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Hawthorne Race Course
|Hawthorne Racecourse (4/21/07)
Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542
Kettleoneup “Ices” Sixty Sails
Stickney, IL – Fast fractions and a well-timed ride by veteran jockey Calvin Borel enabled Kettleoneup to roll through the stretch in route to a widening 3 3/4 length victory in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap, the ladies equivalent to the National Jockey Club Handicap run earlier on the card. Running at the same 1 1/8 distance as the boys, the Michael Tomlinson trained filly stopped the clock in 1:50.89 as the 5-2 third choice in the wagering.
Right from the beginning, it looked like the race might set up for a closer. Even-money favorite Mo Cuishle and 5-2 Rolling Sea zipped through an opening quarter in a robust 23.16, nearly a half second quicker than the boys ran the opening quarter in the NJC. The two favorites battled to a half in 46.78 before Rolling Sea assumed a short lead around the far turn.
It looked for awhile like Rolling Sea and jockey Chris Emigh might begin to open up some distance on the field, but the quick fractions took their toll and Kettleoneup took advantage, roaring down the center of the track in route to victory. My Chickadee outfinished Rolling Sea for second. Rolling Sea held for third, while Mo Cuishle tired through the lane and was a disappointing fourth.
Sometimes pace makes the race and there was no exception here. Calvin Borel described the events: “She (Kettleoneup) was the only filly finishing real good. It really set up for us and I had an awesome trip. The three of them (Mo Cuishle, Rolling Sea, and Coolwind) went out there, and I was able to tip to the outside where she likes it and I was home free.”
The 4-year-old daughter of Victory Gallop has been on the improve all year and her trainer Michael Tomlinson always thought the horse just needed more distance to show her very best. “We always thought she wanted to go long. Second out she cracked a tibia. Then we ran her a time or two short to set her up. We always knew she was a nice filly and she really loves the route of ground. The farther she goes the better she gets.”
Winning the Grade 3 Sixty Sails also avenged a heartbreak loss in the Grade 3 Azeri Breeder’s Cup, when the Todd Pletcher trained India beat Kettleoneup by a head. This time it was Kettleoneup beating Pletcher’s Mo Cuishle and that just had to feel good. “Turnabout is fair play,” Tomlinson chuckled. “I’m glad for it to happen, but you don’t really care who you beat. I’m just happy for my filly.”
The victory moved Kettleoneup’s lifetime mark to four wins from ten starts and pushed her earnings to over a quarter million dollars.
Kettleoneup $7.40 $4.40 $2.80 My Chickadee $8.80 $4.60 Rolling Sea $2.80
- Chris Emigh, third place finisher Rolling Sea: “I had some horse, but she was kind of on the muscle the whole way around. I thought I had some horse turning for home but she kind of collapsed on me.”
- John Velazquez, 4th place finisher Mo Cuishle: “She just never got a hold of the track. She was going quick enough, but as soon as I dropped her head, she struggled.”
Hawthorne Race Course races five days a week, Thursday through Monday through April 29. Located at Cicero or Laramie Avenues at 35th Street, gates open daily at 7 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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