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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (5/27/06)

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Just How Good is Hot N Sporty?

Sophomore Colt Remains Undefeated at Hawthorne; Live Out Loud also repeats; He Wants It Takes It

Hot N Sporty hasn’t missed a beat from his sensational 2-year-old season to the present, and on Saturday night at Hawthorne Race Course he reconfirmed his lofty status as the top Illinois-bred 3-year-old colt or gelding in training, capturing Leg Two of the $12,000 Hothead Stake in stylish fashion. With the win, the James Crebs trainee is now undefeated from six starts at Hawthorne, and is 12 for 15 overall.

Last week in his sophomore debut, the son of Cole Muffler left from the ten-hole, made the lead just past the quarter, and led the rest of the way. On Saturday night, driver Tony Morgan elected to take hold of his partner early, sitting fifth on the rail through the opening quarter that went in :27.4.

He tipped first over approaching the half (:56 1/5) and fully engaged the pacesetting Fox Valley Tribal at the three-quarters (1:24 1/5). He wrestled the lead away from his tiring foe, and held safe of the hard charging Wonderful One, officially prevailing by a half-length in a final time of 1:51 2/5. It was another 2 ¼ lengths back to Our Beer Buddy in third.

#5 Hot N Sporty -- $3.60, $2.80, $2.40
#6 Wonderful One -- $11.80, $5.20
#2 Our Beer Buddy -- $4.60

The top money earners after two legs of The Hothead Stakes Stakes are:

1. Hot N Sporty $10,000
2. Wonderful One $3,000
3. Fox Valley Cruiser $2,600
4. Our Beer Buddy $2,400
5. Fox Valley Tribal $960
6. Thisbigdogwillfight $640
7. My Boy David $400
8. Joe Somebody $0
9. Lotsa Diamonds $0
10. Red Stingray $0
11. Pujols $0

In Leg Two of the $15,000 Jimmy Pilot for aged Illinois-bred pacers, another repeat winner emerged. Live Out Loud, partnered by Dave Magee, was all out to hold off a fast closing Fox Valley Gallant in a final time of 1:51 4/5.

Live Out Loud left from the five-hole to make the lead, but was overtaken just before the opening quarter mile was completed in a sharp :26 4/5 by Team Hutch. He sat on the rail behind that rival through a half in :54 3/5 and three-quarters in 1:23 4/5 before splitting horses to take a short lead at the top of the stretch. Fox Valley Gallant, who came up fourth over, fired down the stretch, only to come up a neck short. Ithinki’msomebody, the other half of the McCaffrey-trained entry, was third, beaten 1 ½ lengths.

#1a Live Out Loud -- $4.40, $2.60, $2.60
#5 Fox Valley Gallant -- $4.20, $3.20
#1 Ithinki’msomebody -- $4.40, $2.60, $2.60

The top money earners after two legs of The Jimmy Pilot Stakes are:

1. Live Out Loud $12,500
2. Fox Valley Gallant $6,250
3. Ithinki’msomebody $1,800
4. Cheyenne Bodie $1,250
5. Black Bingo $1,200
6. Constant Change $1,200
7. King Johnny $800
8. My Blue Suede Shoes $0
9. Team Hutch $0

In Saturday night’s Free For All, 2005 Robert F. Carey Memorial winner He Wants It All made his return to Hawthorne a victorious one. The Tom Harmer charge went right to the top, set reasonable fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:24 1/5, and held off a desperate inside charge from perfect tripper Westward Vision, to score the slimmest of nose victories in a final time of 1:50 4/5. Town Champion, Hawthorne’s track record holder, finished third, beaten ¾’s of a length in what marked his seasonal debut.

#5 He Wants It All -- $6.40, $3.40, $3.20
#6 Westward Vision -- $2.40, $2.40
#2 Town Champion -- $4.20

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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