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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (11/3/07)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

Favorites Thrashed on Phil Georgeff Day at Hawthorne

Wagering expectations were not met by the majority of horseplayers at Hawthorne on Saturday, November 3.

Six Illinois Bred Stake races were run and all six favorites disappointed, as longshots ruled the day in the 7th annual Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing.

Win prices ranged from $13.80 to $90.40 and kept the chalk players scratching their collective heads all day, as seemingly the end of the stakes day was the only way the onslaught would cease.

Showtime Deb Stakes

Mellon Patch Inc.’s Carts Italian Rose began the parade of underdog winners when the two-year-old filly gamely fought back to edge My Facts in the $110,125 Showtime Deb Stakes. Always prominent, the daughter of Cartwright pressed the early pace set by Carbella, took over in the lane and just held on at odds of nearly 8-1.

Jockey Israel Ocampo was aboard for the Gary Delong trained filly and he was impressed with her determination.

“I didn’t want to be in second early, I wanted to be in front, but she’s a good filly with a good heart and when she gets the lead she never quits,” said Ocampo.

Carts Italian Rose covered the six furlongs in 1:12.32 on a fast main track.

Carbella bravely held the third spot as the 8-5 favorite.

Carts Italian Rose paid $17.80 $9.00 and $4.20. My Facts returned $9.80 and $4.60 and Carbella paid $2.60.

Lightening Jet Handicap

Mighty Rule survived a bump at the start to overtake heavy favorite Shrewd Operator in the stretch, and drew off to a 1 3/4 length decision in the Lightning Jet Handicap. Shrewd Operator held on for second, with the other Christine Janks entry, High Expectations, (uncoupled) closing for third.

“He was very comfortable," said winning jockey James Graham. "Christine (Janks) warned me that he breaks pretty sharp. He relaxed where he was and he picked them up when I called on him. He starts to look around a bit when he gets alone on the lead."

"James (Graham) did a great job, just sitting back and saving enough for the end. Just enough as it turned out," said Janks. "He’s just a great horse. When he works out in the morning he hardly ever gets out of a trot. When the jocks get on him to work him, they think that he would have a hard time winning for $5,000 and then I show them the Form and they can’t believe that it’s the same horse."

Mighty Rule, owned by Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and David Campbell, covered six furlongs in 1:09.58 and returned $14.40, $4.60 and $2.80. Shrewd Operator paid $2.80 and $2.20, with High Expections at $2.40.

Illini Princess Handicap

Israel Ocampo scored his second stakes win of the day with Lampoon in the Illini Princess. Favored Boudoir loomed in the stretch but drifted out and had to settle for third, while Stop a Train, unable to withstand the winner’s rally clearly held second, four lengths behind the runaway Lampoon.

Lampoon broke well but settled behind Tuffted who set the early fractions. As Tufted tired at the top of the stretch things got a little dicey for the eventual winner as Ocampo explained. "When we were turning for home, I really thought I got her stuck," said a relieved Ocampo. "But, we got through and she just kept going."

The four-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor ran the mile and one sixteenths in 1:45.83 and is owned by Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds. Brian Williamson is the trainer.

Lampoon paid $17.20, $8.80, and $5.80. Stop A Train returned $5.60 and $4.00. Boudoir paid $3.60 to show.

Buck’s Boy Handicap

Trainer Dale Bennett cross-entered He’s Hammered in the six furlong Lightening Jet Handicap, a race that on paper seemed to suit the seven year old gelding much better, but the crafty conditioner opted for the one mile and one sixteenths Buck’s Boy Handicap, and as they say, the rest is history.

Gunned to the lead by jockey Eddie Perez, He’s Hammered raced an opening quarter in a sensible 24.27 and from there was never threatened, decisively winning the $88,725 Buck’s Boy by 6 ¾ lengths, stopping the clock in 1:44.77.

“Dale told me to let him go early and I got to the lead pretty easy,” said Perez. “I was comfortable the whole way. I just started getting busy from the eighth pole to the wire, but I knew I had enough horse.”

Stonehouse, wide a good part of the way, was 1 ¼ clear for second, while Win Me Over closed along the inside to round out the trifecta.

He’s Hammered returned $13.80 $7.80 and $4.60. Stonehouse paid $5.40 and $4.20. Win Me Over paid show-backers $3.60.

Additional quote, Buck’s Boy Handicap:

Dale Bennett: “We looked at both the Buck’s Boy and the Lightening Jet. We had planned to go into the sprint all along. At the last moment I thought we would throw him in the route and see what happens. I thought coming out of three sprints that he would have the speed to be close. I told Eddie to try and steal it. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in his chances but things worked out.”

Sun Power Stakes

The barrage of large payoffs reached new dimensions in the $100,300 Sun Power Stakes when John and Lois Auer’s Dakota Rebel paid $90.40 to win as the third longest price on the board, in the Illinois Bred stake for two year old colts and geldings.

It was one length back to fellow longshot River Bear, while Billys Bar Buddy settled for third. The time for the six furlongs was 1:11.43.

Odds-on favorite Chief What broke through the gate and ran off on the backstretch, delaying the start for a few minutes, and was never a factor in the race. Second favorite Rocket Rodd set most of the fractions before dropping back.

"While we were waiting in the gate he just stood there. He didn’t wiggle, he didn’t do anything wrong. He was just waiting," said winning jockey Randy Meier. "He should only get better from here. I knew I had the speed inside of me anytime I wanted him. I was only hoping nobody was coming late. He finished really well for a second timer."

John Wainwright trained the son of the little-known sire Kugelis. "The owner (John and Lois Auer) of this horse owns a couple of shares of Kugelis, the sire. He’s standing in Illinois this year. Dakota Rebel has a full brother named General Darby that has run pretty well,” said Wainright.

Dakota Rebel paid $90.40, $38.00 and $16.00 River Bear returned $32.00 and $14.60. Billys Bar Buddy paid $4.80.

Powerless Handicap

Denoun N Deverb capped off a day of longshots by defeating Modjadji and favored Pretty Jenny in the Powerless Handicap, winning by three-quarters of a length while overlooked at odds of more than 15-1.

Magnetic Miss went for the lead, but was quickly overtaken by Pretty Jenny and Taylor Madison. "We went too fast the first quarter and that weakened her up for the end," explained Pretty Jenny's rider Chris Emigh.

Winning jockey Paul Nolan explained his strategy, "I thought that I would just go out and go around horses and give her a clean trip. Then she just took off. I was confident coming home."

The daughter of Denouncer is owned by Robert Bockel and Dwight Espenschied and trained by Rusty Hellman.The winner paid $33.60, $15.20, and $6.40. Modjadji returned $6.20 and $3.40. Pretty Jenny held the third spot and paid $3.00.

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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