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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (6/7/06)

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Nine to Trot in Dygert Preview

Only ten trotters dropped into the box for the Erwin F Dygert eliminations on Friday which eliminated the necessity for any elimination races. However, nine of those ten will slug it out in the $24,000 Erwin F Dygert Memorial Trot in the featured race this Friday evening at Hawthorne.

Perhaps the most intriguing storyline leading into the Dygert is the supplemental entry of Battleshoe Victor. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor was not previously nominated to the Dygert, but after a stellar performance in the $48,500 Eddy Oakley Stake on the Night Of Champions, owner Mike Polanski and trainer Tom Harmer decided to pony up the $11,000 supplemental entry fee to make their new trotting star eligible to the stake.

In the Eddy Oakley, Battleshoe Victor was an impressive winner, trotting his mile in a lifetime best 1:53.3.

The horse to beat both this week and next is defending Dygert champ Muscles Marinara. The altered son of Muscles Yankee shipped into Chicago at the end of May after battling some of the best trotters in the world at The Meadowlands. In his first start back in Chicago, the Paul Stafford trainee was an impressive 1:54.3 winner in the $15,500 Open Trot at Hawthorne on May 30, and with almost $700,000 lifetime on his bankroll, appears ready to defend his crown.

Dink Adoo also tackled some of the best trotters on the continent at The Meadowlands earlier in the year and he shipped back to Chicago with stablemate Muscles Marinara for the Dygert. The son of Inquirer also raced in that same Open Trot at Hawthorne on May 30th and raced well, finishing third, only 3 ½ lengths behind the winner. With over $465,000 in lifetime earnings and a race mark of 1:53, taken this year at The Meadowlands on April 30, Dink Adoo will be a force in both races.

Shipping in from Hazel Park for the Dygert will be Dunkster. The Kurt Sugg trainee was a 1:55.3 winner last Friday in the $13,500 Invitational Handicap Trot at Hazel Park. This will be Dunkster’s fourth consecutive appearance in the Dygert stake. In the 2004 edition of the Dygert, Dunkster finished third after winning his elimination race, while failing to reach the final in 2003 and 2005.

Two Dygert contenders travel from The Meadowlands after making their last start at the New Jersey oval. Photo Color ships in winning 2 of his 4 starts on the 2006 campaign after not making a start in 2005. As a 3 year-old, Photo Color was a starter at Hawthorne in the $391,200 Yonkers Trot and has often flashed excellent, while not always consistent, form. Plea also was on the van that shipped over from The Meadowlands. Owned by Richard Balog, Plea enters the race with only 12 lifetime starts, including a pair he made at Hawthorne as a 3 year-old back in 2003. He was out of action for two years before making a comeback this season.

Victor’s Pursuit has had a busy Hawthorne meet and the 4 year-old daughter of Valley Victor will stay busy with two more starts in the finals days of the Hawthorne meet. The Roger Welch trainee won the elimination for the Muscles Marinara Trot on May 7 before finishing 5th in the final. She then captured leg one of the Eddy Oakley Stake on May 21, finished 7th in leg two after an untimely break, and was a nice 2nd behind Battleshoe Victor in the $48,500 Eddy Oakley Final on the Night Of Champions.

Lifes A Holiday was 3rd in that Eddy Oakley Final and the venerable 8-year-old gelding can still rise to the occasion at times. The pride of the Homer Hochstetler Stable was the winner of the 2003 edition of the Dygert Stake and the son of Primrose Lane has made over $715,000 in his storied career.

Also starting in the Dygert Final will be Elk Creek, a solid performing son of Sierra Kosmos who has bankrolled over $160,000 in his career, and American Lane, who will take a pass in the Dygert Prep, but will be ready for action in the final.

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.

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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