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Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes

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Hawthorne Derby Preps:

Fan Club's Mister and Mc Henry Co. Kid, both nominated to the Grade 3 $250,000 Hawthorne Derby on May 12, will get a prep over the turf course on Opening Day.

Fan Club's Mister, a half-brother to stakes winner Exciting Fanfare, will be trying turf for the first time. Though his last two efforts, a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park and a fifth-place finish behind highly-regarded Balto Star in the Grade 2 Spiral Stakes at Turfway, yielded lackluster results, solid turf breeding and far easier company could give him the confidence builder he needs.

Mc Henry Co Kid, on the other hand, is already a proven commodity. He broke his maiden in his initial turf start and was narrowly beaten in his next two races, both on the turf. This will be his first try on the lawn this year.

Hawthorne Gold Cup

Sergeant York, who was claimed at Newmarket for $16,800 last September 16, in currently on his way to Maryland for an engagement in the Pimlico Special on May 12. Surprisingly, he's also nominated to the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup the following weekend and sources suggest that he'll run in both events. This gelded son of Be My Chief improved dramatically after switching to the main track for Thomas Barron and he won England's premier dirt race, The Winter Derby at a mile and a quarter, in the middle of March.

Smith In Town

Jockey Mike Smith will be in to ride Claiborne Farm's Tell It in the Nicole Stakes, a $40,000 added overnight stakes on the turf, on the first day of the meet. Tell It, trained by Frank Brothers, ships in off of a convincing come-from-behind victory in a non-winners of three allowance race, on the turf, at Keeneland.




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