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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/18/06)

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Fleet Indian Raises Her Sails at Hawthorne

Eyes Fourth Straight Win in Sixty Sails Handicap

Entries for Hawthorne’s “Big Stakes” Saturday card were drawn on Tuesday morning, and a pair of Grade III events for handicap horses, the National Jockey Club for the boys and the Sixty Sails for the girls, are spotlighted. Both races will be run over nine furlongs.

A field of eight females was entered for the 30th running of the Sixty Sails Handicap, and Jim Miller’s 5-2 morning-line favorite is Paul H. Saylor’s Fleet Indian. The 5-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie carries a three-race win streak into the Sixty Sails, the most recent of those tallies came in the Grade III Next Move Handicap on March 26 at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Fleet Indian has won eight of her 13 lifetime starts, banking over $294,000 in the process. She drew post position three with jockey Jose Santos in tow. Pletcher won last year’s Sixty Sails with Iso Piu Bella.

The second choice in the morning-line is Wayne R. Sanders Platinum Ballet (4-1). The Donnie K. Von Hemel charge was most recently fourth in a strong edition of the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn on April 8, finishing behind top distaffers Spun Sugar, Happy Ticket and La Reason. For her career, the 5-year-old daughter of Skip Away has won six of 25 starts en route to earning over $304,000. M. Clifton Berry partners Platinum Ballet from the rail.

Rounding out the field for the Sixty Sails: multiple minor stakes winner and graded stakes placed Eyes On Eddy; Culinary, the winner of the Grade III Arlington Washington Lassie in 2004; Silver Highlight, the winner of the restricted Wonder Where Stakes over the Woodbine turf last fall and an impressive recent first-level allowance scorer on Santa Anita dirt last out; Multiple minor stakes winner Tappin for Gold; Sunset Kisses, a recent romper in a conditioned allowance at Hawthorne; and For Gillian, a local allowance mare.

8th Race (4:26 p.m. CDT) $250,000 Sixty Sails Hcp. (G3)
1 1/8 miles 3yo & up f & m

Post Horse Jockey/Trainer Odds
1 Platinum Ballet M. Berry D. K. Von Hemel
2 Eyes On Eddy Emigh McGee
3 Fleet Indian Santos Pletcher
4 Culinary Jacinto Stidham
5 Silver Highlight L. Melancon Freeman
6 Tappin For Gold Razo Jr. B. Cox
7 Sunset Kisses Torres Janks
8 For Gillian Campbell Janks

Hawthorne’s 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.

Hawthorne’s summer 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day, Saturday, May 6, post time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

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