|Hawthorne Racecourse Stakes Recap
Cart's Forty Four, Adam's Time win Hawthorne stakes
Cart's Forty Four set the pace, then drew off driving to win the Sun Power Stakes by seven lengths today at Hawthorne. The state-bred 2YO colts and geldings ran six furlongs on the dirt.
Improvisor was close up early, then rallied for second. Getem Frank, entrymate of the winner, was a head back in the show spot.
"I've had a great week," said Chris Emigh, who rode the son of Cartwright. "This one has been running against open company and facing some good horses. I figured with this Illinois-bred race things would be a little easier. I knew that if I could just stay with them they wouldn't outkick me. He was kind of slowing down turning for home. I thought he was going to fall asleep on me. I got him moving again and it was good.
"I was pretty confident going in," Emigh continued. "Barring something going wrong, I knew we were in a good spot. I just wanted to get out of the gate and make sure nothing happened. I didn't push him early but I did nudge him a bit down the lane. I didn't want to take any chances."
Randy Meier, jockey second Improviser, "I thought my colt ran good. He kind of got hurt at Arlington at the end. We got only one good work in him. I don't know if we could have handled the other horse or not but maybe he'll come right back and break his maiden."
When asked about the future, Emigh replied, "I'm not sure where he's going next but he'll be tough against state breds and he already showed that he could be tough against open company. He's a big horse and he tries hard."
Cart's Forty Four and Getem Frank paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10; Improviser paid $4.60 and $4.40.
Due Bill Stakes
Two races earlier on the card, Adam's Time ran almost the same way to win the Due Bill Stakes by almost four lengths. The race was for fillies and mares, 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.
Magic Motel was close up, and was able to hold off third-place finisher Twilight Aurora by a neck.
"There wasn't a whole lot of speed in this field and I told Randy (Meier) that if he could get an easy lead to go for it," explained winning trainer Charlie Vinci. "She was a bit flat in her last start and I was looking for a race for her two or three weeks ago, but nothing would go. After today, we'll see how she comes back and possibly look for a spot for her somewhere close before the year is over."
Chris Emigh, jockey of second place Magic Motel, said, "I probably could have gotten the lead, they were going so slow. The one horse (winner Adam's Time) didn't break so good. Mine was a little on the bit from the gate. I didn't really want the lead, she's never been on the lead. I didn't want to try something new in a stakes."
"We were kind of worried about the pace, said winning jockey Randy Meier. "I walked into the paddock and talked to Charlie (trainer Vinci) about it. There was no speed in there. Our mare had showed speed before. She broke a little bit slow so I kind of just let her loaf up there. Besides, she was just pricking up her ears and galloping.
"She's been running with some pretty nice horses," Meier continued. "This was a nice field of horses but she probably has been facing tougher. She was banging all summer long with them but she never got to go those kind of fractions. Charlie did a nice job of getting her ready. He had been trying to get her into a prep race but none of them would fill. This was great. I just love it."
The 5YO daughter of Gilded Time paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.80. Magic Motel paid $3.20 and $3.00; and Twilight Aurora paid $5.60.
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