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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/11/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Meadow Bride Takes Illinois Debutante

STICKNEY, IL -- On a day where speed held well at Hawthorne, a wide-open field, but one with a lack of early pace, helped Meadow Bride as she ran home to the victory in the $116,175 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante. Sitting just off early fractions of :24.1 and :47.1, Meadow Bride and jockey Carlos Silva stayed close the entire way. As his company on the lead faded turning for home through three-quarters in 1:12.4, Meadow Bride extended his lead and cruised home under the wire a 5¾ length winner, stopping the clock for the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.4. Second was You Heard Me Cart while Capistrano closed well along the rail to run third, two lengths further back.

The win was the second for four career starts for Meadow Bride, trained by Richard Hazelton and owned by Asiel Stable. The $69,705 winner’s share boosted her career earnings to $105,345. Meadow Bride returned $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60. You Heard Me Cart came back $4.40 and $3.00 while Capistrano returned $4.00 to show.

Jockey Carlos Silva got a good trip with Meadow Bride: “Our plan was to get position going into the first turn. She broke good and we were sitting in a good spot. I didn’t want to push her too hard early, it was her first time going two turns, but she ran well on her own. A couple of horses came over on us and she got a little rank and it was a little hard controlling her but she settled down nicely. When I asked her to run turning down the lane she did it easily.”

Trainer Richard Hazelton knew he had something good as well: “She’s a nice filly. Her mom was a champion and her half–brother, Prairie King, won a $100,000 stakes race here last year. She might be the best one yet out of this mare.”

One to look for in the future is Capistrano as she ran well off the quick return for jockey Seth Martinez. “This filly ran a great race. She’s coming back in only seven days after winning her career debut and she’s stretching out for the first time," he said. "Plus, the track has been pretty speed favoring and we were going to have a tough time closing to catch the speed. I was really proud of her. She did a great job.”

Hawthorne races from September 24 through January 2. Racing is slated for four days a week, Wednesday, off Thursday, then Friday through Sunday. 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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