irish Heatwave completed the order of finish.
Thanks Mr. Eidson was scratched.
Chaos Theory’s win was his second straight following the mid-June allowance/optional claiming race at Churchill Downs that allowed Hronis Racing to acquire him. The 5-year-old Curlin gelding now sports a record of 11-5-1-1 with $260,554 earned.
“We’ve got a great grass sprint program in California and Santa Anita is actually adding a turf chute,” Sadler said. “We have a variety of distances on the grass and this horse is kind of a specialist – 5, 5 1/2 furlongs – so I thought he would be a great fit in California, that’s why we brought him out. He’s a good horse. We were pleased with his race today.”
Chaos Theory returned $5.60 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.80 to show. Baja Sur brought back $4.80 to place and $3.80 to show, while Torosay paid $6 to show.