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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/3/09)

Contact: Ron Uchman (708) 780-3700

Abby’s Angel Gets Heavenly Trip

STICKNEY, IL – Even-money favorite Abby’s Angel bobbled a bit at the start but wasted little time getting to an unchallenged lead, and quickly drew away from the field in Saturday’s co-featured Indian Maid Handicap. The Indian Maid, with a purse of $113,100, was originally scheduled for the turf but moved to the main track, rated muddy, after steady rain through much of Friday and early Saturday. For Abby’s Angel, who had never raced on grass, that might have been to her advantage.

Jon Court rode the winner Abby’s Angel: “She had the speed and it was uncontested. I was able to dictate a comfortable pace and I was able to finish with plenty of horse underneath me. In my opinion, it may have been an advantage to us when they took it off the turf. Everything came together. I want to dedicate this race to a good friend, Abner Sorrows Jr., who rode in Chicago for a long time and lost his daughter Abby recently so that’s what I was thinking about today when I was riding this horse Abby’s Angel.”

Tim Thornton, rider of second-place finisher Hungry Tigress, spoke highly of his mount: "The filly ran her race. That was a nice horse we were racing today. We just got outrun."

William Connelly, trainer of Hungry Tigress, was obviously disappointed but philosophical: "She likes the mud. But it was just too tough, slow pace and nobody went out with the leader."

“There was not enough pace for her so I had to lay her closer than she is used to,” according to Jamie Theriot who rode Final Refrain to a third-place finish. “I felt her (Apple Martini) coming on the outside so I was worried but I’m glad we held on to third.”

Abby’s Angel was clear by six and a half lengths when she crossed the finish line. It was another three lengths back to Final Refrain. They covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.22 after fractions of :25.14, :49.71, 1:14.12, and 1:38.61 on a track rated sloppy. For the victory, Abby’s Angel earned $67,181.

Abby’s Angel paid $4,00, $3.00, and $2.40
Hungry Tigress returned $3.00 and $2.20
Final Refrain paid $2.40 to show

Hawthorne will be racing live every Wednesday – Sunday this fall with a first post of 1:20 pm. Racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday with first post of 1:20 pm. On Fridays through November 20, post time will be 2:30 pm with two special twilight cards on the evenings of October 9 and 16 with a first post of 5:30 pm.

For more information on Hawthorne Race Course visit or call 708-780-3700.




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