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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (10/9/04)
Contact: Jim Miller
Scooter Roach Pulls Upset in Carey Memorial
STICKNEY, IL -- Lightning looks to strike twice for Scooter Roach as the five-year-old gelding pulled out the longshot victory in the running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne.
Two year ago, a three-year-old Scooter Roach went into the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby as the longest shot on the board, taking to the turf for the first time. He didnít disappoint as he ran second in that race but was later placed first when Flying Dash was disqualified following the race. Now heís back in the winnerís circle for new connections as he was claimed on June 3 at Arlington for $62,500.
Owned by Butterfly Stable and trained by David Kassen, Scooter Roach and jockey Jesse Campbell bided their time early as Gin and Sin and Missme carved out quick early fractions of :23.4 and :47.2. Laying close down the backstretch was 6-5 favorite Herculated as he looked ready to go at any time. Turning for home, longshot Holy Conflict ranged up to Gin and Sin while Herculated came up empty when asked. After three-quarters in 1:11 over the firm going, Gin and Sin put away from Holy Conflict but Scooter Roach angled off the rail for clear sailing at him in the lane.
Close behind was Cloudy's Knight as that one experienced an extremely troubled trip but in the end, it was Scooter Roach winning by a neck over Gin and Sin. Cloudy's Knight finished only a half-length back in third while favored Herculated tired and ran eighth.
Jesse Campbell, winner, Scooter Roach, was celebrating his 27th birthday. "This is probably the best birthday present I ever got. I've been trying all day to win something. This was the race I thought I was in the toughest. I've said this horse's whole career, I just don't know how he does it. He doesn't do anything special, he's just your blue-collar horse. The distance doesn't matter. He just does it. He's a working mans' horse. He's always right there to pick up the pieces. This horse is funny, the harder he's in the tougher he runs. He's been great to me throughout my career."
Larry Sterling, rider of second-place finisher Gin and Sin, was satisfied with the effort. "Things worked out well. We were in great position. I just got outrun in the final eighth."
Chris Emigh, the rider of Cloudy's Knight who finished third was distraught. "I really thought we were going to win. I can't believe we didn't. I had a ton of horse but no place to go. We should have won.Ē
The win was the seventh on his career for Scooter Roach as the $90,000 winner's share boosted his career earnings to $516,770. For the win, Scoot Roach returned $39.20, $17.80, and $8.00. Gin and Sin came back $9.60 and $5.40 while Cloudy's Knight returned $7.80 to show.
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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