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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/29/06)

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Barely Union Scale More Than Good Enough in Land of Lincoln

Peter Abruzzo, John Carver and Swearingen Stables’ Barely Union Scale stalked the pace mid-pack, ranged up on the turn for home, and wore down the stubborn pacesetter Class N Charm to win Saturday’s $96,525 Land of Lincoln Stakes at Hawthorne by ¾ of a length. It was just a head further back to Cart’s Maybeoughta, who finished a fast closing third. Rochester Cat, the 8-5 favorite, finished 11 of 12.

It was the second consecutive stakes win for the veteran reinsman Eddie Perez, who guided Taylor Madison to victory in the Lady Hallie just one race prior. Tom Swearingen trains the 3-year-old son of Dixie Union, who completed six furlongs in 1:11.64 over a fast track.

Barely Union Scale returned $22.20, $11.00 and $7.60. Class N Charm paid $14.00 and $6.40 and Cart’s Maybeoughta returned $6.40 to show.

Land of Lincoln Quotes:

Danush Sukie, rider of 3rd place finisher Cart’s Maybeoughta: "My horse tried hard. He came up a little short in the stretch. He hadn’t raced in about 5 weeks and I think if we had gotten another start in him he probably would have won. At the eighth pole I thought he was a winner."

Tom Swearingen, trainer of the winner Barely Union Scale: "The trip was in his favor. Eddie did a good job. He says the horse is really coming into his own now."

Miguel Mena, rider of 2nd place finisher Class N Charm: "I thought I was going to win but he got tired the last sixteenth of a mile. He surprised me, I never thought he would run that good, he ran a really good race."

Francisco Torres, rode Rochester Cat: "I told Andy (trainer Hansen) that he might have a little problem deep on the inside of him. Around the turn he felt good, and was where I wanted him, at the top of the lane he just shut it down. It happens, but something is bothering him. I told Andy to take him back to the barn and see what he can find."

Eddie Perez, on Barely Union Scale: "It's been one hell of a day, man (second stakes win on the card). He left the gate pretty good. I had to wake him up a little bit, but then he took me right there (where I wanted to be). In the stretch, I had to get after him. He's hard to ride. He's a little lazy, so I had to keep after him and stay busy."

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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