Hawthorne Racecourse (3/13/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Sealed track at Hawthorne Saturday
Well, it took a while but Mother Nature has caught up with us. The track will be sealed for the nine-race card as there is a little bit of water in it. Right now the track is good but depending on the weather, it may be downgraded to muddy for the races. There are a few scratches in a couple of spots, but for the most part, the day’s card has held together.
Looking back at Friday, the only riding double on the card came out of jockey Ramsey Zimmerman and he is worth keeping an eye on today too as he is aboard a couple of odds-on choices. Zimmerman is currently tied for 7th in the standings and should continue to climb. Also, Uriel Lopez guided home his second longshot winner in as many days as Pi Bella ran away with the seventh race for trainer Roy Houghton. Lopez always rides hard and will guide in many more nice-priced horses.
On the training end, Chris Dorris continues to have a fine meet as he sent out another winner on Friday. In the day’s final event, the Dorris-trained Dreymore stalked the early pace then ran away in the lane under bug boy Francisco Giles. Recent wins have moved Chris to second in the trainer standings behind Frank Kirby.
A nice feature for the day’s third race, as six Illinois Allowance runners line up to go three quarters of a mile. Chris Emigh is in to ride Big Looie in that race along with Kitty City in the fifth. Big Looie comes off a good second place effort at Tampa in his last, but he could be challenged by recent maiden winner Star of Paradise.
Main Track – Good (Check in before races to see if the condition changes)
Scratch #1 – Apache Creek
Race 4 – No Superfecta Wagering
Scratch #1 – Drinknwiththedevil
Scratch #2 – Wynn Afleet
Scratch #7 – Coco Cobana
Scratch #6 – Dakota Ridge
Scratch #13 – Gotcha Cart
Scratch #1a – Edgerrin
Scratch #2 – Pass the Pipe
Scratch #8 – Pharoh
Scratch #12 – Chief What
Race 5 - #6 – Carol Marie – This three-year-old filly looks to be the only pace in this race as she makes her second start out of the meet. She showed a good early turn of foot in that first start out and today she gets a switch in the saddle to Felix, a rider who has had great success with DiVito this meet.
Race 7 - #7 – Holy Fever – An interesting runner who makes his second career start. He was sent off as the choice in his debut despite the outside draw but after hopping at the start and being hung very wide, he was no factor. The winner in that race, Clew Bay, came back to run another very impressive race so use that race as a key leading into this spot.