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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/17/07)

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700

Catalissa takes Hula Chief

STICKNEY, IL – Trainer Roger Brueggemann extended his hot streak, taking Saturday’s featured Hula Chief Stakes with John Carman’s Catalissa. Always an honest runner, he kicked it into another gear while jumping in class to take on a field full of past stakes winners.

Let off at a generous 7.5-1, this talented runner was one of the few on the day who was able to make up a lot of ground in the stretch and, in fact, he was second to last coming out of the turn. He seemed to explode when the rail opened up for him and was able to win by a length and a half and still drawing away at the finish.

Bye Bye Crafty grabbed the lead quickly and set the first two fractions of :22.41 and :46.41. But, he was always under pressure and he tired to finish seventh. Star By Design, content to track the pace early, assumed the lead when Bye Bye Crafty tired and built up a length and a half lead but was unable to hold off the explosive stretch run by the winner.

High Expectations, another closer, did manage to come on late to grab third but was never a threat to the top pair.

Jose Betancourt, the winning rider, was happy with the way they won. “I was sitting really nice right behind horses. Turning for home I found a hole and we ran through it. We won easy.”

Carlos Silva, second on Star By Design, “He ran a good race. He really didn’t have any excuses. We were just second best today."

T. D. Houghton, rider on third-place High Expectations, “I had a real good trip. This horse comes from off the pace. It’s such a speed biased racetrack. He really kicked in big and made a big run. I knew turning for home I was going to have a tough time catching the two front horses but my horse ran a really big race. He got a little tired in the last sixteenth but this is a tiring racetrack."

They went the six furlongs in 1:11.20 after fractions of :22.41, :46.41, and :58.83.

Catalissa earned $28,890 for the victory, boosting his lifetime earnings to $307,290.

Catalissa paid $17.00, $7.20, and $4.60. Star Design brought back $4.80 and $3.20. High Expectations returned $3.00.

Hawthorne Race Course is scheduled to conduct 119 Thoroughbred and 39 harness live programs in 2007. Located at Cicero or Laramie Avenues at 35th Street, gates open daily at 10 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at




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