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Hawthorne Racecourse (3/7/06)

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Saluki Cheerleader –- The Ultimate Hunch Bet

Just two days after Southern Illinois University cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka’s well publicized Sunday spill, a 4-year-old filly named “Saluki Cheerleader” coasted to a convincing win in Tuesday’s fourth race at Hawthorne Race Course.

Horseplayers would term a result like this as, the ultimate hunch bet!

During a timeout of Southern Illinois Missouri Conference tournament final battle with Bradley, eventually won by the Saluki’s 59-46, Yamaoka lost her balance during a cheerleading routine, falling 15 feet from the top of the pyramid and onto her head


The 18-year-old was fitted with a back and neck brace. With the Saluki fight song “Go Southern Go” as a backdrop, Yamaoka gave two-handed thumbs up, and performed an arm routine from the gurney while being carted off. She was later diagnosed with a chipped neck vertebra and a concussion. She is expected to make a full recovery.

At the top of the stretch of Hawthorne track announcer Peter Galassi’s race call he says, “Saluki Cheerleader is THE ONE TO CATCH”.

Kristy Yamaoka wasn’t caught, and neither was Saluki Cheerleader the racehorse!

Saluki Cheerleader paid $7.80 to WIN, $3.20 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.

Trained by Marco Salazar, she was ridden to the victory by Carlos Silva.




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