Hawthorne Racecourse (3/26/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Place Pick 9 carryover at Hawthorne
Another beautiful weather day here at Hawthorne as we have full fields, and a growing Place Pick 9 carryover. The main track is fast and we have an excellent, yet challenging card. The Place Pick 9 kicks off with the opener and has a carryover of $8,747. Expect another $7,000 - $10,000 to go into the pool today and it will be very hard to find any singles on this card.
A reminder, we race all weekend long at Hawthorne with live racing on Sunday. We have a nine-race card on Sunday with a first post of 1:35 pm. Also, for those fans of national, and international racing, the doors will be open early at Hawthorne on Saturday for wagering on the Dubai World Cup races from Meydan. First post for those races is 8:20 am tomorrow and the races will span the entire morning, capped by the running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Also, a few Triple Crown preps will be taking place tomorrow afternoon with the running of the Lane’s End from Turfway and the Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds.
Also, we are only a week away from the running of the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. The Grade III $500,000 race has sent its last eight winners to the Kentucky Derby and the list of probable runners for this race looks to be one of the strongest Illinois Derby fields in years, and one of the strongest Triple Crown prep races of this season. American Lion, Backtalk, Game Ball, and Schoolyard Dreams are pointing to this race along with many other top candidates for the 1 1/8 miles event. First post on Illinois Derby Day is 1:35 pm and the race will be run as the seventh on the card with a 4:37 pm post.
Main Track – Fast
Race 1 – Place Pick 9 Carryover - $8,747
Scratch #1 – Palo Duro Canyon
Scratch #4 – Jimmy’s Toy
Scratch #4 – Euromillion
Scratch #1a – Muddy Mercer
Scratch #7 – Concepta
Scratch #11 – Peoria Star
Scratch #12 – Maddy’s OK
Scratch #2 – Spy Hunter
Race 3 - #6 – Western Bandido – This runner gets a rider switch to Inez Karlsson off a near miss while going two turns last time out. There is very little early pace in here which may mean that Western Bandido sits closer to the pace. The price should be decent for the second leg of the early pick 4.
Race 4 - #1 – Whatitsallabout – This is a horse that I liked last time out and after getting bumped at the start and drifting in the turn, he was done. He gets a switch to the strong riding Ferrer in the saddle and tries the two turns once again. He’s another who should be forwardly placed in a race with little pace. We will see if his stamina can carry him around at a price.