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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/9/06)

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Muscles Marinara Romps Home In Dygert Prep

Defending Dygert champion Muscles Marinara looked in fine fettle at Hawthorne on Friday evening as the 6-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee romped home a winner by 2 ¼ lengths over Dunkster in 1:55 flat in the featured $24,000 Erwin F Dygert Memorial Prep Trot.

Driver Mike Oosting sent the Paul Stafford trainee right to the pilot’s seat from post five, while Eddy Oakley champ Battleshoe Victor left alertly for driver Dave Magee from the six hole and dropped in behind Muscles Marinara. Through initial soft panels of :29 and :58.2, the remainder of the field was content to stay in position until Dink Adoo attacked first-over after sitting in fourth through the first half.

The pace picked up when Dink Adoo challenged his stablemate but driver Ryan Anderson couldn’t get any closer than second with Dink Adoo, as Oosting opened up the 2005 Dygert champ a notch and was never seriously challenged. Dunkster closed well for Kurt Sugg to grab second money, while Battleshoe Victor got back $3,226 of his $11,000 supplemental payment for finishing third.

All nine starters will return next Saturday, along with American Lane for the $105,000 Dygert Final, which will share the limelight with the $100,000 est. Robert F Carey Memorial Pace, the $50,000 World Series Stake for 2 year-old colt pacers, the $50,000 World Series Stake for 3 year-old colt pacers, the $15,000 est. Stickney Pacing Series Final and the $15,000 est. Cicero Pacing Series Final. It will be an exciting closing night at Hawthorne.

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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