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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/29/06)

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Taylor Madison Holds Firm in Lady Hallie

Michael Dini, William Strauman and Don Bara’s Taylor Madison pressed the early pace, grabbed a short lead at top of the stretch, and gamely held off the advances of 4-5 favorite Rich Fantasy to score a narrow ¾ of a length victory over that rival in Saturday’s $97,175 Ladie Hallie Stakes at Hawthorne. It was 2 ½ lengths further back to Unreal Rocket in third.

Eddie Perez guided the 3-year-old daughter of Kipling to the promised land in a final six furlong time of 1:10.65 over a fast track for trainer Mike Dini.

Taylor Madison returned $17.20, $4.60 and $4.20. Rich Fantasy paid $2.60 and $2.40, and Unreal Rocket paid $4.60 to show.

Lady Hallie Quotes:

Perry Compton, rider of 3rd place finisher Unreal Rocket, "She ran well, we laid in perfect position but she just couldn’t get up."

Eusebio Razo, rider of 2nd place finisher Rich Fantasy, "My ride was good, I had a perfect trip. When I turned for home I thought I had her but there was no pace for me today. The winner (Taylor Madison) had a lot left in the turn for home."

Eddie Perez, rode winner Taylor Madison -- "Right now, she's a sprinter. She's not a horse that wants to go long right now, maybe when she has a little more experience she will. She has speed, but I expected to be in second or third, a little further behind. She broke so sharp, I just let her run. That other horse (Rich Fantasy) came to me, but I knew I had more horse. I didn't ask her until the eighth pole, and she really dug in."

Mike Dini, trainer of winner Taylor Madison -- "She was always a horse that wanted to show speed. We brought he to Tampa for the winter, and thought the Florida Oaks was going to come up short, so we stayed down there. She had a bad day (finished seventh). We wanted to sprint her the race before this, but that race came up to quick, so we sent her two turns, and she got speed crazy (faded to second). She may go a mile on the grass, but on the dirt not much longer. I'm thinking about running her five furlongs on turf next time, either at Churchill or Arlington. She's a head case, but she'll grow out of it one day."

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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