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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/30/06)

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Chicago Breeders’ Cup Hero Gearing Up

Breeders’ Cup champ Dreaming of Anna logs sharp work on Saturday

Frank Calabrese’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Dreaming of Anna, a virtual shoe in for Eclipse Awards honors as the nation’s top 2-year-old female, is back in serious training for trainer Wayne Catalano.

On Friday at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, the daughter of Rahy worked a handy four furlongs over a firm turf in :47 3/5 under Angel Cordero Jr.

“She’s doing super,” Catalano said. “She went real easy.”

It was just the second work back for the undefeated Dreaming of Anna, who put in a leisurely move over the same course and distance last week.

According to a published report in Daily Racing Form, the filly is expected to run in a pair of turf races in advance of the April 7 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. If all goes according to plan, she will then take a crack at the Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Catalano said. “Frank (owner Calabrese) gets back from his vacation in the Bahamas on Jan. 3, and then he, Stevie (stable manager Leving) and I will sit down and discuss our options.”

The biggest tally of her career came on dirt, but Catalano insists that Dreaming of Anna will do her best work on the turf. She’s already won a pair of stakes on grass.

“It’s scary,” Catalano said. “It could be a fun year.”

Entering today's action at Hawthorne, there are carryovers in the Early Pick Four ($6,621), Pick Six ($9,505) and Place Pick Nine ($1,120). Sunday being the final day of the calendar year, there are mandatory payoffs on all carryover wagers. The Pick Six and Place Pick Nine will not be offered on closing day Monday.

On closing day Monday, Hawthorne has a pair of races restricted to 7-year-olds and up – the “Methuselah #1” for sprinters and the “Methuselah #2” for routers.

“It has been a closing day tradition since 1997,” said Hawthorne’s racing secretary Gary Duch. “All horses celebrate their birthday on January 1, and it is nice to do something for our senior citizens of racing. In the Bible, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, so the name fits.”

In the field of nine for the route, Jim Miller installed Count Centavos as the 5-2 favorite, and in the sprint, Say Hey Charlie has been tabbed as the 3-1 choice amongst the ten old timers.

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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