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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (10/14/04)
Contact: Jim Miller
Cool Conductor Leads Competitive Field in Hawthorne Derby
STICKNEY, IL -- David E. Garnerís three-year-old colt, Cool Conductor, heads a solid field of ten assembled for the running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Hawthorne Derby on Saturday. To be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, the Derby is one of the rare graded stakes on the grass that is restricted to three-year-olds. This race has often produced some big payouts.
This year, the Billy Mott trained Cool Conductor, who has been installed as the 3-1 morning line choice, will try to change that. He returns very quickly for the Hawthorne Derby though as he will be running only six days after finishing fourth in the $100,000 Storm Cat stakes on the turf at Keeneland last Sunday. A winner of two of 11 career starts, Cool Conductor has been stakes-placed four times. His closest stakes finish was a second-place effort, beaten a neck, in the Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington Park on July 24. Jose Santos flies in to ride Cool Conductor for the Hawthorne Derby.
Second choice in the Hawthorne Derby is Klaravich Stables Inc.ís Bankruptcy Court. A lightly raced three-year-old, Bankruptcy Court has found the board in all six of his starts but like Cool Conductor, he has only gone as far as winning a first level allowance race. The Derby distance is the farthest Bankruptcy Court has gone in his career as regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan will be in the saddle. Trained by Richard Violette, Bankruptcy Court is 9-2 in the morning line.
Gwaihir is another runner that is stakes placed as he comes into the Derby for trainer Grant Forster. He comes in off a third place effort in the Paradise Creek in his last start at Arlington and takes the blinkers off for this race. The most experienced runner in the field for the Hawthorne Derby, this start will be Gwaihirís 18th career start. Jesse Campbell takes the mount. Gwaihir is 5-1 in the morning line.
Trainer Michael Dickinsonís Cockleshell makes only his fourth career start. He has won three of those first four races. He finished fourth in his first stakes effort in the Stanton at Delaware in his last and gets Ramon Dominguez in the saddle. Cockleshell is 6-1 in the morning line.
Hawthorne Derby (Grade 3) -- $250,000
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