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Caruso Odds On in First Two-Turn Adventure
Undefeated Hazelton Juvenile Takes on Seven in Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity
Off three consecutive romping victories including two stakes, Asiel Stable’s Caruso has been installed as Jim Miller’s 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity. The Richard Hazelton-trained colt will take on seven fellow freshmen, five of which are maidens, in the 1 1/16 mile contest for Illinois-bred colts and geldings.
Caruso broke his maiden at first asking on July 15 at Arlington and returned six weeks later to take down the Troy Our Boy Stakes at Fairmount. In his most recent run on September 15 at Hawthorne, the son of Cape Canaveral captured the Sun Power Stakes. He’s won his three starts by 19 combined lengths.
Caruso has yet to race around two turns, but the bloodlines suggest that he will handle the added distance. On December 3, in his final preparation for Saturday’s start, he breezed a mile over a fast track in 1:40.
Regular rider Carlos Silva will once again pilot Caruso. The same owner/trainer/jockey team won last Saturday’s Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante with Copper State.
Miller’s second choice in the morning-line is Howard Nelson, Ed Kiel, and Frank and Pat Troost’s I Got a Dream. A distant third behind Caruso in the Sun Power, the son of The Deputy stretched out around two bends to finish a game second behind Mare’s Ex in a restricted first-level allowance in his most recent start.
Next in the early pecking order is Richard L. Duchossois’s That I Am (6-1). Trained by Chris Block, the son of Rahy finished second in a two-turn, open company maiden special weight race on November 15 in his first and only start.
Saturday, December 16 at Hawthorne Race Course
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, Dec. 26 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.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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