Hawthorne Racecourse (4/23/11)
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Illinois Champions Day results
CATALINA WAY TAKES 17TH RUNNING OF THE PEACH OF IT HANDICAP
Mast Thoroughbreds LLC’s Catalina Way led virtually every step of the way in Saturday’s six-furlong $100,000 Added Peach Of It Handicap, for Illinois-bred Fillies and Mares. Trained by Robert Gorham and ridden by Eduardo Perez, this 5-year-old mare scored for the third time this year.
Rider Eddie Perez was able to grab a fairly easy, comfortable lead and cruised through fractions of :24.71, :48.51, 1:12.88, 1:36.62, and 1:45.50.
“That was the plan,” said Perez after the race. “We wanted to make the early lead and to slow the fractions down. We knew with the way the track was playing that we would have a pretty good chance.”
Junior Alvarado, rider of beaten favorite Jitterbug Blues, “We had no excuse. I had a good trip but didn’t have enough horse today.”
Jozbin Santana, “The winner got away too much. My horse kept digging in but we couldn’t catch her.”
Catalina Way won by two and a half lengths over longshot America’s Blossom. It was another length and a half back to Pathway.
Catalina Way paid $15.80, $7.80, $5.80. She earned $51,332 for the victory to boost her career earnings to $121,154.
NO LUCK NEEDED FOR “LUCK WITH A KISS” IN $100,000 LAND OF LINCOLN STAKES
Heavy favorite Luck With A Kiss made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s 54th running of the Land of Lincoln Stakes, for 3-year-old Illinois-bred Colts and Geldings.
Sent off at 3-5, Earl J. Trostrud Jr. & Greco Racing Stables’ Luck With a Kiss built a comfortable lead on the backstretch and opened up by as much as four lengths before tiring a bit in the stretch. Still, he notched a half-length victory, his third in four races, for trainer Michael Reavis.
“We knew he wasn’t a 100 percent fit in his first start of the year but knew he needed a race,” said rider Tim Thornton. “But, Mike and the rest of the barn did a great job getting his ready for this one.
“I knew we were going pretty quick early but I didn’t want to choke him down too much. He went on when I asked him to. He was getting a little tired late. I could feel the other horse coming to him. But, he didn’t give up. He kept digging in.
The ran the six-furlong race in :21.77 after fractions of :21.77, :44.54, :56.95, 1:10.27
The $51,332 Luck With a Kiss earned for the victory gives her $120,071 for his career. He paid $3.20, $2.40, and $2.10.
Tapilu, the longest shot on the board, rallied for second, while Dance for Paco, the second longest shot, got up for third.
Junior Alvarado, 2nd on Tapilu: "He's that kind of horse, I would have liked him to be little closer today. He broke good, but then he went a little bit back, I wasn't expecting that. He was running, he was coming real strong. Just couldn't get there in time."
Jozbin Santana, 3rd on Dance for Paco: "My horse was trying really hard. When he goes a distance he'll be better."
MIGHTY RULE RULES 33rd RUNNING OF $100,000 ROBERT S. MOLARO HANDICAP
Mighty Rule and River Bear have become arch-rivals over the last couple of years. They’ve taken turns beating each other. In fact, they were the winners in the last two editions of this race.
On Saturday, it was Mighty Rule’s turn. This Roger Brueggemann trainee, owned by Scarlet Stable got up to beat River Bear by the narrowest of noses, in the very last jump. It was three lengths back to third-place finisher Royal Express.
On a track that seemed to favor early speed, these two old veterans both came from off the pace
They were helped by a blistering pace with fractions of :21.26, :44.27, and :56.75. They covered the six furlongs in 1:10.05.
The 8-year-old Mighty Rule has now earned $565,745 in his career after earning $50,670 for this race.
Junior Alvarado, aboard Mighty Rule: "He broke real good and I pushed a little bit, but then the others were rushing by so I took him back. He settled down for me, he relaxed. I won't lie, I was a little scared at the quarter pole, it was tight and I didn't think I could get out in time, but I did."
Danush Sukie, 2nd on favorite River Bear in a close photo: "I thought we got it. Even the outrider thought we had it."
Brian Joseph Hernandez, 3rd on Royal Express: "Turning for home I thought I had a lot of horse, but from the quarter pole home they got the better of me. Ran great though."
Mighty Rule paid $6.40, $2.80, and $2.60
Cruise is back! It’s been well over a year since she visited the winner’s circle but Cruise, owned by Carson Springs Farm and trained by Christine Janks, scored a strong victory in Saturday’s 35th running of the $100,000 Governor’s Lady Handicap. She finished seventh in this same race last year.
