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Illinois-Breds Showcased on Saturday

Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing features six $100,000 stakes for Prairie Staters

Nominations for the six $100,000 Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing stakes to be run at Hawthorne on Saturday, November 11 have been released. Listed below are the races, the total nominations to each, and the headliners.

Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing Stakes (for Illinois registered, conceived, and/or foaled)

The tenth running of the $100,000 High Alexander Handicap (3yo’s & up, 1 1/16 miles) – closed with 17 nominations.

The 125-pound highweight for the High Alexander is William Pacella, Joseph Rizza and Ronald Schwed’s Wiggins. A career earner of $746,345, the 6-year-old son of Cartwright owns 14 wins, eight of them stakes. The Dale Romans charge won last year’s edition of the High Alexander by nearly five lengths, and he was last seen finishing a respectable fifth in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 at Churchill Downs.

Listed second in the weights at 121 pounds is High Expectations, the runner-up to Wiggins in last year’s edition of the High Alexander. He is also nominated to the Lightning Jet Handicap and is more likely to run in that sprint event for trainer Christine Janks.

Other top names considered possible for the High Alexander (with trainer): Barely Union Scale (Swearingen), Air Academy (Williamson), Cavu (Yanez), Royko (Boyce), Tally Up (Williamson), Icanmove (Kasperski) and Zippy Slew (King).

The 29th running of the $100,000 Illini Princess Handicap (fillies & mares, 3yo’s & up, 1 1/16 miles) – closed with 14 nominations.

Off her second place run in the Grade III Arlington Matron two starts back, Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm’s Stop a Train has been assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the Illini Princess Handicap by Hawthorne racing secretary Gary Duch. A winner of four of nine starts this season for trainer Christine Janks, the 4-year-old daughter of Devil His Due was last seen finishing third in a third-level allowance at Keeneland on October 13.

Listed second in the weights at 119 pounds is Toll Taker. The 4-year-old daughter of Bernstein is winless from six starts this season, but she has competed with top class competition on the East Coast for trainer Tim Hills.

Other top names considered possible for the Illini Princess (with trainer): Defuhr (Wainwright), Rolling Sea (Blasi), Unreal Rocket (Houghton), Cheyenne Spirit (Werner), Dyna Slam (Blasi), Lampoon (Williamson), Tuffted (Salazar) and Zitlaly (Yanez).

The 6th running of the $100,000 Lightning Jet Handicap (3yo & up, six furlongs) – closed with 15 nominations.

Off a pair of sprint stakes tallies against the Illinois-bred set this past summer at Arlington, S. D. Brille, LP’s High Expectations has been shouldered with top weight of 123 pounds for the Lightning Jet. With a serious stretch kick, the 4-year-old gelded son of Peaks and Valleys took down both the Zen Stakes and the White Oak Handicap in June at Arlington for trainer Christine Janks.

Next in line in the weight assignments at 121 pounds is Alabama Clay, a four-time winner this season for trainer Joseph “Spanky” Broussard.

Other top names considered possible for the Lightning Jet (with trainer): Iron Rogue (Tomillo), Jimmy’s Boy (Gabriel Jr.), Big Rushlet (Janks), Out for a Spin (Geier), Guccione (Hellman), Distorted Groom (Rainwater) and Silver Titan (Werner).

The 6th running of the $100,000 Powerless Handicap (fillies and mares, 3yo & up, six furlongs) – closed with 11 nominations.

It’s been tough to split them in the majority of their racetrack encounters, therefore Bob and Nancy Bartels Bluesbdancing and Arbaway and Carson Springs Farm’s Pretty Jenny share the honors of race highweight at 124 pounds for the Powerless.

This season, Bluesbdancing got the best of Pretty Jenny in both the Governor’s Lady Handicap at Hawthorne and the Issac Murphy Handicap at Arlington, but in their most recent battle, it was Pretty Jenny who came out on top in the Safely Kept Stakes at Arlington.

Other top names considered possible for the Powerless (with trainer): Fighting Fever (Dorris), Miss Classified (Kirby), Taylor Madison (Dini), Lucy Valentine (Klesaris), Canyons Sister (Cristel), Storm Rolling In (Werner) and Trout River Red (Ackerman).

The 11th running of the $100,000 Sun Power Stakes (2yo colts & geldings, 6 furlongs) – closed with 14 nominations.

Both Asiel Stable’s Caruso and Arbaway and Carson Springs Farm’s Chillin Villain enter this race off two impressive victories to begin their career, thus they are expected to battle for the favoritism in the Sun Power Stakes.

Caruso kicked off his career on July 15 at Arlington with a six-length maiden romp for trainer Richard Hazelton, and the 2-year-old son of Cape Canaveral followed up six weeks later with a crushing score in the Troy Our Boy Stakes at Fairmount Park.

On September 9 at Arlington, the Christine Janks trained Chillin Villain also broke his maiden at first asking, and he returned four weeks later to score a game win against a tough group of open, first-level allowance foes.

Other top names considered possible for the Sun Power (with trainer): Applewood (Williamson), Beuzen (Houghton), Chief Thief (Granitz), I Got a Dream (Richard), Mare’s Ex (DiVito), Sailfin (Boyce), Scary Thoughts (Janks) and Skating Sam (Shenofsky).

The 11th running of the $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes (2yo fillies, 6 furlongs) – closed with 15 nominations.

Off a sharp, first-level allowance win against open foes, Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss (Broussard) could garner slight favoritism in what promises to be a wide open edition of the Showtime Deb. Asiel Stable’s Copper State (Hazelton), who has lit the tote in all four of her career starts, should also receive plenty of attention from the wagering public.

Other top names considered possible for the Showtime Deb (with trainer): Ally’s Little Sis (Zavash), Frances Cat (Swearingen), Halo At Last (Williamson), Mary Abbott (Boyce), Meho Rouge (Lunsford), Rich N Clever (Werner), Robin Cart (Cristel), Sarahlinds Deelite (Dorris), Shez Poison (Essenpreis), Tak’s Wish (Martin) and Tricky Business (Matthews).

Saturday’s Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing card will be drawn on Thursday.

For a complete list of nominations and early past performances for all six stakes events (courtesy of Equibase), click here:

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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