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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/6/06)

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Mott Trio Headlines List of Hawthorne Derby Nominations

Graded stakes winners Go Between and Union Avenue join Desert Wheat on the list for Hall of Fame trainer

Trainer Bill Mott survived a few anxious moments to win the 2005 edition of the $250,000 Grade III Hawthorne Derby with Brant Laue’s Gun Salute, and this year he has three bullets to fire for a potential repeat bid on Saturday, October 14.

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite off his victory in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, Gun Salute battled tooth and nail to edge Cosmic Kris, and survived an inquiry before the official light went on.

Nominations for the 42nd running of the Hawthorne Derby were released by racing secretary Gary Duch on Thursday, and Mott trains three of the 27 3-year-old turfers on the list: Peter Vegso’s Go Between, the winner of the Grade II Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in July; Arlington Park’s 23-1 American Derby upsetter Union Avenue, owned by WinStar Farms Inc.; and the graded stakes veteran Desert Wheat, campaigned by Wachtel Stables and Brous Stables.

Other group/graded stakes winners whose names appear on the Hawthorne Derby nominations file include (with trainer): David Soifer’s Amigoni (Motion), winner of the Group III Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland on July 17; Mill House’s Brilliant (Howard), the victor in both the Grade II Jefferson Cup at Churchill on June 17 and the Grade III Kent Breeders’ Cup at Delaware on September 9; Oxbow Racing LLC’s Kingship (Werner), the 10-1 upsetter in the Grade II American Derby at Arlington on July 1; Klaravich Stable’s Outperformance (Violette), who took down the Grade III Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont on June 9; and Flatbird Stable’s Rock Lobster (Dickinson), winner of the Grade III Saranac at Saratoga on September 3.

A complete list of Hawthorne Derby nominations and early past performances can be found at http://www.hawthorneracecourse.com/horsemen_tb/stakes.php

The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through January 1 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan.1). 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 races can be seen live on Horse Racing Television (HRTV). HRTV provides full, in-depth coverage of the current Hawthorne Race Course meeting, with complete post parades, and expert analysis from the network's hosts.

Hawthorne’s spring 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run February 23 thru May 3. The summer 2007 Standardbred meet will be held June 22 thru August 5. The fall 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run September 17 thru December 31.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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