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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/29/06)

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Wiggins Dominates Milwaukee Avenue

William Pacella, Joseph Rizza and Ronald Schwed’s Wiggins pressed the early pace, took full command at the head of the lane, and cruised to a four-length victory over the late closing Air Academy in Saturday’s $105,650 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap at Hawthorne. It was a length further back to Storm Coming in third.

Chris Emigh piloted the 6-year-old gelded son of Cartwright, who completed the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:44.81. The victory increased his career bankroll to $696,482.

As the 6-5 favorite, Wiggins returned $4.40, $3.00 and $2.60. Air Academy paid $3.60 and $2.60, and Storm Coming returned $6.80 to show.

Milwaukee Avenue Quotes:

Chris Emigh, winning rider, Wiggins: "We got lucky that the race came up without much speed so I got to relax him a little and that’s what I did. I figured that all I had to do was not get him tired and he’d win. I’m just glad that Dale gave me the mount back. I rode him twice and he won both."

Isreal Ocampo, rider of 3rd place finisher, Storm Coming: "There was too much speed and I got into a lot of traffic in the stretch."

Larry Sterling, rider of 2nd place finisher Air Academy: "I had a great trip. Only one problem, we ran second."

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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