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Hawthorne Racecourse (10/31/06)

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Calabrese Duo on Edge for Championship Run

Dreaming of Anna, Lewis Michael put in sharp moves on Sunday

Both halves of the Frank Calabrese Breeders’ Cup duo put in sharp moves at Churchill on Sunday. The undefeated Dreaming of Anna, who is expected to be sent off as one of the favorites in the Juvenile Fillies, fired a half-mile bullet breeze in :47 with regular rider Rene Douglas in tow. Douglas is slated to pilot both of the Calabrese championship hopefuls horses on Saturday.

"That was a good work," trainer Wayne Catalano said of the move that was the best of 71 at the distance. "Rene was trying to ease off at the five-eighths pole, but there was a lot of traffic, so he got her away from there a little bit fast.”

None of her previous three races have come around the two-turn distance that Saturday’s race presents, but Catalano doesn’t see a problem.

“She's done it plenty of times in the morning,” Catalano said. “She goes around like it is no problem and acts like she wants more of it.”

The 3-year-old colt Lewis Michael, who would need two defections in order to draw into the Mile (not including Super Frolic – first preference in the Classic and Mauralakana – first preference in the Filly and Mare Turf), which is his first preference, breezed five panels over the Churchill turf in 1:04 2/5. He has a better chance to get in the Sprint, where he would need only one defection. If probable favorite Henny Hughes starts as expected, Darley Stable will not run the filly Dubai Escapade, opening up a spot for Lewis Michael.

“I would like to run him, because he is doing very, very well,” Catalano said. “How many chances do you get to run in the Breeders’ Cup? But there is always next year and he is a young horse. We know there are other races, so I am not that disappointed (if he doesn’t get in).”

If both horses start, it will mark the first time in the 23-year history of the Breeders’ Cup that full brother and sister competed in the event the same year. In 1992, full brothers Sultry Song (5th in the Classic) and Solar Splendor (DNF in the Turf) competed in the same Breeders’ Cup.

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.

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