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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/29/06)

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Meadow Bride Second to None in Peach of It

Asiel Stable’s Meadow Bride overcame brief traffic trouble at the top of the stretch, took full command inside the eighth pole, and drew away to a sharp 2 ¾ length victory over Capistrano in Saturday’s $88,425 Peach of It Handicap at Hawthorne. It was two lengths further back to Sara’s Tune. Toll Taker, the 9-5 post time favorite, held a brief lead turning for home, but faded to fifth under the line.

Carlos Silva was aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Runaway Groom, who completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.05 for trainer Richard Hazelton.

Meadow Bride returned $6.40, $3.60 and $3.00. Capistrano paid $5.20 and $4.20, and Sara’s Tune returned $7.40 to show.

Peach of It Quotes:

Carlos Silva: "A horse in front of us kind of stopped, but we were able to find our way through. This horse wants to have a little pace to run at. Last time (April 2, finished second) was her first time going long this year, and the leader (Sunset Kisses) got away to an easy lead. There was no pace to run at, and she got a little tired. Richard (trainer Hazelton) wanted to have her just right for today, and he did."

Francisco Torres (rider of 2nd place finisher, Capistrano): "Things got a little rough around the first turn but we made it through it. We sat in a perfect spot the rest of the way. My horse drifted out a little in the stretch and let the winner through otherwise she ran a real nice race."

Richard Hazelton (trainer of 1st place finisher, Meadow Bride): "She ran real good. She’s a real honest nice mare. Carlos did a nice job, Arcaro (Hall of Famer Eddie) couldn’t have done it any better."

Randy Meier (rider of 3rd place finisher, Sara’s Tune): "She ran super. We had to hold up a little on the turn but she ran big. She ran better than expected but the way we hoped she would."

Rajiv Maragh (rode beaten favorite, Toll Taker: "I asked her on the backstretch to stay in contention, but she didn't show a lot of interest or respond. I thought she'd be on the lead, and they really weren't going that fast, but she kept wanting to drop back, so I had to keep pushing on her. That took all the run out of her. We her in the right position at the top of the stretch, but by that time, I was out of horse."

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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