Abby Hatcher, Guest Suite Shine at Arlington

Abby Hatcher, Guest Suite Shine at Arlington


Abby Hatcher  rolled to a late-running score in the Chicago Stakes (G3) June 26 at Arlington International Racecourse, notching a first graded stakes win for trainer Anna Meah and rider Alex Achard.

The Irish-bred Acclamation  4-year-old waited behind a wall of horses at the field entered the turn in the seven-furlong event over the Illinois track’s all-weather surface. She came wide around the leaders and just got there at odds of 19-1. Club Car  was second and Dreamalildreamofu  settled for third.

“That’s my first win in any kind of stakes race,” said Keeneland-based Meah, in her fourth year at the job. “Right after I got started, I won an overnight stakes but I got DQ’ed to second. I thought, ‘Okay, this is going to be a nightmare.'”

Bred by Glacken View out of the Dubawi (IRE) mare Sharqawiya, Abby Hatcher ($40) started her career in Ireland, winning once in three starts. She had one win from five previous U.S. starts, in an allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs.

David Meah, Anna’s husband and owner of the filly, said the couple has no immediate plans for the filly.

“This was the end goal for two months. This opens a lot of doors,” he said. 

Video: Chicago S. (G3)

Guest Suite Takes Hanshin

In the listed Hanshin Cup Stakes on the same card, Guest Suite  rallied strongly through the final sixteenth outside rivals and was up just in time to nip Background  by a head for the win. What’s Up Dude  finished third and Captivating Moon  came from last to end up fourth.

Guest Suite raced fourth through most of the race, kicked into gear midway down the stretch, and found his best stride inside the sixteenth pole.

“I knew I had them turning for home,” winning rider Emmanuel Esquivel said.

Guest Suite wins 2021 Hanshin Cup Stakes at Arlington Park
Photo: Coady Photography

Guest Suite gets up to take the Hanshin Cup Stakes

Guest Suite, a 7-year-old Quality Road   gelding, wintered at Oaklawn Park, where he won an allowance race in March before finishing seventh in the April 17 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and sixth in the May 29 Blame Stakes. Part owner David Rodriguez of Victory Stables said trainer and co-owner Cipriano Contreras, who races as Contreras Stable, will call the shots on the gelding’s next race.

“We’re on a roll this year and I just do what the trainer tells me to,” Rodriguez said.

Guest Suite was bred in Kentucky by W. S. Farish & Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership out of the Ghostzapper   mare Guest House . He improved his record to 8-2-8 from 33 starts, with earnings of $631,017.

The Hanshin Cup is part of a reciprocal arrangement with the Japan Racing Association, and officials from the JRA New York office were on hand to present the trophy.

Racing was delayed and the first race canceled because of downpours in the Chicago area that left standing water on the track early in the day.

In a confluence of ironies, the Chicago Stakes was run at Arlington in northwest suburban Arlington Heights as the Chicago Bears are bidding to buy the land on which the track is located, presumably with the intention of moving the team to a new stadium there. And earlier in the day in Ireland, a 2-year-old colt named Go Bears Go  won the Railway Stakes (G2) at The Curragh.

Video: Hanshin Cup S. (BT)



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