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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/21/06)

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Hot N Sporty Victorious in Return

Live Out Loud also Wins; Yukon Cornelius Fails

James & Donna Crebs’ Hot N Sporty, the morning line favorite in Leg 1 of The Hothead Stake, went off as second choice to the favored entry of Fox Valley Cruiser and Fox Valley Alexi, but Tony Morgan sent him immediately to the lead, despite starting from the nine hole, and was pretty much left alone through somewhat pedestrian factions of :29, :58.2, and 1:26.2, before crossing the finish line in a respectable 1:53.3.

Fox Valley Cruiser, who had reeled off two straight victories since shipping back from the Meadowlands, rated in second for much of the race without ever mounting a serious challenge.

Our Beer Buddy, the third-place finisher, held that position for most of the race.

Hot N Sporty was victorious in 11 of 14 races in 2005 and, with the ease in which he won his 2006 debut, this promises to be another big year.

There No Place Like Home for Live Out Loud

Live Out Loud, under confident handling by Dave Magee, made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s co-featured Leg 1 of the Jimmy Pilot. Live Out Loud, trained by Dave McCaffrey and owned by M & M Harness Racing LLC. had been displaying only brief speed at The Meadowlands but he found new life with the move to Chicago and the somewhat easier company at this level.

But, it was still a hard fought effort and only a nose separated the top finishers. Fox Valley Gallant came home in :27 to get up for second place while Black Bingo, three-quarters of a length back, got up for third.

Live Out Loud got the mile in 1:52.2 after fractions of :27.4, :55.2, and 1:24.1.

The second legs of the Hothead and the Jimmy’s Pilot will be held next Saturday, May 27. The top ten money winners in the Hothead and the Jimmy Pilot will return to do battle in the $50,000 est. finals in their respective divisions on Saturday, June 3, Hawthorne’s Night Of Champions.

Yukon Cornelius Proves Vulnerable After All

Jole Holcomb’s Yukon Cornelius won his first race of the meet on the lead from flagfall to finish. Then, in his next start, he raced in last for most of the trip, moved into fourth around the far turn, then flew in the last quarter, going an outstanding :25.2.

So, In Saturday’s Free For All Handicap, few questioned whether he was going to win, they just wanted to know how he was going to do it.

Westward Vision and Dave Magee had other ideas. When Yukon Cornelius went right for the lead, Magee sent Westward Vision also, tucking in quickly and stalking the pace. They never let Yukon Cornelius shake loose, staying within a couple of lengths through fractions of :27.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3. Turning for home, “Cornelius” drew off to a length and three-quarter lead but it wasn’t enough. Magee sent “Vision” up the rail and got up in a nick of time, winning by a head. Jovial Joker, never really close, held on for third, three and a half lengths back.

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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