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Emigh, Janks Loaded for Illinois Festival
Leading jock to pilot all six morning-line favorites, four of them for Janks
The fields for Saturday’s Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing card have been drawn, and Hawthorne’s leading rider Chris Emigh is slated to pilot Jim Miller’s morning-line favorite in all six $100,000 Illinois stakes.
Four of the early choices are trained by Christine Janks: Pretty Jenny (3-1) in the Powerless Handicap; High Expectations (5-2) in the Lightning Jet Handicap; Stop a Train (5-2) in the Illini Princess Handicap; and Chillin Villain (7-2) in the Sun Power Stakes. Emigh will also climb aboard early favorites Magnetic Miss (7-2) in the Showtime Deb for “Spanky” Broussard and Wiggins (3-1) in the High Alexander Handicap for Dale Romans.
3rd Race $100,000 Powerless Handicap
It’s been tough to split them in the major of their racetrack encounters, therefore Bob and Nancy Bartels Bluesbdancing and Arbaway and Carson Springs Farm’s Pretty Jenny share the honors of race high weight 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.
Michael Dini Racing Stable’s 3-year-old Taylor Madison is also very capable, and the nine-pound break in the weights (115) that she receives can only help the cause. She scored a very game win in the Lady Hallie Stakes this past spring at Hawthorne, and enters this event off a sharp allowance tally at Mountaineer Park.
4th Race $100,000 Lightning Jet Handicap
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. He was last seen winning a conditioned allowance race at Hawthorne on Oct. 9, a race in which he defeated fellow Lightning Jet contenders Iron Rogue, Jimmy’s Boy and Alabama Clay.
5th Race $100,000 Illini Princess Handicap
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.
Millennium Farm’s 3-year-old Rolling Sea has also held her own in open stakes company, finishing third in the Grade III Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks this past summer. The Scott Blasi trainee also has a pair of Illinois stakes victories under her belt.
6th Race $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes
Off a sharp, first-level allowance win against open foes, Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss (Broussard) has been installed as the slight favorite 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.
7th Race $100,000 Sun Power Stakes
Both Asiel Stable’s Caruso and Arbaway and Carson Springs Farm’s Chillin Villain enter this race off two impressive victories to begin their careers, 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 score against a tough group of open, first-level allowance foes.
8th Race $100,000 High Alexander Handicap
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. He will spot between 9 and 12 pounds to his eight rivals.
Illinois sophomores Barely Union Scale and Tally Up have both taken down stakes events this season. Peter Abruzzo, John Carver and Tom Swearingen’s Barely Union Scale won the Land of Lincoln Stakes this past spring at Hawthorne, and Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbred’s Tally Up captured both the Springfield Stakes and the Paradise Creek Stakes this summer at Arlington.
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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