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|Hawthorne Racecourse (12/16/06)
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“Dream” Comes True in Edgar
Chris Richard freshman upsets Caruso in Illinois Stake
Despite being forced to battle tooth and nail against a highly regarded favorite without his left front shoe, Howard Nelson, Ed Kiel and Frank and Pat Troost’s I’ve Got a Dream shook off adversity to capture Saturday’s $105,175 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity at Hawthorne Race Course.
With steady outside pressure from the 2-5 favorite Caruso, I’ve Got a Dream cut out fractions of 24.53, 48.88 and 1:14.18 under Eusebio Razo Jr. He began to inch away at the eighth pole, and eventually won by a length in a final time of 1:48.28 for 1 1/16 miles over a fast track. It was two lengths further back to Marksmilk Is White in third.
“It wasn’t necessarily my intention to be on the lead,” Razo said. “Chris (trainer Richard) just instructed me to just break, see where we were at, and just go from there. I had ridden this horse before, and I knew he could relax. At the 3/8th pole he was still doing everything pretty easy. This horse is really game.”
Undefeated from three starts prior to the Edgar, Caruso was last seen winning the $100,000 Sun Power Stakes on Nov. 11 at Hawthorne. In that six furlong event he defeated I’ve Got a Dream by nearly 10 lengths. I’ve Got a Dream then stretched out to win a restricted first-level allowance, while Caruso trained up to Saturday’s two-turn debut.
“Caruso is an outstanding individual, but I really felt that having run in a two-turn race already gave us a shot,” Richard said. “If we were going to turn the tables, that was going to be the reason.”
With his second win from four career starts, the 2-year-old son of The Deputy now sports a bankroll of $96,085.
Eusebio Razo, Jr., winning jockey aboard I’ve Got a Dream: “It wasn’t necessarily my intention to be on the lead. Chris (trainer Richard) just instructed me to just break out to there, see where we were at, and just go from there. I had ridden this horse before, and I knew he could relax. At the 3/8th pole he was still doing everything pretty easy. This horse is really game. For someone to get past us they were going to have to be really, really good. Caruso is good, but this horse had been two turns before, and I think that worked to his advantage.”
Chris Richard, winning trainer of I’ve Got a Dream: “Caruso is an outstanding individual, but I really felt that having run in a two-turn race already gave us a shot. If we were going to turn the tables, that was going to be the reason. This year has been a lot of fun, and this is a fantastic way to end it. Howard Nelson has been a great owner in Illinois for 18 years, but he had a run of some bad luck. I feel ecstatic for him. He deserves it, and so do the Troost and Kiel families. They’re fantastic people.”
Danush Sukie, 3rd Marksmilk Is White, “My horse wanted to be a little aggressive early. I thought we were sitting in the perfect position on the backside but I’m not sure he really handled the track as well as if it would have been a little more firm. He’s never been over a track like that. But, that was his first time around two turns. Maybe he’ll do better the next time.”
Carlos Silva, 2nd, beaten favorite Caruso, “I thought we would have the lead but the ground broke out from under him leaving the gate. If that wouldn’t have happened we probably would have gotten the lead and he (I Got A Dream) would have been chasing us. I couple of times I thought that I would go after the leader but that horse just kept on running. The other horse had gone the distance before and it was the first time in a route for mine. But, if we wouldn’t have stumbled early things would have probably been different.”
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.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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