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Fort Prado Out for Revenge in Carey Memorial
Rich in Spirit Leads Charge in Indian Maid
Team Block’s Fort Prado, second by a neck in last year’s edition of the race, headlines a field of nine turf milers for Saturday’s 24th running of the $150,000 Grade III Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Illinois.
The Carey is packaged with the $100,000 Indian Maid Handicap for female turfers, and the $500,000 Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup as part of the track’s 11-race Gold Cup Day extravaganza. The three races will comprise a $50,000 guaranteed “Golden Pick Three.”
Past performances for Hawthorne’s entire Gold Cup Day card can be downloaded for free by clicking here.
With four wins from six starts and earnings of over $318,000 this season, the Chris Block-trained Fort Prado is the the leading candidate for Illinois-bred Horse of the Year honors. Counted amongst his 2006 tallies is a pair of Grade III events: the Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup in January at Louisiana Downs; and the Connelly Breeders’ Cup in April at Sam Houston.
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite in last year’s Carey, the now 5-year-old son of El Prado lost a tough decision to Spruce Run. He rattled off four consecutive wins to begin his 2006 campaign, but finished third to Carey rival Therecomesatiger when attempting to defend his title in Arlington’s Sea ‘O Erin Breeders’ Cup two back, and last out he again grabbed the show dough on Chicago’s Northwest side, this time in a conditioned allowance race over a one-turn dirt mile.
Robby Albarado, who has enjoyed much success with Fort Prado, will be given a leg up aboard the 120-pound highweight. The team will leave from post eight.
Off his victory over Fort Prado in the Sea O’Erin and subsequent sixth place run in the Grade I Atto Mile at Woodbine, Jim Miller has installed Charles Patton’s Therecomesatiger as the 3-1 favorite for the Carey.
As a 3-year-old, the gelded son of Tiger Ridge won four of six starts for trainer Tom Proctor, including the Commonwealth Stakes over the Churchill green. The Sea O’Erin marks his only victory from just four starts this year, but he was also a good third behind Miesque’s Approval in the Grade II Firecracker at Churchill on July 1.
Less than two weeks ago, Therecomesatiger passed tired horses to finish sixth of 13 in the Atto Mile. Mark Guidry, who has been aboard for eight of his ten starts, will once again grab the reins in the Carey.
Carl Moore Management LLC’s Scooter Roach, who won this race at odds of 18-1 in 2004, hopes to catch lightning in a bottle once again. The Illinois-bred 7-year-old gelded son of Mi Cielo also sports a victory (via disqualification) in the 2002 edition of the Grade III Hawthorne Derby. Eddie Martin Jr. will get a leg up from trainer Bret Calhoun on Saturday.
Rounding out the field for the Carey (with trainer): Dolphin Morrison’s Rapid Proof (L. Wiggins), a career earner of $441,128; S J Stables LLC’s Cloudy’s Knight (Kirby), who is returning from a year layoff; Nancy Vanier and Charles Nuckols Jr.’s Come On Jazz (Williamson), a career earner of over $200,000; Steve Ramsey’s Gigawatt (Geier), upset winner of the Grade III Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup at Calder in April; Easy Money LLC’s speedy No Tolerance (Campbell), who wired the Mister Gus Stakes at Arlington in May; and Tom Tollen and Ray Kottermann’s Seattle invader Grafton (Penney), fourth behind Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup contender Flamethrowintexan last out in the Grade III Longacres Mile on dirt.
9th Race $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Hcp. (G3)
Also presented as part of Hawthorne’s Gold Cup day card will be the $100,000 Indian Maid Handicap, a 1 1/16 mile turf test for females. A full field of 12 has been entered, and Jim Miller’s lukewarm 4-1 morning line favorite is Glen Hill Farm’s Rich in Spirit.
A three-time winner at age two, the now 4-year-old daughter of Repriced scored only one victory from six starts in 2005, but she made it count, capturing the Grade III Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. The Tom Proctor charge has gotten her picture taken twice this season, both times at Churchill, with a victory in the Grade III Locust Grove on July 15 as her highlight. In her most recent start, Rich in Spirit crossed the line an even fifth behind divisional leader Gorella in the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington.
Rich in Spirit will add blinkers for the first time on Saturday, and will leave from the rail with regular rider Mark Guidry astride.
Other top contenders for the Indian Maid include (with trainer): Wertheimer and Frere’s Stormina (Pletcher), the winner of four of her last six starts including the Summer Finale at Mountaineer last out; Castleton Lyons’ Euro import Miss Mambo (Clement), who was last seen finishing fourth in the Grade II Jenny Wiley at Keeneland on April 15; Richard L Duchossois’ Royal Copenhagen (Block), the winner of last year’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington and most recently sixth in the Beverly D.; and Arthur Appleton’s Atlantic Frost (Goldfine), a winner of three of five career starts over the Hawthorne green, including the Yo Tambien Stakes last November.
See below for the complete Indian Maid field:
7th Race $100,000 Indian Maid Hcp.
The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.
Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Standardbred meet ran May 6 through June 17.
Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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