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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/12/06)

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Canaco Nukes Spoils Party For Pujols and Falcatraz

Thursday night’s featured $7,000 condition pace was billed as a battle between Illinois Bred sophomore star Pujols and recent free-for-aller Falcatraz. Canaco Nukes failed to read the billboard and romped home by 8 lengths for his second consecutive victory, both registered on a sloppy track.

Pujols, the 3-year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler, was making his second start of the season after a disappointing 7th place effort in an $18,000 ISOBA Stake at Balmoral on April 22. Trained by Tom Harmer, Pujols won 6 of 11 starts as a freshman in 2005, banking $159,650.

Falcatraz has won 4 of 13 starts in 2006, earning over $31,000 and has been a regular combatant in the Free For All class at Balmoral in recent weeks.

The wagering public saw the race as a close battle between these two as Pujols was sent postward as the 7-5 favorite and Falcatraz earned nearly identical favoritism as the 8-5 second choice.

Dale Hiteman set Falcatraz right to the top and when Robin Of Locksley made a bobble just past the quarter pole, Pujols inherited the two-hole.

Falcatraz cut out panels of :28.1, :56.2 and 1:25.2 and opened up a 2 ĵ length lead in the stretch as Pujols struggled to keep up. It was just at that point that Falcatraz appeared to be getting a little leg weary.

However, Ron Marsh had plenty of pace with Canaco Nukes, as they sat comfortably in 4th and when Marsh asked for a response, the son of No Nukes, who was sent off at 5-1, responded as they pulled away from the field in the 1:55.2 mile. Storybook Legend finished second, while the marquee pair of Pujols and Falcatraz settled for third and fourth respectively some 9 ½ lengths behind the winner.

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.

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