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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (12/18/04)
Contact: Jim Miller
Win Me Over Upsets in Edgar
STICKNEY, IL -- Heading into the running of the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, it looked as if Humor at Last was the only runner to look towards as he was sent off as the 3-5 choice for his third start after a pair of impressive wins. But in the shadow of the wire, Humor at Last was caught by Chris Emigh and Win Me Over as he pulled off the 5-1 upset.
Setting the early fractions in the Edgar was Chateau as he was flanked by Humor At Last through quick early fractions of :23.3, :47.1 and 1:12.0. Coming out of the turn, Humor at Last looked to have things in hand as he opened up four lengths on the field. In the final 16th, he started to get a bit leg-weary as Win Me Over had found his way from starting on the far outside in the 14 hole to the rail as he closed with every stride. In the final jumps, Win Me Over engulfed Humor at Last, winning by a half-length and stopping the clock for the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.0. Humor at Last held on for second while Fear Of Secrets ran well to finish third.
Owned by Nancy Vanier and trained by Brian Williamson, the win was the second straight in the young career of Win Me Over from seven lifetime starts. The winnerís share of the $115,350 race of $69,210 boosted his career earnings to $114,434.
Win Me Over returned $12.20, $3.60, and $2.80. Humor at Last came back $2.40 and $2.20 and Fear of Secrets returned $4.60 to show.
Jockey Chris Emigh was proud of the effort of Win Me Over, ďAt the eighth pole I didnít think we could win. By the time we got to the sixteenth I thought we had a great chance. From the 1/4 hole I didnít have many options except getting over to the rail. Around the turn there were still so many horses I was just trying to guide him through. Actually, I even had to pull him up about the three-sixteenths pole. I shot back to the inside. At that point I still didnít think he could win but he really started kicking it in. His mom, Wade for Me, is my favorite mare of all time. I thought it was destiny that we win with this one for the Vaniers.Ē
Trainer Brian Williamson was equally impressed, ďHe didnít break especially well which might have worked to our advantage. Chris simply had to save ground at that point. Then they didnít have the best trip. They had to wind their way through traffic. It was a great race. Chris just kept trying. Coming out of the turn I was hoping we could just get a check. It wasnít until about the sixteenth that I thought we might win. Heís heading down to Gulfstream after this. Heís still lightly raced. We want to try him on the grass.Ē
Humor at Last ran a game race for jockey Larry Sterling, Jr., ďHe ran well but in the last eighth he was starting to look for air. I really didnít expect Chateau to stay with us that long. I feared the horse who won the race and things set up well for him. I think this horse got valuable experience today. We should be much tougher next time around two turns.Ē
Trainer Anthony Mitchell felt it was a good effort as well for Humor at Last, ďIt was a bit disappointing. He ran his heart out but just came up a little short. But, it was a learning experience. I donít think he likes to lose. Heíll be better next time out.Ē
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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