Chi Town Lady Runs Down Hot Peppers, Matareya in Test

Castleton Lyons’ Chi Town Lady rolled to a last-to-first victory while upsetting the heavy 1-5 favorite Matareya in a wet rendition of the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6.

Winless in two starts this year, the 3-year-old daughter of Verrazano was dismissed at 17-1 odds for trainer Wesley Ward. On a track drenched from an afternoon shower, Chi Town Lady bided her time at the back of the pack as grade 3 winner Hot Peppers showed the way. Matareya engaged Hot Peppers in a lively duel at the top of the lane until Chi Town Lady swept by those rivals in the final sixteenth under jockey Joel Rosario.

Chi Town Lady ($36) raced the seven furlongs in 1:23.97.

Hot Peppers edged Matareya for the place.

A stewards inquiry followed the race, owing to a bump involving the winner and third-place finisher in the final sixteenth, but the result stood.

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Chi Town Lady captured the Bolton Landing Stakes over the turf course at Saratoga last year as a juvenile.

Video: Longines Test S. (G1)


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