Hawthorne Racecourse (12/5/09)
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SWEET LEMON CHELLO DOMINATES
Slapshot Racing LLC’s Sweet Lemon Chello dominated the field in the 27th running of the Pat Whitworth on Saturday. Under the patient handling of rider Tim Thornton, Sweet Lemon Chello, by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Miss Kathy B, drew off to an eight and a half length victory.
“They told me that she was a nice filly,” said Thornton after the race. “This was the first time that I rode her but everything turned out great. They told me to just let her break, try to set right off the lead, and let her finish. She was trying two turns for the first time but they said that it shouldn’t be a problem.
“Early on speed was winning all the early races. But, they came from out of it in the last couple. So, I didn’t really consider there to be a speed bias. I just let her run her race. It set up great and she came home a winner.”
Passionate Style broke on top and led to the half under honest fractions of :24.32 and :48.26 but Sweet Lemon Chello wrested the lead soon after. She had a head lead at six furlongs, three and a half lengths in the stretch.
Carlos Silva finished second aboard Heavenly Lass: "Coming out of the gate she stumbled, almost went down. She was a little too far behind early, but she ran a good race. She's little, but has stamina."
Ariel Smith rode beaten favorite Cupid’s Best: “She bounced out of the gate, and ran even throughout. She would have done better with a better break.”
Sweet Lemon Chello paid $9.40, $4.60, and $3.80 as the third choice. Heavenly Lass returned $3.40 and $2.80. Our Girl Magic brought $5.20 to show.
They covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.54 after fractions of :24.32, :48.26, 1:13.54, and 1:40.66.
For the victory, Sweet Lemon Chello earned $60,360, boosting her career earnings to $90,676.
An added note: This was Ariel Smith’s final day of racing at Hawthorne: “I got a lot accomplished here. Made a lot of opportunities. It was a good experience.”
Ariel is off to Gulfstream Park. We wish him luck!