Hawthorne Racecourse (3/23/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Springtime at Hawthorne
After the first day of spring brought us snow on Saturday, we are back with something that much more resembles spring today. We have sunny skies and temperatures are expected to be in the 60s for today’s nine-race card with a fast main track.
This card has a pair of solid feature races that run back to back. The fifth race on the card is a $60,000 optional claiming allowance race with a seven-horse field that any horse can win. Big Rushlet comes off a solid win for $50,000 last time out and is the expected favorite in the race. Tammy Domenosky has Moralist, a horse who has risen through the ranks after dropping to the bottom-level claimers. And trainer Hugh Robertson has a pair of tough runners in Sub Futz Jr and Celluloid Hero, both horses who have earned over $300,000 apiece on their careers.
The following race is the filly end of out ITBOF Sales Stakes. These are runners purchased out of the two-year-old in training auction last year and by being purchased there, they are allowed to run in this race. Shakaleena has a pair of wins on her career and has run well against tough bunches at two and three. Pi Bella, Niccet, Rusty Spinner and Sassy Lady Rocket are all coming in off recent maiden allowance scores and any of six runners have a chance of grabbing a win in this $50,000 event.
On Saturday, jockey Inez Karlsson had three wins and trainer Larry Rivelli grabbed a pair of victories. The triple for Karlsson and double for Rivelli moved each into a tie for third in the standings as Karlsson is tied with Eddie Perez with 17 wins, nine behind leading rider Tanner Riggs, and Rivelli is tied with Roger Brueggemann, nine wins behind leading trainer Frank Kirby.
Don’t forget, today we have another online chat during the Hawthorne card with Joe Kristufek and HorseplayerNow. Go to their website shortly after 1 pm and you can join us online for the entire Hawthorne card as we review and recap races while looking ahead to the weekend and the Illinois Derby.
Main Track – Fast
Scratch #2 – Midnight Kuger
Scratch #1a – Celluloid Hero
Race 3 - #7 – Cluny Breeze – This is a race where I expect a lot of money to go to Special Victory, and Cluny Breeze may sneak off with a little value. She has shown improved speed in a pair of route races and showed much improved stamina in her last start, especially with just six days between races. She gets a two-week rest coming into today’s race with a nice half mile work in between and she also gets 5 – 12 lbs. in advantage in the saddle with bug boy Giles aboard.
Race 9 - #8 – Eternal Sunshine – Everything Chris Dorris has sent out has seemed to come ready to run, no matter the price. This one returns after a month off and comes off an easy half mile work into here. There looks to be enough pace to chase and with no standout in this field, the price is definitely worth going after.