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Hawthorne Race Course
|Hawthorne Racecourse (6/29/07)
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Kristy Kreme, Kan Wire win Dunkster Series divisions
Stickney, IL – The second leg of the Dunkster Series for trotters was contested at Hawthorne Race Course Friday night, and though it was split in two $10,000 divisions, all the muscle was randomly squeezed into the first division, making it the race of the evening.
First Division, Leg 2
Seven horses went to post for the first division. It featured both divisional winners from leg one, Before He Cheats and Kristy Kreme, and both second place finishers, Rockome Vicky and Barkley and Jake.
Sent off the 3-5 favorite was the Dirk Simpson-trained, and Sam Bowie-owned Before He Cheats, but just when the starter said “go,” Before He Cheats went on a costly break, essentially eliminating the three-year-old gelding from contention before the race began.
That left Susan and Laura Pyle’s Kristy Kreme alone on the front end, and after getting to the quarter in a leisurely 29.3, the daughter of Goop Hanover rated kindly for driver Michael Oosting and coasted the rest of the mile, drawing off late to a decisive 4 ½ victory over Rockome Vicky. The final time was 1:57.2, just 1/5th of a second off the mare’s lifetime best. Trivoli got the best of the rest to round out the trifecta.
“It didn’t look like anyone was real strong on the gate so I just busted out of there,” said Oosting. Last week the Bob McCabe-trained five-year-old sat the pocket trip and handily won a division of the first leg of the Dunkster Series, so winning wire-to-wire showed Oosting a little something special. “She’s real versatile and you can do what you want with her. When they left us alone to the half we just sprinted home. I thought it was a real good prep for the final.”
The winner paid $15.80 as the third choice in the wagering.
Additional Quotes from first division, 2nd leg of Dunkster Series
Jason Dillander (driver of favorite Before He Cheats): “Something bothered him right before the starter said go. He got a little sideways and he wound up jumping on a foot. He had some blood coming from the foot, so I didn’t want to chance anything. I hope we’ll be okay for next week.”
Bob McCabe (trainer of Kristy Kreme): “This is a nice mare, as honest as can be. She’s all trot and just tries her hardest every single week. I’m excited about the finals, I’ve never been in anything like this.”
Sam Widger (driver of Rockome Vicky): “She got a little weaker down by the wire than she was last week, but she’s a good one. She can get the house. I look forward to next week and I think we got a shot.”
Second Division, Leg 2
The second division proved to be a much more competitive heat as Jerry and Helen Logan’s Kan Wire came flying late past the even-money favorite Just a Con Man to win by a head. Trained by Jerry Logan and driven to victory by the white hot Brent Holland, Kan Wire trotted the mile in 1:58.4. It was 2 ¼ lengths back to Bertorico, who hung on for third.
Leaving from the seven post in the eight horse field is usually not an asset, but Holland was able to make the most of the starting position. “I was able to get out of there and get some good position and the breaking horse helped us. I found a little room late in the race and it worked out pretty good,” said Holland.
Holland did leave sharply, settled in the pocket and though shuffled back to fourth at the top of the stretch, Holland maneuvered the son of Valley Victory to the outside to just get the decision.
For Just a Con Man and driver/trainer Dan Shetler, it was a tough loss, but no excuses. “We had a good trip, second over turning for home but we couldn’t quite hold on. We could be better next week…at least I’m hoping.”
Dismissed at 15-1 in the wagering, Kan Wire returned $33.60 for the win.
The Dunkster Series concludes next Friday July 5. The top ten finishers from the first two legs will compete in the $25,000 final.
Hawthorne Race Course presents live harness beginning on June 22 and concluding on August 4. During this time only Mondays will be a dark day for our live program. As always, Hawthorne will be open for simulcasting 7 days a week. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL, 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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