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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/29/06)

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Old Timer Silver Bid Holds Safe in Chicagoland

Eugene Young’s Silver Bid battled the lead every step of the way, shook free at the top of the stretch, and had enough left in the tank to hold off the late flying Johnathan to win Saturday’s $107,450 Chicagoland Handicap at Hawthorne. It was another 1 ½ lengths back to third place finisher Knowwhatimean. Defending Chicagoland champion Take Achance On Me battled with Silver Bid early on before fading to sixth as the 4-5 favorite.

Perry Compton was up top the 8-year-old gelding for trainer Joel Berndt, and the six furlong voyage was completed in 1:10.93 over a wet fast track. The win was the 17th in the 50-start career of Silver Bid, who boosted his career earnings to $767,255.

Silver Bid paid $9.80, $4.00 and $2.80. Johnathan returned $8.20 and $4.80 and Knowwhatimean paid $5.00 to show.

Chicagoland Quotes:

Chris Emigh, rider of beaten favorite, Take Achance On Me: "He was slipping pretty bad. He just put his head down and his feet were slipping everywhere. He came back jogging. When we were in the gate he was kind of cutting up. Something seemed to go wrong down the lane. It seemed like he was ready to fall. I thought he might have gotten hurt and I didn’t want to hurt him any worse."

Perry Compton, winning rider, Silver Bid: "When I got to ride him the first time, I didn’t know anything about him so things might not have gone that well. Plus, he got beat by a very nice horse that was very deserving. I told Joel that if I got to ride him again it would be a whole different story. Then, Joel asked me if I would come back to ride him and I couldn’t believe it. He just kind of fell into my lap. I’ve never had to work him or anything. He’s just a very nice horse even though he has a little age on him. But, Joel did an excellent job of getting him ready for this off only one race."

Larry Sterling, rider of 3rd place finisher KnowwhatImean: "My trip was perfect but this time 2 were faster than me."

Jesse Campbell, rode 2nd place finisher Johnathan: "He (trainer Justin Johns) has never had this horse better. Today the race set up well for us. I was able to save ground, and the way the race unfolded, I knew we'd have a big chance to close. He came out and fired. I thought he'd win today, but you've got to give the old boy (Silver Bid) credit."

Joel Berndt, trained winner Silver Bid: "The key is to not run him very often, and to pick our spots. He's not the average horse. It's hard to catch him in the stall. You have to give him mints. He loves to stay at the track. He hasn't been to the farm since he was three, which is the amazing thing. He's any easy horse to train. He has such a big year in 2004, he lost his edge just a bit mentally last year and hit a little wall. He has his confidence back now."

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week: Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

Hawthorne’s summer 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day, Saturday, May 6, post time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

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