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|Hawthorne Racecourse (10/10/07)
Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542
Top Sophomores Clash in 43rd Hawthorne Derby
In the Hawthorne Derby of 2004, Klaravich Stables’ Bankruptcy Court cut the corner around the far turn under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, opened a seemingly safe lead at the top of the stretch, only to be caught in the last few jumps by the late closing Cool Conductor.
Well, Klaravich Stables is back again, this time with Summer Doldrums, and the connections, including trainer Rick Violette who trained Bankruptcy Court, are looking for a reversal in fortune.
“It was a tough beat last time. I thought we were home free,” said Violette, speaking of Bankuptcy Court. “It’s a pretty long stretch and we simply got caught by a nice horse.”
This time Violette brings a confirmed closer to the 43rd running of the Grade III $250,000 1 1/8 mile turf race for three year olds. The son of Street Cry has shown a good late run in all four of his turf starts which include a win in the Grade III Colonial Turf Cup, and a couple of close fourth place finishes to division leaders Nobiz Like Show Biz and Red Giant respectively.
“I thought he (Summer Doldrums) was too far back in the Virginia Derby (GII) and then he was shuffled at Delaware (Kent Breeders’ Cup, GIII) right at crunch time. No excuses, but when you run against the best, you usually need the right trip,” said Violette.
“I think we’re sitting on a very good race, but a clear trip from the 3/8ths pole to the wire would certainly help.”
Summer Doldrums will have his work cut out for him as he drew post ten in an 11-horse field. Chris Emigh will pilot the 9-2 morning line second choice and will carry top weight of 122 pounds, based on conditions.
Finishing ahead of Summer Doldrums in the Kent Breeders’ Cup was the now 4-1 tepid morning line favorite, Twilight Meteor. Trained by the omnipresent Todd Pletcher, Twilight Meteor closed with a rush to just miss catching Nobiz Like Show Biz in the Kent, losing by a nose and defeating “Doldrums” by more than two lengths. The son of Smart Strike will be looking for his third lifetime turf win, but his first graded stakes win, in the Hawthorne Derby.
Jockey Chris DeCarlo will climb aboard Twilight Meteor, who will break from the nine post and carry 118 pounds.
While the in-coming shippers appear to hold the upper hand, there are some local entrants who will fire their best shot.
Trainer Moises Yanez will saddle Voy Por Uno Mas, a recent winner of an overnight grass stake at Arlington Park. Though Voy Por Uno Mas, which means “going for one more,” has only been off the board once in five career turf starts, Yanez knows he might be biting off a bit more than his steed can chew.
“The race came up tougher than I thought it might,” Yanez explained, “but he’s training well, and being that my horse is a little on the nervous side, I thought staying here and racing was probably best.”
In 25 years of training locally, this will be Yanez’s first Hawthorne Derby starter. Jesus Castanon will ride the gelding and the pair will break from post six.
The complete field in post position order for the Hawthorne Derby (jockeys and morning line odds in parenthesis):
1. Ghazi Up (D. Sanchez, 15-1)
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 1:35 pm 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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