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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/5/06)

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Meafara, Lost Code Add Flair to Illinois Derby Day

Pair of $100,000 Stakes for 3-year-old Sprinters to be Contested

In addition to the Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby, Hawthorne Race Course will also present a pair of $100,000 Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on Saturday: the Meafara for the girls (race five at 3:09 p.m. CDT) and the Lost Code for the boys (race nine at 5:08 p.m. CDT). Both races will be contested over six furlongs.

Seven sophomore fillies entered the Meafara, and Jim Millerís 2-1 morning line favorite is Harry J Aleoís Victorina. A winner of three of four starts with her lone defeat coming by a mere nose, the Greg Gilchrist charge was last seen capturing the Ere Go Brach Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Russell Baze, who is also slated to pilot the likely Illinois Derby favorite Cause to Believe, will partner with the daughter of Delaware Township.

Team Victory Stableís Readyforcocktails has been tabbed as the 7-2 second choice. The Steve Asmussen trainee invades from Oaklawn Park where she checked in third and second respectively in a pair of allowance tests this season. Chris DeCarlo, who will guide My Golden Song in the Illinois Derby, has been named to ride to daughter of More Than Ready.

Naveed Chowhanís More Than Pretty, the most experienced gal in the group with 11 starts already under her girth for trainer Bernie Flint, has been installed as the early third choice at odds of 9-2. The only gal in the field with graded stakes experience, the daughter of More Than Ready was last seen finishing third in the restricted OBS Sprint (Florida-breds) at the Ocala Training Center. She is scheduled to have Jesse Campbell up top on Saturday.

6 furlongs, $100,000 Meafara Stakes, 3yos, fillies (with Jim Millerís morning line odds).

Post Horse Jockey/Trainer Odds
1 My Chickadee Emigh/Williamson 5-1
2 Grandelena Blanc/Robertson 8-1
3 More Than Pretty Campbell/Flint 9-2
4 Victorina Baze/Gilchrist 2-1
5 Readyforcocktails DeCarlo/Asmussen 7-2
6 Dirty Rush McKee/Wilkes 10-1
7 Lampoon Sterling/Williamson 6-1

A six-pack of colts and geldings are scheduled to compete in the Lost Code, and Jim Millerís has tabbed Homewrecker Stable and Hugh Robertsonís Celluloid Hero as his lukewarm 5-2 morning line favorite. A local maiden winner here last fall at odds of 9-1, the Robertson-trained son of Glitterman bounced right back to post a first-level allowance upset at 21-1.

The streak of longshot victories continued in his sophomore debut at Oaklawn, as he produced a victory in the Dixieland Stakes at odds of 16-1. Most recently in a race that marked his two-turn debut, the colt was well beaten by top Kentucky Derby hopeful Lawyer Ron in the Southwest Stakes. Russell Baze, who rides the morning-line choice in all three Hawthorne stakes on Saturday, will partner with this performer for the first time.

Peter Karches and Michael Rankowitzís City Dweller invades from New York off a string of sharp performances. The speedy son of Carson City, pegged as the 3-1 second choice in the Lost Code, has checked in first or second in his last four outings for trainer Christophe Clement. Kent Desormeaux, who will guide Sweetnorthernsaint in the Illinois Derby, is up top.

Millennium Farmís Donít Tell Mommy (4-1 ML) has hit the board in all four of her career starts, and she lists a victory in the Pioneer Stakes at Louisiana Downs last June amongst her accomplishments. The Steve Asmussen trainee will be piloted by Hawthorneís leading jockey Chris Emigh.

6 furlongs, $100,000 Lost Code Stakes, 3yos (with Jim Millerís morning line odds).

Post Horse Jockey/Trainer Odds
1 City Dweller Desormeaux/Clement 3-1
2 Don't Tell Mommy Emigh/Asmussen 4-1
3 Spotsgone McKee/Fires 5-1
4 Singalongwith Bert Blanc/Maker 6-1
5 Rochester Cat Thornton/Hansen 6-1
6 Celluloid Hero Baze/Robertson 5-2

Hawthorneís spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week: Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

The Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby, a prestigious prep for the world famous Kentucky Derby, will be run at Hawthorne on Saturday, April 8.

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