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Hawthorne Race Course

Wiggins dominates on Illinois Champions Day

by Janine Starykowicz

Stickney, IL (April 28, 2007) Wiggins took control in the stretch to draw off by 10 1/4 lengths to win the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap today at Hawthorne Race Course.

The race was one of six $100,000 added races for Illinois breds.

Tenpointfive set most of the reasonable fractions before fading to finish sixth. Wiggins stopped the clock in 1:44.36 for 1 1/16 miles.

"I watched the last couple races today and saw that speed was trying to get away," explained winning jockey Jerry La Sala. "I figured I would try and get away and lay just off them and let his class do the rest. He did it all, I just hung on."

Air Academy closed from far back to take second, with Infectious Spirit tracking a nose behind for the show spot. Wiggins paid $3.20 $2.80 and $2.10. Air Academy paid $5.00 and $4.60, with Infectious Spirit paying $5.80.

Last year's two-year-old champion Caruso started off the festivities by wiring the field in the six furlong Land of Lincoln Stakes for three year olds. Only three others faced Caruso after Chillin Villain scratched. Caruso paid $2.60 $2.10 and $2.10, with a winning time of 1:10.37. Stonehouse was second all around the track to finish 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, paying $2.80 and $2.10. Icandazzle was third and paid $2.10.

"He did it all on his own," said Carlos Silva of the winner. "I didn't have to move. When I hit the eighth pole he just took off. I was confident all the way."

Trout River Red upset the Governor's Lady Handicap, winning by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:11.28 for 6 furlongs. "It was a perfect trip," explained her jockey Danush Sukie. "That was a good bunch of horses. I think she's getting better as she gets older."

Precious Zeal set the early fractions before getting caught in the stretch. Denoun N Deverb was third. Beaten favorite Petty Jenny rallied, but lacked a late response and was fourth. "It was a tough spot to come back first out," said her jockey Chris Emigh.

Trout River Red paid $12.20, $5.80 and $4.60. Precious Zeal retured $12.40 and $10.20, while Denoun N Deverb paid $6.80.

The upsets continued in the Peach of It Handicap, 1 1/6 miles for distaffers. Tuffted set all the fractions to win in 1:45.94, lighting up the board to pay $72.80, $24.00 and $6.60. Dyna Slam rallied five wide and just missed to finish second by a head, paying $5.40 and $3.00. Beaten favorite Stop a Train was third, at $2.60.

"I tried to run her at Keeneland. I knew the filly was training really awesome," said winning trainer Marco Salazar. "I told my owner you've got to give me a shot. We will not find another shot at $100,000 against Illinois breds."

Secret Kin didn't pay quite as much in the Lady Hallie Stakes, for three year old fillies at six furlongs. The Chris Block trainee beat favorite and two-year-old filly reserve champion Magnetic Miss by 4 1/4 lengths. Last year's champion Copper State was another 1 1/4 back in third.

"I was confident going into the race," said Block. "She took some major steps forward off her last race and today when she found a hole she went right through it.

Secret Kin paid $12.20, $4.80 and $3.20, finishing in 1:11.59. Magnetic Miss returned $3.20 and $2.60, while Copper State paid $4.40.

The Chicagoland Handicap was the final stakes race, for four and up over six furlongs. High Expectations closed with a rush to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Distorted Groom. Favorite Sub Futz Jr. was third after pushing Last Gran Standing to quick early fractions.

Winning jockey Chris Emigh anticipated that pace scenario: "It looked like on paper everyone had speed, figured it would be a Quarter Horse race out of there. I was thinking it would set up for us, and we got a perfect trip."

High Expectations' final time was 1:10.62, and he returned $10.20, $4.60 and $2.60. Distorted Groom paid $4.40 and $2.80, with Sub Futz Jr. at $2.40.




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