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|Hawthorne Racecourse (4/14/08)
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Pair of Grade 3 Stakes Featured at Hawthorne Race Course
Bill Hartack Memorial and Sixty Sails Share Spotlight
Stickney, IL – Two Grade 3 events, the Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap and the Sixty Sails Handicap, will co-headline Hawthorne’s nine-race program on Saturday April 19. Both races will be contested for $200,000 and will run at the distance of one mile and one-eighth.
This will be the first running of the Bill Hartack Memorial, named in honor of the five-time Kentucky Derby winning Jockey, but in reality, this is the 53rd running of the race, known previously as the National Jockey Club Handicap. The race is for three-year-olds and upward and will be run as the fifth race on the card.
Multiple graded-stakes-placed Fairbanks is the 7-5 morning line favorite from the barn of Todd Pletcher. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith gets the riding assignment.
Fairbanks is coming off a subpar effort in the Grade 2 $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap, but his previous performance in the $350,000 Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, resulted in a game second as the 6-5 favorite. Fairbanks will carry top weight of 116 lbs.
His chief competition will probably come from the Josie Carroll trained Good And Lucky. The gelded son of Wild Rush has lifetime earning of nearly $250,000 and exits an impressive win against lesser company in the Gulf Coast Classic at Delta Downs. Good And Lucky will be looking for his first top-three finish in graded company, but seems to be in lifetime form and should race well. James Graham has the mount.
Two converted claimers, Mr. Champ and Mister Triester, will be making their stakes debuts in the Bill Hartack Memorial, while Ryan’s For Real gets away from the undefeated Bustin Stones in his attempt to win for the first time at the one mile and one-eighth distance.
The field of five in post position order, with jockeys and morning line odds:
Reformed claimer Mr. Champ and one-time Illinois Derby runner-up Mister Triester (2006) will also compete for the winner's share of $120,000, while Ryan’s For Real gets away from the undefeated Bustin Stones in his attempt to win for the first time at the one mile and one-eighth distance.
The fillies and mares tackle the same conditions as the boys in The Sixty Sails Handicap, race eight on the card. A field of eight talented ladies is headed by 5-2 morning line favorite Tessa Blue. Conditioned by Frank Brothers, Tessa Blue has won 4 of 12 lifetime, accumulating earnings of $492,800. Her most recent start resulted in a second place finish in the Grade 2 $200,000 Rampart Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Her only drawback may be her ability to get the distance, as she is 0-2 at one mile and one-eighth, although the company she faces today is arguably lesser than her most recent starts. Mike Smith has been aboard Tessa Blue’s last four races and has the call on Saturday. Tessa Blue was assigned highweight of119 lbs.
The likely threat to Tessa Blue comes in the form of Golden Velvet, an impeccably bred daughter of Seeking The Gold. Golden Velvet ran third in the aforementioned Rampart Handicap, but looks to rebound for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey Eibar Coa.
Cryptoquip might be the one to pull off the mild upset. The daughter of distance loving Cryptoclearance has already won at the Sixty Sails distance…something the other starters have failed to do… and will be ridden by 2008 Illinois Derby winning rider E.T. Baird.
The field of eight in post position order, with jockeys and morning line odds:
Unforgotten, James Graham (5-1); Rayona, Victor Lebron (10-1); Golden Velvet, Eibar Coa (3-1); Lost Etiquette, John McKee (6-1); Kathleen’s Reel, Chris Emigh (8-1); Cryptoquip, E.T. Baird (6-1); Tessa Blue, Mike Smith (5-2); and Coolwind, Tim Thornton (10-1).
Hawthorne Race Course’s Spring Thoroughbred meet featuring the Illinois Derby begins on Friday, March 7 and will continue through Monday, April 28. Live racing will be conducted Thursday through Monday, 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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