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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/5/05)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Meafara and Lost Code Highlight Undercard on Illinois Derby Day

STICKNEY, IL -- As the $500,000 Grade 2 Illinois Derby headlines the ten-race card for Saturday at Hawthorne, a pair of $125,000 stakes events feature extremely competitive fields surrounding the main event.

Three-year-old fillies sprint three-quarters in the Meafara Breeders’ Cup as a field of nine is assembled for the race. While every runner but one comes out of a stakes event in their last start, there is no standout in the Meafara but there is a ton of speed in the race.

The 7-2 morning line choice in the race is Amazing Buy from the barn of Jennifer Pedersen. She comes in off a strong third-place effort in the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Turfway in her last. She was a game winner in the Busher at Aqueduct in her start prior and looks for her fifth win in her seventh career start. Regular rider Norberto Arroyo Jr rides once again.

Second choice is Todd Pletcher’s Portsea. She draws the outside post in the nine horse field. Off since a fifth place effort in the Grade 3 Old Hat last time out, she has been working extremely well leading to her return. Chris DeCarlo rides. Portsea is 4-1 in the morning line.

Trainer Mike Stidham sends in Parisparis as this lightly raced filly looks for her second career win. She has a ton of speed and was a good winner while breaking her maiden at Fair Grounds on Febraury 13. Stretching out in her next start, she was just caught at the wire, beaten only a head in the Houston Oaks. 9-2 in the morning line, Parisparis will be ridden by Jesse Campbell.

The remaining field for the Meafara is Megascape, Larry Sterling Jr.; Angel Trumpet, Chris Emigh; Straight Bid, Randall Meier; Galactic Cat, E. T. Baird; Im A Dixie Gal, Shaun Bridgmohan; and Mamonia Gold, Miguel Mena.

Lost Code Full of Contenders

Three-year-old male sprinters are featured in the Lost Code Breeders’ Cup as a field of nine talented runners takes to the track. The morning line choice in the Lost Code is Billy Mott’s Around the Cape as he looks for his first career stakes win. After breaking his maiden in his first start of the year, he stretched out slightly in his next two races to run seven furlongs in each. Most recently, he finished a good second behind Lost in the Fog in the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream. 3-1 in the morning line, Around the Cape will be ridden by Herberto Castillo Jr.

Second choice in the Lost Code is Steve Asmussen’s Santana Strings. A runner familiar to Hawthorne, Santana Strings posted a game half-length win here last October. In stakes company in his next three starts, he finished second in the Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds and the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream before most recently running fourth in the Swale. Larry Sterling Jr will be aboard Santana Strings. He is 7-2 in the morning line.

Trainer Hugh Robertson has a pair in the Lost Code, but the stronger of the two right now may be Smoke Smoke Smoke. A winner of three of his seven career starts, he was victorious as a two-year-old in the Canterbury Juvenile and was a game second in the Dixieland at Oaklawn this spring. In his last start, he finished third behind Afleet Alex and Razor in the Mountain Valley at Oaklawn. His regular rider Seth Martinez returns to ride Smoke Smoke Smoke. He is pegged 9-2 in the line.

The remaining runners in the Lost Code are Royal Flyer, Chris DeCarlo; Carnival Show, Eddie Razo Jr; Stormy Business, Shaun Bridgmohan; Three Hour Nap, Chris Emigh; Bigboybdancing, Carlos Montalvo; and Bold Lion, Jesse Campbell.

Live racing for the spring meet takes place from February 25 to May 10. Racing is conducted every Friday through Tuesday with first post at 1:10 PM. For any questions, our Group Sales office can be contacted at 708-780-7050 and general questions can be directed to 708-780-3700. Visit Hawthorne on the web at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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