Going off as the slight favorite, Cruise stalked the early pace, never getting more than a length and a half off the lead. When asked, she went right up and grabbed the lead and was drawing away late. She won by a length and three quarters.
This was the third year in a row that the trainer Christine Janks won the Governor’s Lady.
Winning rider Junior Alvarado, “I didn’t do too much. We broke a bit slow but she took the bit right away and dragged me to the top and all the way around.
Tanner Riggs, rider of second-place finisher Wild Hope, “On the backside I showed her the stick one time. On the turn it seemed like she didn’t have enough to go on but once she got clear, she really started running.”
They got the six furlongs in 1:10.31 after quick fractions of :22.32, :45.71, :57.82. Cruise paid $6.20, $4.00, and $3.00.
Cruise earned $51,550 for the victory. She has now amassed $205,585 in career earnings.
THE 29TH RUNNING OF THE PRETTY JENNY STAKES GOES TO OUR LADY IN RED
Last Call Racing Partnership’s Our Lady in Red, who had taken seven starts to break her maiden, made it two in a row with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 added Pretty Jenny Stakes.
Her connections had to have high hopes for her after her strong second-place finish behind the talented Moon Buzz in her last start at the Fair Grounds. She dominated in her first start back in Illinois, beating good maidens easily.
Our Lady in Red, trained by Richard Scherer, collared favored Third Chance, who was a six-length winner in the Showtime Deb here in the fall, quickly. She grabbed the lead early in the stretch and was able to extend her lead a bit late. She finished a length and a quarter ahead of Third Chance. It was another four and a half back to Missjeanlouise.
As the winning rider of the Pretty Jenny, Julio Felix scored the 100th stakes win of his career. “Rich said to just break good. There were a few others in here with speed. Third Chance also broke good and grabbed the lead, and no others seemed to go, so I thought I would take advantage of it.”
“She was full of run. I think she can go all day.
Jermaine Bridgmohan, 3rd on Missjeanlouise: "She ran her race."
Florent Geroux, 2nd on beaten favorite Third Chance: "It was a good race, no one put pressure on me. The winner just busted through at the end."
Richard Scherer, trainer of winner Our Lady in Red: "Mentally, she's just better, the competitive part. She's figured out how to go by horses. You could see things change after she broke her maiden, she's become a real handful at the barn."
”What's next? I don't know about between then, but definitely the June race."
They covered the six furlongs in 1:10.31 after fractions of :22.36, :45.79, and :57.75.
Our Lady in Red paid $13.40, $4.60, and $3.60. The $51,580 she earned for the victory gave her $94,130 for her career.
DENHAM ROLLS AGAIN
The former $5,000 claimer, Denham, owned by Kenneth Hutchens and trained by Tom Dorris, took a huge jump in class from the starter allowance and starter handicap races that he had been dominating, but didn’t seem to mind that he was taking on far tougher company. This talented 5-year-old earned his 14th career victory from only 30 races. He had won his last three, five of his last six.
Despite the jump in class, his loyal fans and the betting public sent him off as the 2.60-1 second choice. He responded with a two and three-quarter victory over pacesetter Hydro Power. Favored Racing Bran got up for third.
Denham always possessed good tactical speed and rider Julio Felix had him perfectly positioned early. They moved to collar the leaders coming out of the far turn, grabbed the lead early in the stretch, and just widened the lead after that.
They went the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.16 after fractions of :24.14, :47.92, 1:12.21, and 1:37.54.
Denham paid $7.20, $5.20, and $3.80.
Julio Felix, 1st on Denham: "He's such a nice horse to ride, he doesn't need to be on the lead. I thought he was going to get a little tired because he only had one race under his belt. He missed a couple weeks of training because of something that happened in the morning.
"He's all heart, he's like me. I fit him good, because he gives me his heart and I give him mine. We win all the time. This was also my 101st stakes win."
Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr., 2nd on Hydro Power: "He ran good, he was the only 3 year old in the race. He gutted it out, did all the dirty work and stuck around for the late part."
Florent Geroux, 4th on Big Looie: "I tried to stay close because of the way the track was playing today. My only excuse is maybe it was a little long for him, but he ran a good race."
Eddie Perez, unplaced on beaten favorite He's Bonafide: "My horse ran good, I don't know why he didn't fire today."
Denham earned $51,245. He has now earned $200,877.
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