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|Hawthorne Racecourse (6/12/06)
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The Grand Circuit Trots Over to Hawthorne
Grand Circuit racing begins in earnest on Wednesday evening at Hawthorne as two divisions of the World Series Stake take the center stage.
In race one, five top sophomore trotting fillies will slug it out in the $38,000 World Series Stake. Hawthorne’s third race kicks off the 2-year-old season for ten trotting colts in the $48,500 World Series Stake.
This is the first time in the history of Hawthorne harness racing that the Grand Circuit will make a stop at the Stickney oval.
Go Go Gabby may be the horse to beat in the World Series Stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Valley Victor is undefeated in her sophomore season with a perfect 4 for 4 record. After winning her first start of the season in a conditioned trot at Hawthorne on May 10, the Roger Welch trainee won both legs of the Silhouette Star Stake series before capturing the $49,000 Final on the Night Of Champions. That victory kept Go Go Gabby’s perfect 6 for 6 Hawthorne record intact.
Another Valley Victor filly could offer Go Go Gabby the stiffest challenge as Tomato seeks to turn the tables on her chief nemesis. After winning her first four starts of the year, Tomato made a break as the 4-5 favorite in leg two of the Silhouette Star, a race that was eventually won by Go Go Gabby. In her last start though, Tomato was a bang-up second to Go Go Gabby in the Silhouette Star Final, and in the World Series she’ll look to squash the winning streak of her stablemate.
Venezia invades from Hazel Park in search of the initial World Series trophy. The Pine Chip filly, out of the Doug Ackerman Stable, is in search of her first victory of the season after hitting the board in all four of her 2006 starts.
Giza has hung in conditioned trots during the Hawthorne season with modest success. Trained by John Butenschoen, Giza was a nice winner on May 17 in 1:59.4 and the Dream Vacation filly can be a threat with her best effort.
Completing the field is Ens Curious, a Hoosier Park shipper for the World Series. The S J’s Caviar filly was a nice third in a $23,596 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows back on May 6, and she’s been close on several occasions during the 2006 season.
All ten freshman trotters will make the first starts of their careers in the $48,500 World Series for 2 year-old trotting colts. The World Series is the first race on the schedule of the Grand Circuit for 2 year-olds, so it should be a very interesting and educational race.
Vapor Maker enters the World Series off a pair of nice qualifying wins at Balmoral, the fastest of which was trotted in 2:06.4. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, the Vaporize gelding will have his work cut out for him from the ten slot. Steamin Stanley is another son of Vaporize making his debut start. The Illinois-bred colt, trained by Steve Searle, boasts a 2:06 qualifying victory at Balmoral on May 30.
Robert Key will send a three-horse entry from Scioto Downs and The Meadows for their inaugural starts of their careers in the World Series. Super Star K was a 22-length winner in 2:06.2 in a qualifier at The Meadows on June 6. Star Sky and Monsoon K come in from Scioto where they both trotted miles around 2:06 in preparation for their first start.
Three other entrants will be boasting victories in their last qualifying start before the World Series. Fox Valley Isbi enters the World Series off of a 2:06.2 victory at Balmoral on June 6. Mighty Looker was nice 2:05.3 winner at Northfield, also on June 6, while Superior Judge rolled to a 2:07 victory at Hazel Park on June 5.
Completing the field in the 2-year-old colt trot are Eagle Claw, who finished 3rd to Mighty Looker in that Northfield race, and New Balance, who trotted in 2:05.4 in a Hawthorne qualifier on June 7 and enters the race as the only horse with a start over our oval.
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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