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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/22/06)

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Illinois Derby Winner Remains Sharp

Sweetnorthernsaint On Target For the Kentucky Derby

Illinois Derby winner Sweetnorthernsaint posted a highly impressive work on Friday at Laurel Park, breezing a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 for trainer Michael Trombetta. The move was the fastest of 25 at the distance and Laurel clockers caught him galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. Sweetnorthernsaint is scheduled to travel by van to Churchill Downs on April 25 to continue preparation for the Grade I Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Illinois Derby runner-up Mister Triester is already at Churchill tuning up for a run at next Saturday’s Grade III Derby Trial. He breezed a smart six furlongs on Friday in 1:14 2/5.

If he runs well in the Trial, Mister Triester could bounce right back into the Kentucky Derby for trainer Glen Stute. Remember, the connections pulled this trick last year with Derby Trial winner Don’t Get Mad, who returned on short rest to finish a very respectable fourth in the Run for the Roses. Mister Triester currently ranks 23rd on the graded stakes earnings list of horses who have expressed a desire to run in the Derby. Only 20 horses are allowed to start.

Cause to Believe, who checked in third in the Illinois Derby, currently ranks 17th on the earnings list, and his connections are leaning heavily towards giving him another chance in the Derby. He last worked at Golden Gate Fields last Sunday, breezing a half mile over a sloppy track in :49 2/5.

The connections of Lewis Michael, a troubled fourth in the Illinois Derby, hope to go to Louisville with their colt, but he’s 30th on the list.

“We’ll go if we can get in,” said trainer Wayne Catalano. “He worked super the other day (1:01 3/5 breezing on Tuesday at Hawthorne) and is training great. We’re looking at the Peter Pan ($200,000 Grade II on May 20 at Belmont), but this summer, we definitely want to be a part of the Mid America Triple (turf series for 3-year-olds at Arlington, begins with the Grade $150,000 Grade III Arlington Classic on July 1).”

Malameeze, a late closing fifth in the Illinois Derby, is also under consideration for the Kentucky Derby, but he too is going to need some help, ranking 27th on the graded stakes earnings list.

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.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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