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|Hawthorne Racecourse (11/8/06)
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Block Stable Regroups
Vacare Sold, Mystery Giver on Hold, Fort Prado on Vacation
The day after Breeders’ Cup, Vacare passed through the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton selected mixed sale and was purchased by Jon Kelly for $2.8 million. According to former trainer Chris Block, the 3-year-old daughter of Lear Fan is currently stabled at Payson Park in Florida and will be trained by Christophe Clement.
Vacare made a name for herself by winning the first three starts of her career at Arlington for former owner Robert L. Lothenback in advance of a victory in Keeneland's Grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup (GI). Vacare is nominated to the Grade II Mrs. Revere Stakes to be run on Nov. 18 at Churchill, but she is not expected to run.
Block also reports that Fort Prado, the leading candidate for Illinois Horse of the Year honors, is in the midst of a 30-day vacation and that he will resurface in New Orleans later this month. The Illinois-bred millionaire Mystery Giver, who was last seen winning a salty conditioned allowance race at Hawthorne a couple of weeks ago, will run next in a conditioned allowance at either Churchill or Fair Grounds.
Block doesn’t have any stable stars to run for at least a few weeks, but in the coming days the barn will debut a pair of well-bred youngsters. In Thursday’s second race the stable will debut Trigger Happy, a 3-year-old half sister to Fort Prado by Pine Bluff, and in Friday’s second event That I Am, a 2-year-old full brother to the good horse Apt to Be, will make his first career start.
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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