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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/2/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Beret Takes Indian Maid Breeders’ Cup at Hawthorne

STICKNEY, IL -- Fillies and mares were featured in the running of the $122,500 Indian Maid Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the turf at Hawthorne going 1 1/16 miles. One of the main questions coming into the race was if Beret could stay on her feet. In two of her last five starts, Beret had stumbled immediately out of the gate, losing her rider and all shot of winning. After the break today, the rest was clockwork.

Breaking sharply from the gate in the Indian Maid was Be Factual, along with Of Legal Age. After Be Factual pulled out of the race in the first turn, Be Factual and Arsen Annie took over, setting the early fractions in :23.4 and :48.1. In the well-bunched pack, Beret sat near the back, but was within six lengths of the front. Into the far turn, the field was only five lengths from front to back and Beret and jockey C.H. Marquez Jr. swung wide to begin her move.

After passing three-quarters in 1:12.3, Beret took over and drew off in the lane, cruising under the wire a four-length winner over stalking Delicatessa, stopping the clock in 1:43.44.

Winning for owners Willmott Stables, Inc. Beret returned $7.20, $4.00, and $3.40. Delicatessa returned $6.20 and $4.40 while Golden Trevally returned $13.60 to show.

Jockey C.H. Marquez Jr posted a masterful ride aboard Beret, “She’s got a lot of class. The main thing with her is getting her out of the gate. She stumbles a lot. She tries to get out of the gate too fast and sometimes loses her footing. The gate crew did a great job with her in this race. You hope to get some pace in front of her. They went a :48 and change half and I had to move sooner than I wanted but today it worked out.”

Trainer Brian Williamson was happy with the effort as well, “That was great! Carlos (Marquez) had plenty of horse all the way around. I’m a little nervous when she was coming out of the gate, but once she got out clean I knew we had a great shot. She was training super coming into this race. I probably shipped her one too many times before last. It was hot down there. But, this worked out well."

Hawthorne races from September 24 through January 2. Racing is slated for five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday and four days a week in December, Thursday through Sunday with an option to run on Wednesdays. First post daily is 1:10 pm. Hawthorne can be contacted at 708-780-3700 or on the web at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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