|Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes
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Illinois-Bred Filly Shines
Illinois-Bred Horse of the Year and Champion 2-year-old, Two Item Limit, owned by Joseph Graffeo and trained by Stephen DiMauro, took control in the stretch and never looked back in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico. After a stellar 2000 season in which Two Item Limit won the Grade 3 Tempted and the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct to close out the year, she couldn't quite handle Santa Anita or the red-hot Golden Ballet in her first two starts of 2001 However, she was placed first through a DQ in the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct in her most recent appearance and appeared to be at the top of her game winning the Black-Eyed Susan.
Unfortunately, another with local connections, James B Tafel's Scoop, didn't fare quite so well. This Gene Cilio-trained 3-year-old was victorious in the National Jockey Club Oaks at Sportsman's in her last appearance but she was unable to get the extra sixteenth of this race. Scoop led most of the way but came up a little empty in the run down the stretch.
John Michael Montgomery Cancels
Country superstar John Michael Montgomery was forced to cancel his scheduled Saturday appearance at Hawthorne. Montgomery suffered from a broken leg sometime Tuesday. He will be replaced by another country star, John Anderson.
The Country Jamboree, presented by Hawthorne and US 99, will continue through Sunday May 20 in Hawthorne's infield. Included in the "Jamboree" is the Hawthorne National Rib Fest Championship featuring top national BBQ winners. The weather is beautiful. Come on out!
Galassi at another track
Peter Galassi, the busiest man in racing, will be calling the races at Maywood on Friday night.
Pick 6 Hit
The Pick 6 was hit for the first time since the $100,000 guarantee went out of effect. One winner collected $9,023.
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