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Strategic Mission, Reno Rumble Lead Probables for Carey Memorial

As Hawthorne approaches the final weekend in October, the turf course is open and eleven horses are listed as probable for the 18th running of the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap. This Grade 3 event covers one mile over the turf with a purse of $150,000.

The highweight for this event is Live Oak Plantation's Strategic Mission. A five-year-old horse by Mr. Prospector, this William Mott trainee has four victories in fourteen career starts. Unplaced in two career dirt efforts, Strategic Mission has shown that he is very competitive over the turf, hitting the board in nine of his twelve tries on the grass. In his last race, the Grade 2 $400,000 Shadwell at Keeneland, Strategic Mission gained the lead late before being caught at the wire by Altibr. Expect even better out of him on Saturday with this race being his second after a layoff. He is listed as the highweight at 119.

Coming off of an impressive victory in the $50,000 Bowl Game at Arlington is Reno Rumble. This six-year-old gray gelding trained by Chris Block came roaring down the stretch on September 28 in that mile-and-an-eighth event to win by three lengths. He's won nine of thirty-two career starts and hit the board in 24 of his efforts for earnings over $300,000. A strong stretch-runner, he carries 117 lbs. for the Carey.

A horse very familiar with Hawthorne is Associate. Owned by James Orr, Jr. and trained by Robert Irwin, Associate has already won at this distance during the current Hawthorne meet. In winning the Overage here at Hawthorne on October 7, Associate stalked the pace before grabbing a head victory over Minor Wisdom. A five-year-old horse by Shotiche, Associate looks to press the pace again on Saturday.

Heading into the Overage, the favorite was Minor Wisdom. Sired by Major Impact, Minor Wisdom knew the Hawthorne turf well as he was victorious in the Hawthorne Derby in 1999. Returning for the Overage as the youngest horse in the field, he was sent off at odds of 6-5 and headed right for the front end. Grabbing the lead late in the race, he was headed by Associate in the stretch and looks to the Carey for redemption.

Another that is a definite to get support is Where's Taylor. Trained by Michael Stidham, the four-year-old colt will look to see if the one mile distance over the turf is to his liking. Covering a mile and an eighth in the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup Handicap, he battled strongly through the stretch only to fade late, finishing third in that event.

The possible pacesetter for the Carey has to be Galic Boy. Last time out in the Bowl Game, Galic Boy ran out to a twelve length lead early on before fading lade in the stretch. This Mickey Goldfine trainee is looking for a much better effort in his second race after the layoff.

Rounding out the list of probables for the Carey are: Colonial Power, 113; Dernier Croise, 113; Sean's Sunshine, 112; Treat Me Doc, 112; and Iruntheshow, 111.

Breeders' Cup Notes

With less than two weeks before the Breeders' Cup, the local flavor of the Classic will be evident once again. As pre-entries for the race closed on Wednesday, the top three finishers in the Gold Cup were all nominated for the Classic. In are Golden Missile and Dust On The Bottle, and Guided Tour is listed as the first horse on the also eligibles list.





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