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Hawthorne Racecourse (9/27/08)

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Fairbanks Too Tough in Hawthorne Gold Cup

Fairbanks
Fairbanks driving to victory in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. Courtesy Four Footed Fotos
Stickney, IL – Team Valor Stables’ Fairbanks rewarded chalk players with a clear-cut two and three-quarter length victory in the 72nd running of the $500,000 Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup. The mile and a quarter race for three-year-olds and up marked jockey Richard Migliore’s second straight ‘Gold Cup’ victory after guiding Student Council one year earlier.

Always prominent, but content to sit third until making his winning move on the far turn, the son of Giant’s Causeway shook free from early pacesetters Barcola and Better Than Bonds and easily held off a late charge from Magna Graduate, to post the popular score.

Migliore, who rode Fairbanks to a front-running victory in his last outing, was sort of forced into a different strategy today.

“I didn’t want to be caught in a position where I was committed to being inside and in a duel,” Migliore said. “Jesse (Campbell, aboard Barcola) did a real good job of easing his horse over and backing it down at the same time. That put me in a bit of a pickle because Better Than Bonds rushed up outside to keep me pinned.

“Once I got my horse back off the bridle it was no trouble, but the first furlong was a little bit dicey.”

Fairbanks, trained by Todd Pletcher, crossed the finish line first for the sixth time in his 18 race career and earned $297,000 to push his lifetime mark to $879,768. The final time of the race was 2:04.47.

Magna Graduate was a neck clear of Wayzata Bay for second.

“The race set up great and I had a lot of horse,” said Emigh, the rider of Magna Graduate. “He kicked in when I asked him, but he wasn’t getting to the winner today. He ran a good race.”

Next stop for Fairbanks could be one of several Breeders’ Cup races, though Irwin said he would talk to Migliore and Pletcher before deciding on a course of action.

Fairbanks paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Magna Graduate returned $3.40 and $2.60 and Wayzata Bay paid $3.00.

The Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap

Wise River
Wise River guts it out on the front end in the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap. Courtesy Four Footed Fotos
Wise River outsprinted the field to the first turn in the $150,000 Grade III Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, and set all the fractions en route to a one-length victory over the battling Galantas and Jungle Fighter, who had their positions reversed by the stewards. The Clark Hanna trained 5 year old completed the mile race over a course labeled firm in 1:35.04.

“This horse is a versatile animal. He’s kind to ride," said winning jockey Francisco Torres. "I let him dictate his race. All I did was nurse him around."

Jungle Fighter was right behind Wise River for most of the race, but never could get to him. "The horse on the lead just never gave it up," explained jockey E.T. Baird. "He ran a fair, honest race."

Coming down the stretch, favored Galantas leaned into Jungle Fighter several times. "I thought I had him straight but the stewards don't seem to think so," said jockey Jeremy Rose, shortly before the stewards did reverse the order of finish between those two.

The Grade III win was a homecoming of sorts for Torres. "I feel awesome to be back here. I appreciate the fans. I appreciate the opportunity. I’ll try to make the best of it and take it one day at a time," he said.

Wise River paid $33.40, $9.60 and $4.60. Jungle Fighter returned $4.80 and $3.20, with Galantas at $2.80.

The Indian Maid Handicap

Ciao
Ciao on the outside runs down the leaders in the Indian Maid Handicap. Courtesy Four Footed Fotos
In the first of four consecutive stakes races, favored Ballymore Lady chased, then battled for the lead with second favorite Drop a Line in the 36th running of the mile and one-sixteenths, $100,000 added Indian Maid Handicap. But at the end it was all local hope Ciao as she swooped by to win by a half length in 1:41.55.

“Frank Kirby told me to stay closer than I did," explained winning rider Inez Karlsson. "But, when I broke out of the gate and came to the first turn I got into a little bit of trouble. Well, I figured that I was better off saving ground and see what happened. I didn’t want to rush her too much. I wanted to keep going. I didn’t want to get in too tight and squeeze through. I took my chance and pushed my way through and got clear. I was second in a $100,000 race one time before but this was my first win at this level."

"I had a lot of horse," said Ballymore Lady's jockey Richard Migliore. "Turning for home I felt like the gray horse was travelling well enough I didn't want to go after her. I followed her inside the furlong pole. Maybe I moved a little early but it's a little hard to know whether this horse (Drop a Line) would keep going and if it was time to go after her or not."

"It set up pretty well like the way I thought it would," explained Drop a Line's jockey Jeremy Rose. "My filly jumps up and down in the lane, I think it may have cost her the race."

For Ciao it was her fifth career win and snapped a six-race losing streak, though many of those losses came in graded stakes.

Frank Kirby trained the four-year-old daughter of Lear Fan for Iron County Farms, Inc. Apprentice Inez Karlsson was aboard for the ride.

Ballymore Lady got the best of Drop a Line to finish second.

Ciao paid $8.60 $4.80 and $3.00. Ballymore Lady returned $4.40 and $2.80. Drop a Line paid $3.00 for the show.

The Regal Rumor Stakes

Palanka City made short work of her seven rivals in the six furlong, $50,000 Regal Rumor Stakes for three-year-old fillies, essentially winning wire-to-wire by a widening four lengths.

Sent off as the odds-on favorite, jockey Chris Emigh aboard the winner took matters into his own hands early, sending the daughter of Carson City to the top. And although she was challenged by La Wildcat, forcing a quick 21.93 opening quarter, she proved too much for her competition and put away Lune Rouge in mid-stretch to seal the victory.

Lune Rouge was a clear second. Longshot Whataclassybroad was along for third.

Trained by Terry Gestes, for his main owner William Stiritz, Palanka City paid $3.60 $2.60 and $2.40. Lune Rouge returned $5.20 and $4.00. Whataclassybroad paid $6.60.

Hawthorne Race Course will begin its Fall/Winter Thoroughbred meet on Friday, September 26, 2008 and continue through January 11, 2009. Post time on Fridays through November 28 will be at 2:35 pm central time. Post time on all other cards will be 1:35 pm central time. Dark days will be Mondays and Tuesdays. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

 

 

 

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