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|Hawthorne Racecourse (9/29/07)
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Student Council captures 71st Hawthorne Gold Cup
After winning the Grade I Pacific Classic in his last start, Millennium Farms' Student Council was mostly given credit for showing his affinity for Polytrack. On Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course, he proved a dirt surface was well within his capabilities as he captured the 71st running of the Grade II $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup in 2:05 flat in the mile and one quarter race for three year olds and upward.
Reduced to a field of five after a late veterinary scratch of Extreme Supreme, the race figured to be a battle between the Todd Pletcher-trained A.P. Arrow and the Steve Asmussen-conditioned Student Council. But when the gates sprang open, it was obvious from the beginning that only one of them came to play.
Starting from the outside post, Student Council broke a bit awkwardly but established perfect position just off the flank of the early leader, Jonesboro. As Jonesboro and jockey Chris Emigh dawdled on the engine, Student Council and his accomplice, Richard Migliore, continued to stalk from the outside. When they reached the top of the stretch, Migliore felt pressure to his outside from Miami Sunrise while the pace quickened.
In the stretch Migliore asked his mount for everything he had and got by a stubborn Jonesboro to prevail by a widening length and a quarter. A. P. Arrow, who was ridden hard practically every step of the way, found his best stride way too late and settled for third.
“I was just a good passenger. He’s a pushbutton horse, real professional and well prepared. Just a pleasure to ride,” said the winning Migliore. “The fractions were a little soft but he came home in 24:1 and he ran to the wire. I thought his effort was real strong.”
Steve Asmussen, who has had the five-year-old son of Kingmambo for only a short period of time, was equally impressed. “He’s always shown a lot of class. Vladamir (Cerin) did a great job of preparing him for this race and Richie gave him a great ride. It set up in favor for him from the post draw to everything else.”
When asked if the Breeders’ Cup was next on the docket for the now multiple-graded stakes winner, Asmussen was non-committal, but added, “Obviously there’s a team effort on this horse and that’s what we’re looking for. This horse is a pleasure to be around and has been very good to a lot of people.”
Sent off as the clear second choice in the wagering, Student Council returned $5.20 $2.80 and $2.10; Jonesboro, three-quarter lengths clear of A.P. Arrow, paid $4.20 and $2.40 and A. P. Arrow returned $2.10.
The 25th running of the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap
George and Joan Steinbrenners’s Classic Campaign got the last bob to just edge out Crested, in a thrilling rendition of the $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap for three year olds and upward run over the turf course.
Taken off the fast pace contested by Masterpiece and Onthedeanslist, Classic Campaign moved wide from fifth position around the far turn while Crested and jockey Raphael Bejarano angled off the rail for running room. In the end Classic Campaign just did get up at the wire to win by the smallest of noses.
“They told me he might pull up when he got to the lead and to wait as long as possible,” explained Migliore. “For a while I thought I might have waited too long, but we got there.”
It was a length and one half back to longshot Gold Hornet who closed well for third.
Classic Campaign paid $8.20 $3.80 and $3.80. Crested returned $4.80 and $3.80 while Gold Hornet paid $9.00 to show.
Indian Maid Handicap
Jennie R. made every post a winning one as she wired the field and set a new track record of 1:40.46 for 1 1/16 miles over the Hawthorne turf course.
Barbette was 4 1/2 lengths back in second, with Glitter Star another half length back in third. "She was trying hard all the way," said Barbette's jockey Eddie Razo Jr. "but the horse who won got away from us."
“I have to give a little credit to E. T. Baird," said jockey T.D. Houghton. "I talked to him yesterday and he told me everything about her.
"E. T. also told me to just sit on her as long as possible and that when you ask her, she’ll have another gear," he continued. "So I waited as long as possible and even when horses came running at me I waited until the eighth pole so I knew that when she did give me the extra kick, it wasn’t going to be too soon."
"I was a little concerned with bringing her back on only two-weeks rest," said winning trainer Michele Boyce. "but I figured that I won the Hawthorne Derby off two weeks rest last year so I thought that I would try it again. I’m looking at options right now. She’s consigned to Keeneland but you never know."
Jennie R. returned $5.60, $3.40 and $2.80. Barbette paid $9.60 and $7.40, with Glitter Star rewarding her backers with a $17.60 show payoff.
Hawthorne Race Course’s Thoroughbred meet begins on Friday, September 21 and will continue through the end of the year. Live racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday, regular first post 1:35pm central time. Hawthorne Race Course is located at 3501 Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804, gates open daily at 7 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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