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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/17/06)

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2005 Illinois 3-Year-Old Filly Champ Pretty Jenny Returns

The featured event on Saturday’s Hawthorne card, an optional claiming ($100,000) allowance (nw1y) sprint, drew a compact, yet talented field of six. A good effort could propel any or all of these gals forward towards Illinois Champions Day on Saturday, April 29.

The Christine Janks trained Pretty Jenny, a winner of five of six career starts, was named the Illinois-bred 3-year-old filly champ of 2005 off a pair of restricted stakes wins. Her main rivals on Saturday are a pair of gals whom she beat out for divisional Prairie State honors: Meadow Bride and Bluesbdancing.

Of the three, Meadow Bride may have the best chance to develop into a very special racehorse. Trained by Richard Hazelton, the now 4-year-old daughter of Runaway Groom concluded her sophomore campaign by defeating the Illinois queen Jaguar City and a host of older distaffers in the two-turn Illini Princess Handicap. Her best game may be over a route of ground, but a sensational six furlong breeze of 1:13 here on March 7 indicates that she’s on edge to fire fresh.

Bluesbdancing was perfect from three starts as a 2-year-old, but she didn’t return to the race wars until last August, defeating an open bunch in the Smart Deb Stakes at odds of 19-1 for trainer Terrell Gore. She is five for eight lifetime.

The older runners in the race are no slouches. Dutchie is eight for 19 lifetime and she has beaten this kind before. Turned back from turf routing to dirt sprinting, Church’s Out rattled off three consecutive wins to round out her 2005 campaign. Fighting Fever, the winner of last year’s Governor’s Lady Handicap on Illinois Champions Day, has banked over $250,000 in her career.

Saturday’s field sizes at Hawthorne are beefed up considerably, with 87 horses entered to compete in the nine races.

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Also on Saturday via simulcast, a plethora of key Triple Crown preps will be run at various tracks across the country. At Aqueduct, Achilles of Troy and Keyed Entry enter the Grade III Gotham with three-race win streaks on the line; Lawyer Ron and Steppenwolfer -– the one-two finishers in the Southwest Stakes -– take on comebacking multiple Grade II winner Private Vow in the Grade III Rebel at Oaklawn; Bob Baffert sends out three Kentucky Derby hopefuls =– Point Determined, Bob and John and Sky Diving -– in the Grade II San Felipe at Santa Anita; and Bluegrass Cat looks to extend his winning streak to five in the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby.

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Also at Tampa on Saturday, the Illinois-bred 3-year-old filly Taylor Madison takes on a field of eight rivals in the $200,000 Florida Oaks. The Mike Dini-trained daughter of Kipling has crossed the line third in a pair of minor stakes during the current Tampa spring meet.

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