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|Hawthorne Racecourse (4/14/09)
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Santa Teresita tries dirt again in Grade III Sixty Sails
Stickney, IL – California invader Santa Teresita has made quite the living winning multiple races on the west coast, earning $453,430 in the process. Included in her four lifetime wins is a Grade I triumph in the Santa Maria Handicap, and three other victories on either synthetics or turf. When she’s not winning, she’s been sharp in defeat, too; in her last start she was a clear second to Life is Sweet in the Grade I Santa Margarita Handicap. But what about her record on dirt? Good question and one that may be answered on Saturday in the Grade III $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course.
In Santa Teresita’s lone attempt on traditional dirt in the Grade II Delaware Handicap, she was a distant seventh, beaten 26 ¼-lenghts by Hysterical Lady. And while there are no apparent Hysterical Lady-types in this field, and her trip in the Delaware Handicap was far from clean, it would still seem reasonable—for now—to question her abilities over a track void of grass or manufactured products.
Trained by Eric Guillot and ridden by young jockey sensation, Joe Talamo, Santa Teresita has been made the 7-5 morning line favorite, and carries high weight of 122 pounds.
Five others will line up for the 1 1/8-miles test for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, including a few local contenders. They include Apple Martini, a full sister to Illinois Derby runner up Giant Oak, and Kathleens Reel, a recent winner of an overnight stake, who was also third in this race last year.
Swift Temper might be the main danger to the favorite as she is already a graded winner on dirt, by virtue of her upset score in the Grade III Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park. She enters this race fresh off a solid placing in the Grade III Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She is trained by Dale Romans and will be ridden by Chris Emigh.
The Sixty Sails Handicap will go as the 7th race of a ten-race program and will kick off the late Pick Four.
The field in post position order, including jockey, weight and morning line odds:
1. Santa Teresita, Talamo, 122, (7-5); 2. Apple Martini, Perez, 112, (8-1); 3. Swift Temper, Emigh, 116, (4-1); 4. Quick Notice, B. Meier, 109, (6-1); 5. Kathleens Reel, Karlsson, 116, (5-1); 6. Mizzcan’tbewrong, Thornton, 112, (6-1).
The Estate of Thomas Carey has owned and operated Hawthorne Race Course for 100 years, distinguishing it as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. As the oldest sports venue in Illinois, Hawthorne Race Course has been an integral player in the legendary heritage of Chicago sports entertainment. Hawthorne Race Course begins its Spring Thoroughbred meet on Friday, March 6, 2009 and will continue through April 27, 2009. Post time is 1:25 pm central time for all live racing. Dark days will be Tuesday and Wednesdays. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. For more information on Hawthorne Race Course visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com or call 708-780-3700.
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