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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/13/06)

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Grand Circuit Trotting Thursday at Hawthorne

Grand Circuit Week continues in full swing at Hawthorne on Thursday evening, as sophomore colt trotters and freshmen trotting fillies share the limelight in World Series Stakes.

Five 3-year-old trotters will slug it out in the $44,500 World Series Stake in the opening race on the card, while two divisions of the World Series Stake, each worth $32,875 will go postward in races three and five.

Shipping in from Woodbine for the World Series 3-year-old colt trot is Amazon Clipper. The son of Garland Lobell has been second in each of his two 2006 appearances, but did qualify over the Hawthorne oval back on May 17, winning in 2:00 flat. The Erv Miller trainee owns a 1:58 mark taken as a 2 year-old at Lexington last fall.

American Pacific has taken on the best in his class in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action at The Meadows and Pocono Downs. The American Winner colt was a 1:59.2 winner at The Meadows earlier in the year and starting from the rail, he should have prime striking position throughout the mile.

The two horses in the race with the most Hawthorne experience are Roman Holiday and Valley Liberator. Roman Holiday was beaten a neck in his most recent Hawthorne start, trotting his mile in 1:57.3, while Valley Liberator made a break while moving into contention in the Brandenburg Stake Final on the Night Of Champions. Both colts are most capable with their best effort. Completing the field is Emery Ho who finished 5th at Hawthorne on June 6, in what was first start of the year.

When Race Secretary Billy Perkins opened the entry box for the World Series 2 year-old filly trot, he found 13 entries, necessitating two divisions, each going for $32,575. In the first division, Too Busy To Cook is sure to attract the most attention at the windows. The Dream Vacation filly owns a mark of 2:04 taken in a qualifier at Springfield on June 10, her initial appearance behind the starting gate.

Fox Valley Deja is a perfect two for two in 2006, posting a pair of victories in the ISOBA Preview races at DuQuoin and Springfield. The Vaporize filly was an eye-popping 2:02.2 winner on June 3 at Springfield after taking a 2:05.3 tally at DuQuoin on May 27. Ima Lucky Lady was second behind Fox Valley Deja in the qualifier at Springfield on June 3 and has the advantage of starting from post one.

The only other winner in the field is Mac Flight who took a race mark of 2:05.3 at Scioto Downs on May 30. Completing the field for the first division are Real Hope, who has a trio of third place finishes in qualifiers at Hazel Park and Lily V, who trotted in 2:06.2 in a qualifier at Balmoral on June 6.

Division Two will be headed by a pair of winners who should share post time favoritism. Rhonda T was a 2:05.3 winner in a qualifier at Hazel Park on May 26, while Enchantress K earned a mark of 2:05.1 in a qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 6.

Enjoy The Music trotted her mile in 2:02.3 at Springfield on June 3 and that is faster than any other filly in the race has shown. Also qualifying at Springfield in the past couple of weeks were Fox Valley Smoothy, trotting her mile in 2:05.3, and Bandelin, who stopped the timer in her race in 2:04 flat. Completing the field for the second division are Pat Pat Hooray, who ships in from Northfield and Filly Hotspur, who has had a pair of qualifying efforts at Balmoral.

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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