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Duckhorn Wins Hawthorne Gold Cup
STICKNEY, IL - Duckhorn, ridden by Randall Meier, was able to grab the 65th running of the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday. Grabbing the lead from the start, Duckhorn opened up his lead on the backstretch through solid fractions of :23.11, :46.34 and 1:10.23. Still leading by three lengths in the stretch, Duckhorn was able to hold off the late charge by Lido Palace to win by 1¼ lengths, stopping the clock at 2:01.61. Lido Palace paid $6.00 to place and Guided Tour ran third, paying $3.20. The exacta paid $108.00, with the trifecta paying $591.00.
Quotes from Hawthorne Gold Cup
David Flores, second on Lido Palace: "I wanted to be closer but didn't get out of the gate. I thought we were going to get to him (Duckhorn) but he just kept running. We couldn't catch him."
Robert Frankel, trainer of Lido Palace: "This was the horse I was afraid of. When we came back from Dubai and this race came up we decided to come here. I've had him since December."
Patrick Byrne, trainer, winner Duckhorn: "When he shows up like he can he shows signs of brilliance. He's got a good, tight cruise and galloping pace. When he gets his own way, he gets a little bit better. I really don't know what happened at Sportsman's (5th place National Jockey Club Handicap). It was a disappointment, obviously.
"He's driving the handicappers crazy because he has this one down, one up, one down, one up form. After the Sportsman's race I decided that if he came back and trained well, off that disappointing effort, I thought that the Hawthorne Gold Cup would have been a good one. Then I thought, let's regroup, maybe try an allowance race back home at Churchill. But he trained so great at home, I thought 'Well, let's take a shot. So here we are.' "
Alex Solis, jockey Ecton Park: "He never got into the race. At the half-mile pole he was done. He just had nothing today."
Randall Meier, jockey, winner Duckhorn: "He was running easy. He was running fast but he was running easy. We were stepping along. They didn't want me to try to anchor him because they said he'll displace (soft palate). They wanted me to keep a long cross on him and let him run his race. This was a great step in the right direction. Coming off the injury last year and being leading rider at Sportsman's and then winning this race has capped things off to here, but I'm sure there's more to come."
Larry Melancon, 3rd beaten favorite Guided Tour: "At the half mile pole I started moving but my horse was flat today. I had plenty of opportunity to go but I just didn't have it."
Quotes from Dee Lance Stakes
Winnie's Pooh Bear was close up most of the race, then caught Too Many Bucks in the stretch and drew off to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Too Many Bucks lost the place late to favorite Brassy Babe.
Jerry LaSala, 3rd, jockey Too Many Bucks: "He's an Illinois bred running in open company. He tried hard, you know. We were running pretty easily but in the last 60 yards I just ran out of horse."
Lupe Macias, 2nd, jockey beaten favorite Brassy Babe: "I got boxed in. He made up a lot of ground once I got clear. He broke sharply, more sharp than he's ever broke. In hindsight I probably should have hooked him (Too Many Bucks). When I wasn't clear I had to get behind his heels. And, I got bumped by the four (Friskie Feddie) anyway. He smashed into me on the turn. I was afraid of the seven (winner, Winnie's Pooh Bear)."
Alfredo Juarez Jr., on winner Winnie's Pooh Bear: "He broke sharp. He gave it to me when I asked him to go to the lead. I didn't have any trouble. I expected him to be a little tired. He's started three times and won only last week. He got tired late but still had enough."
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