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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/15/06)

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Gabby Keeps Going; Positive Verdict for “Judge”

The World Series Grand Circuit racing got rolling at Hawthorne on Wednesday night, and the trotters grabbed the spotlight.

The Illinois-bred Go Go Gabby, fresh off her score in the Silhouette Star Finals on Night of Champions, kept her undefeated sophomore season intact, winning for the fifth consecutive time in the $38,000 Grand Circuit event.

The Roger Welch-trained daughter of Valley Victor flashed her usual speed in hand to Dave Magee, and was never seriously challenged as the 2-5 chalk, crossing the line 5 ¼ lengths in front of her stablemate Tomato, in a final time of 1:56 4/5. It was 15 lengths further back to Ens Curious in third.

The evening’s $48,500 Grand Circuit Stakes for the 2-year-old colts and geldings provided a lot more drama. Superior Judge, who broke stride before and after the opening quarter, recovered to score a narrow victory over the late closing New Balance in a final time of 2:03. The son of Sj’s Caviar got it done at odds of 8-1 for driver/trainer Doug Ackerman. It was 2 ½ lengths further back to Fox Valley Irish, who closed late ground to grab the show dough. James Arledge’s three-pronged entry of Star Sky, Monsoon K and Super Star K, collectively favored at 6-5 in the wagering, finished fifth, eighth and sixth respectively.

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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