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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/13/06)

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Cubs Pace Final Goes To Fox Valley Tribal; Yukon Cornelius Wins Free For All in 1:50

Stamping himself as the top Illinois-Bred sophomore pacer currently in action, Fox Valley Tribal used a perfect two-hole trip to capture the $28,500 Cubs Pace Final in 1:51 for driver Tim Tetrick. Fox Valley Tribal was one of the best 2 year-old colt pacers last year in Illinois as he was the winner of the Orange and Blue Final. It appears that the son of Sportsmaster has a penchant for histrionics as he has risen to the occasion for the big stage events in his young career.

As Odds On B P cut the mile out of post nine, Tetrick sat chilly in the two-hole as Odds On B P repulsed several challenges and held the lead to midway down the stretch. It was at that time that Odds On B P and driver Ryan Anderson drifted out slightly and when Tim Tetrick saw the apparent separation of the Red Sea, he shot through it and rolled to the impressive 4 length victory over Brown Bottle Flu.

Fox Valley Tribal stamped himself as one of the early favorites for the $50,000 Hothead Pace on Hawthorne’s “Night Of Champions” on Saturday, June 3. The first leg of the Hothead will be featured next Saturday, May 20th at Hawthorne.

Yukon Cornelius Rolls in Free For All

In the $21,500 Free For All Pace, Yukon Cornelius proved his victory on opening night in the top class was no fluke as driver/trainer Todd Warren guided the altered son of Cam Terrific to a 4 length victory over Gene Carter in 1:50 flat. Unlike last week when Warren went pillar to post with the star of his stable, his strategy was totally altered as he took Yukon Cornelius to the back of the pack in the field of seven.

After a brisk opening panel in :26.3 where three horses battled for the lead, Odds On Big Tom finally cleared for driver Tim Tetrick. Odds On Big Tom continued in the pilot’s seat through fractional cuts of :54.3 and 1:23.2. At the top of the lane the field fanned out with Yukon Cornelius still sitting as the caboose but when Warren turned his charge loose, his final quarter charge of :25.2 was way too much for the field. The victory pushed Yukon Cornelius’ 2006 earnings past the $56,000 mark and the 1:50 mile tied his lifetime best.

Mini Me Scratches

Mini Me, the 2001 and 2003 Illinois Horse of the Year, was scratched from Saturday night’s eighth race, a “NW $7,500 Last 5”. Only one of ten Illinois-bred millionaires, the 7-year-old gelding last raced in his home state in September of 2003 at Balmoral, finishing third in the American National Aged Pace.

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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