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Hawthorne Race Course
|Hawthorne Racecourse (11/1/07)
Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542
Center Stage for State Breds in Illinois Festival
Stickney, IL – On a day when the Illinois Thoroughbred gets some undivided attention, the six $100,000 stake races for horses foaled and/or conceived in the Prairie State will offer a variety of challenges for the average handicapper. Here is a closer look at the 2007 edition of the Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing to be held on Saturday, November 3.
4th Race $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes
The Adam Kitchingman owned and trained Carbella will return to the state where she was born and is the 3-1 morning line favorite to make her Hawthorne debut a winning one. In all four of her lifetime starts…in California… the daughter of Cartwright has crossed the wire first, although she was disqualified in her first race for interference. This will be the first time Carbella will race as far as six furlongs, but should be a strong factor throughout. Sarahlinds Sister has won two of her three starts, but more importantly has won over the Hawthorne track. Carts Italian Rose was an impressive maiden winner in her last start while Dodee Gee won her only lifetime start as if she may have a future.
5th Race $100,000 Lightening Jet Handicap
As the 125-lb. highweight, S. D. Brille, LP’s High Expectations will spot the field anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds, as the gelding tries to avenge last year’s defeat as the 6-5 favorite. In 2007 High Expectations has three wins and earnings approaching $150,000. Strategy is simple for this Illinois Bred: trail early and come flying late. Shrewd Operator may be the one to pull off the minor upset. The three year old trained by Chris Block is coming off a third place finish in the Perryville at Keeneland and will race over dirt for the first time. Still, the talented son of Twining could be any sort and we may not have seen his best yet. Fun With Phil was an explosive winner of a maiden race in his last start and Mighty Rule, who along with High Expectations is trained by Christine Janks, are both expected to make their presence felt.
6th Race $100,000 Illini Princess Handicap
The 30th running of the ‘Illini’ is a wide open event with the morning line favorite Ms. Lydonia installed at a tepid 7-2. Ms. Lydonia is coming off a tenth place finish in the Kentucky Cup Distaff, but her prior two starts at Arlington Park point her out as a strong possibility. Defending champion Stop a Train has had only one start in the last two months, but still must be given respect off her previous accomplishments. Boudoir was racing in a $10,000 claimer in late summer but off three straight blowout wins, she must be considered a legitimate threat. Dyna Slam from the powerful Steve Asmussen barn and Tuffted, who when last seen here won the Peach Of It Handicap, may be interesting alternatives.
7th Race $100,000 Buck’s Boy Handicap
Nancy Vanier’s Win Me Over will be highweight in this spot, carrying a manageable 119 pounds as he tries to make it two straight over the Hawthorne oval, as well as the one mile and one sixteenths distance. The Spanky Broussard-trained Stonehouse may be the one to beat, as this three year old son of Chester House looks to rebound from a seventh place finish in the Indiana Derby. Before that effort, Stonehouse had run well, finishing first and second in his two prior starts. Stonehouse also ran a game second at Hawthorne in the Land of Lincoln Stakes in the spring. Big Rushlet, from the Janks’ Stable, also deserves a mention as he tries two turns for the first time, a scenario he might appreciate.
8th Race $100,000 Sun Power
Sam Villardito’s Chief What is perfect in two starts and appears to have a bright future as he steps into stakes company for the first time. Four to one on the morning line, this gelded son of Chief Seattle looks to be coming into the race as sharp as can be, with a steady array of morning works indicating continued good form. Rocket Rodd was impressive in his only start, a lengthy score over Arlington’s Polytrack, but that race was in July and it is unknown how well Rocket Rodd will fare over the conventional dirt surface. Spanning the Globe also won his only race by daylight and may be even stronger second time out.
9th Race $100,000 Powerless Handicap
Pretty Jenny annihilated a similar group in last year's Powerless Handicap and will carry 125 pounds as she tries for the repeat. Pretty Jenny returned to Hawthorne in an overnight stake in her last start and promptly won for fun, indicating a defense of her title is entirely possible. Bluesbdancing has gotten the better of Pretty Jenny in a couple of 2007 stakes, and will try to improve on her five-for-eight lifetime mark at Hawthorne. Trout River Red won the Governor’s Lady Handicap in the spring, though she has been away from the races since July 7. Denoun N Deverb and Magnetic Miss both figure to vie for the lead and either is capable of upsetting the field with their best effort.
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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