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PHIL GEORGEFF ILLINOIS FESTIVAL OF RACING TAKING SHAPE
Nominations for the Powerless Stakes and the Lightning Jet Stakes, the final two stakes segments of the Phil Georgeff Illinois Festival of Racing, closed Saturday, pending nominations received in late mail.
The Powerless Stakes, a six-furlong race for Illinois-bred fillies and mares, three and up, closed with 16 nominations. The Lightning Jet Stakes, for Illinois-bred runners, three and up, closed with 12 nominations. Both carry purses of $40,000 added.
JUAREZ TO APPEAL
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr., currently tied for third in Hawthorne's jockey standings, has been suspended for three racing days: November 9, 10, and 11.
Juarez, who was aboard disqualified winner Butterscotch Dave in Saturday's third race, was suspended for failure to maintain a straight course.
Butterscotch Dave was disqualified from first to third. Juarez will appeal the suspension. Attorney Arthur Engelland will handle the appeal.
Juarez, who won with Chartwell in the second, Fallacy in the eighth, and Future Trick in the ninth, would have become the first jockey at Hawthorne this season to score with four winners on the same day.
TEARS OF HAPPINESS AND...
With all of the hoopla surrounding the eight Breeders' Cup events, one of the better performances of the day was overshadowed. After finishing second as the 3-to-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1) a year ago, Chilukki found herself in a supporting role on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
The three-year-old Cherokee Run filly made the most of her chances when she ran down Reciclada (Chi) in the final yards to win the Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (Grade 2) by a head in track record time. Reciclada grabbed the lead soon after the start and zipped through early fractions of :22.57, :45.56, and 1:09.80 before Chilukki, with jockey Gary Stevens in the irons, drew even with her after seven furlongs in 1:21.57.
After a furious stretch duel, they still needed a photo to separate the two at the wire. Chilukki's final time of 1:33.57 eclipsed the previous mark of 1:33.80 set by Evasive Action on November 15, 1969.
Chilukki became an equine millionaire, earning $154,008 to increase her earnings to $1,059,828 for Stonersside Stable, while winning for the 10th time in 14 career starts. She won her first six starts as a 2-year-old before finishing second to Cash Run in the Juvenile Fillies at Gulfstream Park.
Despite that loss, her efforts were good enough to earn her year-end honors. In her six prior starts this year, Chilukki had won three times, but was winless in the graded ranks. She took the Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 4, an allowance race at Saratoga Race Course on August 25, and the California Equine Retirement Foundation Handicap at Del Mar on September 13.
Saturday's victory was her third in a row.
...TEARS OF SADNESS
Internal Bleeding Claims Life of Spanish Fernby
Juddmonte Farms' Spanish Fern suffered a fractured pelvis soon after the start of the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday. She died Saturday evening from internal bleeding that resulted from a fractured pelvis. The 5-year-old daughter of El Gran Senor pulled herself up shortly after the break, noticeably favoring her left hind leg. She was removed by ambulance, examined by Dr. Ken Reed, treated for early signs of shock, and transported to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.
Spanish Fern was examined by Dr. Scott Hopper at Rood and Riddle, where she was found to have a fracture of the left side of her pelvis, with internal bleeding associated with the fracture. She was given intravenous fluid and blood volume replacement, plus corticosteroids and treatment for shock.
Though veterinarians were able to stabilize her, Spanish Fern began hemorrhaging again in the evening and died from internal bleeding around 9:30 p.m. The following statement was released by Dr. Larry Bramlage:
"Fractures of the pelvis are occasionally seen in the horse as the result of trauma or muscular exertion during exercise. Fractures of the pelvis are seen in horses while racing, training, or while turned out in a field. The pelvis serves as the anchorage for all of the major musculature of the hind limb.
"As we all watched the 'break' as the gate opened for the Filly & Mare Turf race we could see Spanish Fern accelerate and then immediately become lame on the left hind limb. She created the fracture with the force of her own musculature acceleration. The immediate swelling indicated that she lacerated one of the large blood vessels, which lie within the pelvis, when the fracture occurred. The first aid and care of this filly stabilized the situation. Unfortunately, she began to hemorrhage again late Saturday evening, a few hours after being admitted to the intensive care facility at Rood and Riddle.
"Fatal hemorrhage is a rare, but well documented sequel of fracture of the pelvis in the horse. This is one of the situations where absolute bed rest is the prescription for stabilizing the hemorrhage and allowing the vessels to clot. Unfortunately this is not possible in the horse and they become victims of their innate desire to remain mobile and unrestrained in times of stress. In this instance that instinct re-initiated the hemorrhaging and proved fatal to Spanish Fern."
Trainer Robert Frankel said she had never shown any soundness problems.
Spanish Fern was a six-time winner from 20 starts and earned $748,370. Her most prized victory was the 1999 Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita.
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