Picks and Ponderings: Lovely Loyree, Oak Brook Wire Illinois-Bred Turf Stakes

On a humid and (at times) rainy day at Arlington Park, Illinois-bred older grass horses took centre stage for a pair of 1 1/16 mile stakes races.  The Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap, named after the late turf writer for the Daily Herald, featured a field of six fillies and mares, including graded stakes performers LOVELY LOYREE and PRADO’S SWEET RIDE.  The open-company complement, the Black Tie Affair Handicap, was the long-awaited eight-year-old debut of multiple Grade 1 winner THE PIZZA MAN — but he had four other foes to face, and they would not let him have it easy.

One race saw a well-backed victor.  In the other, a longshot prevailed.  But, in both, speed held over the rain-soaked grass.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my recap of today’s stakes action at Arlington, and check in with the best turf horses Illinois has to offer!

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