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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/8/06)

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Stickney Pacing Series Final Set; Devilfish is an Ace

Three divisions of leg two of the Stickney Pacing Series were contested at Hawthorne on Wednesday night, setting the stage for next week’s Final.

In the night’s sixth event, Artie’s Quest, in hand to Brent Holland, moved from the back of the pack with live cover, closed the final quarter-mile in :27 1/5, and prevailed by just a head over the longshot GW Sport to get the job done in a new life best 1:56. It was her first victory in 21 starts this season, and with it she moved to the top of the series earning’s list.

In the second division (race eight), Get Real came up first over before the half for partner Ryan Anderson, but had plenty left in the tank to score a three-length win over the slightly favored Winslow Hustler in a final time of 1:55 1/5.

In the third and final division of leg two of the Stickney Pacing Series (race ten), TJ’s First, who was parked virtually the entire mile for driver/trainer Owen Julius, pulled off a huge upset at odds of 19-1, completing the mile in a new life best 1:57 1/5. Rounding out the $867.00 Exacta was 79-1 shot Good Swift Kick.

The top money earners in the series after two legs:

Horse Total

1. Arties Wiper 3250
2. Winslow Hustler 3125
3. Get Real 2250
3. TJ's First 2250
5. Ritch And Perfect 2000
5. JP's Jackpot 2000
7. GW Sport 1445
8. Lacrosse 1360
9. Good Swift Kick 1125
10. Fox Valley Zippit 1000
11. Todds Good News 860
12. Nicoles Shuffle 740
13. Mister Streak 705
14. Unscathed 540
15. Zeesfasthands 480
15. Spirit Of Osborne 480

Devilfish Holds All the Cards in His Debut

Off of a pair of monstrous May qualifiers downstate, Devilfish debuted with high expectations for trainer Erv Miller, and the 3-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark certainly didn’t disappoint.

Owned by Vandalay Racing out of Ontario, Devilfish was sent right to the top by Hall of Famer driver Dave Magee in the evening’s ninth race, and after cutting out fast but even fractions of :28 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25, he drew off until very little urging to win by 7 ½ lengths over a stunned Fifty-Fifty. He stopped the timer in 1:51 2/5, more than two seconds faster than the second quickest clocking of the night.

Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott is one of the world’s most feared poker players, and his namesake in the Standardbred world doesn’t appear to be bluffing.

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.

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