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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (5/5/06)

Contact: Ron Uchman
(708) 780-3671

Another Awesome Sunday; Victor’s Pursuit Vs. Arcola

Welch vs. Welch

Sunday night’s Muscles Marinara Final features the winners of the two Muscles Marinara Eliminations, that were held last Sunday, but the race itself contains so much more.

For starters, the two Elimination winners are both trained by Roger Welch.

Robert Rietveld and Paul Gibson’s Victor’s Pursuit lived up to her reputation with a one-length victory in the first elimination heat. She extended her unbeaten streak this year to three and boosted her lifetime earnings to $220,856, getting the mile in 1:55.2. As the overwhelming favorite, she rewarded her backers with a $3.20 win price.

Arcola, owned by Turndorf Racing LLC, stopped the clock in 1:55.3, only one tick slower than Victor’s Pursuit. That victory was her first of the year and with it, her career earnings were boosted to $332,480. Her win payoff was a bit more generous. Her backers got $7.80. She also set a new lifetime mark with that score.

This isn’t a match race, however. There are a number of talented individuals in here, including former Erwin F Dygert winner, Lifes A Holiday, with lifetime earnings of $710,080. Owned by Homer and Connie Hochstetler and trained by Homer, he was the pacesetter in the Victor’s Pursuit victory. He has yet to win in 2006 but has always shown a fondness for the Hawthorne strip.

Not to be ignored, Bruce and Dean Alexander & Homer Hochstetler’s American Lane, also trained by Hochstetler, who will race coupled with Lifes A Holiday, was favored in the Arcola race and led for much of it. He’s already scored four times this year. Might be able to bounce back in big way.

“Powerful” Co-Feature

Fighting Major Stables’ Parklane Powerful, Homer Hochstetler the trainer, will seek to make it two in a row in Sunday night’s co-featured ninth race, a Filly and Mare Open Handicap, carrying a purse of $15,500. Possibly standing in her way are Sightings, owned and trained by Carol Mc Williams. Sightings defeated Parklane Powerful two races back but finished second to her in their last start. James Rowney’s Lou Annie surprised Parklane Powerful in her last race, winning for her fourth time this year, but she hasn’t raced since April 23.

Hawthorne’s spring 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, and opening day, Saturday May 6 (special early post).

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.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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