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Hawthorne Racecourse (12/9/06)

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Copper State Takes Illinois Debutante

Consistency pays off for Hazelton filly

Asiel Stable’s Copper State sat chilly on the rail, came through an opening on the inside at the top of the stretch, and wore down the pace setting Rich N Clever to capture Saturday’s $117,650 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante at Hawthorne by a half-length. It was two lengths further back to Jermidy in third.

With the 2-1 favorite Magnetic Miss spying just to her outside, Rich N Clever set opening fractions of 24.90, 48.90 and 1:13.76. She raced gamely to the wire, but was unable to hold off the advances of the eventual winner.

The Richard Hazelton-trained 2-year-old daughter of Jump Start completed the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:45.55 with Carlos Silva aboard, and returned $13.40, $7.00 and $5.60. Rich N Clever paid $8.80 and $7.60 and Jermidy returned $7.40 to show.

With the victory, Copper State boosted her career bankroll to $109,570. It was the first try around two turns for the filly, who had lit the tote in all five of her sprint tries leading in.

“This (stretching out) was the plan all along,” Silva said. “She is bred to go long, and Richard (trainer Hazelton) thought going two turns she would be an even better filly. Today she proved that.”

The same team will send out the undefeated 2-year-old colt Caruso for next Saturday’s $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, and the mere mention of his name brought a huge smile from Silva.

“He worked really well last week (49.3 breezing for a half-mile), and we expect him to run a very good race too.”

Additional quotes for Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

E. T. Baird, rider, 2nd, Rich N Clever, “She ran a great race. I was happy we got the lead as easily as we did. But, it was a little powdery on the rail and she probably had to work a little hard. She did start to come back after we got passed but it was too late.”

Chris Emigh, beaten favorite, Magnetic Miss, “I think the post worked against us. I’m not sure if any runners have won a route race from the 11-hole this meet. We had to work hard to get position and the footing was a little loose and powdery. I’m sure we would have done much better from the inside.”

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 and Dec. 24). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan. 1). Post time is 1:10 p.m. daily.

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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