ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – Owner/trainer Hugh Robertson’s Hotshot Anna hammered home in record time on Saturday, cruising to an easy victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park.
Breaking sharply from post 7 under Harry Hernandez, Hotshot Anna sat just off of early leader Marquee Miss through initial splits of :22.80 and :45.08. Making her move in the far turn, Hotshot Anna emerged onto the front stretch with a growing lead. Continuing to draw off powerfully in the stretch, Hotshot Anna hit the wire first by 5 3/4 lengths in a track record final time of 1:20.93 for the 7-furlong event over the main track’s synthetic surface.
The battle for second was much closer. The co-3-1 favorites Princess La Quinta and Union Strike were separated by just 1/2 a length, with One Liz another 1/2-length back in fourth. Kyllachy Queen was only another length behind in fifth, with Babybluesbdancing, Natural Wonder, Oh So Terrible, Marquee Miss, Full of Zip, Miss Nancy, Starlight Express, and Mines and Magic completing the order of finish.
Hotshot Anna’s win was her first in a graded event and her second stakes score overall to go with the 2017 edition of the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks over the Canterbury Park turf. The 4-year-old daughter of Trappe Shot improved her career record to 16-5-5-1 with earnings of $223,640.
Hotshot Anna returned $11.60 to win, $6 to place, and $3.80 to show. Princess La Quinta brought back $4.60 to place and $3 to show, while Union Strike paid $3.80 to show.