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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/17/06)

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Hollywood Ending to Carey; Slam Dunk in Dygert

Monster Pacer Devilfish Also Rolls on Closing Night

Cheyenne Hollywood dropped a hint in the Preview last week, finishing second to defending Carey champ, He Wants It All, and in Saturday night’s $96,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial at Hawthorne Race Course he turned the tables on that classy foe, besting him by a length in 1:50 flat for driver Brent Holland and trainer Julie Miller. Wherethemoneywentn was 2 ½ lengths off the winner in third.

“The trip worked out perfect,” Holland said. “I couldn’t have drawn it out any better. When I saw everybody leaving out of there it looked like they were going to heat it up pretty good I was loaded at the quarter pole. I just waited my time before I had to pull.”

Rob Roy Mattgregor grabbed control early through the :26.4 opening panel, while He Wants It All was stuck on the outside moving up. Dave Magee moved the defending champ to the lead, but when he stopped the timer in :54.1, the horses in the back of the pack began to lick their chops. Wherethemoneywentn attacked first-over, but sitting in the golden spot, second-over, was Cheyenne Hollywood and when driver Brent Holland asked the son of Western Hanover for just a little more, he responded to deny He Wants It All back to back Carey titles. Cheyenne Hollywood established a new lifetime mark and moved his 2006 bankroll past $120,000.

“We’re very fortunate that the Cheyenne Gang chose to send him to Chicago,” Miller said. “We were very confident. Brent (driver Holland) said he was perfect last week. We were hoping for a good draw. Brent did an excellent job of driving tonight. Unfortunately we don’t get to keep him and he has to go back to the Meadowlands.”

The fourth time proved to be the charm for Dunkster in the evening’s $105,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot. After several failed attempts at winning the prestigious race, the 7-year-old gelding finally got it done for driver/trainer Kurt Sugg. The hard charging Dink Adoo was just a neck back in second, and defending Dygert champ Muscles Marinara finished third, 4 ¼ lengths behind the winner.

“He's a tough horse who gives it his all every time,” Sugg said. “Ryan (driver Anderson) got out (with Dink Adoo) and was coming pretty hard. I didn’t know if I could hold him off. My horse just dug in and fought. It was was pretty special.”

Muscles Marinara left hard to grab control and that left Battleshoe Victor on the outside with no seat on the rail. Those two battled through initial panels of :27.3 and :56. Just past the half, driver/trainer Kurt Sugg pulled from fifth with Dunkster and sat second-over until just before the three-quarter pole when they swung three-wide to engage Muscles Marinara. Dunkster wore down the leader and then held off fast closing Dink Adoo to earn the neck decision in 1:54 flat. Plea closed well to finish third. Dunkster’s victory moved his lifetime bankroll to just under $600,000.

With several top events including the Dygert Trot and Carey Pace highlighting Hawthorne’s closing night program, one of the most anticipated events on the card was the return of Devilfish in the World Series 3-year-old colt pace. The 3-year-old altered son of Cam’s Card Shark opened his career at Hawthorne on June 7, winning by some 8 lengths in 1:51.2.

In the World Series, the Erv Miller trainee was sent postward as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite and Devilfish lived up to all the pre-race hype with an astonishing 14 length victory in 1:50.1, setting a new track record for 3 year-old pacers. Driver Dave Magee glided out of the gate with Devilfish and once CR Fixed Asset assumed command, Magee worked his way to the lead just past the :28.1 opening quarter.

Devilfish kept rolling through a half-mile panel in :55.1 and the three-quarter mark in 1:22.3. By then he had opened some 6 lengths on the field and as he cruised to the wire, the margin was 14 lengths in the extraordinary mile.

“This horse is hard to describe,” Magee said with a stunned look on his face. “He’s just a monster. He knows no bottom so far. I tried to slow him down a little bit at the three-quarters and he just wanted to dig. He relaxed heading into the wind a little bit but when I tapped on him a little bit, he scooted right on. On a super night he would have gone a huge, huge mile. There’s no way of knowing how good he could get. He’s a little green but he feels like an aged horse. He’s untested but I’m sure he has some great things ahead of him.”

“Nobody knows how good he could become,” Miller stated. “but he acts like one of those, if you keep them together, if nothing goes wrong, he could go a long way. I’d be lying if I said that I knew what I had before he raced in a qualifier (downstate Illinois in May) but I did know that I had a nice horse.”

In Other Closing Night Action

The opening stake race on Hawthorne’s closing night card was the $41,500 World Series Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and while four different horses made breaks in the race, it was Dead Heat who emerged victorious in a tight photo over Gordie How. Todd Warren guided the 2-year-old Life Sign colt to the 1:56 victory for trainer Claude Gendreau.

Westward Vision won his second consecutive Free For All Pace at Hawthorne, defeating Jilliby Spirit A by a ½ length in 1:50 flat. Westward Vision cut all of the fractions and fought off 3-5 favorite Yukon Cornelius, who attacked first-over and finished third. Jilliby Spirit A came off Yukon Cornelius’ back and finished well to garner second money.

The $16,200 Stickney Pacing Series Final went to GW Sport. Sam Widger left with the 3-year-old Sportsmaster gelding from post 10, settled in third, and came on in the lane to register the one length victory in 1:54.1. TJ’s First earned the second spot when Get Real was disqualified for interference to JP’s Jackpot in the stretch, while Artie’s Wiper was moved up to third.

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick was in the winners’s circle to present the winner’s trophy to the connections of Midwich Hanover, who was a 1:54.1 winner in the $16,700 Cicero Pacing Series. The Dave McCaffrey trainee came first, over came a few rough steps, and fought gamely down the stretch to register a one length victory over Macbest. Impressive Dancer, who lacked racing room late, salvaged third.

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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