Hawthorne Racecourse (12/10/11)
Contact: Ron Uchman
REAL POWER DISPLAYS REAL POWER IN JIM EDGAR ILLINOIS FUTURITY
It figured to be a contested pace in the 33rd running of the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity and it was. Although the opening quarter was a seemingly slow :25.03, heavily favored Twelve Hundred had to work hard to get the lead and that might have cost him the race. He did get to the lead before they covered the first quarter and rider Inez Karlsson was able to slow the fractions down but by the sixteenth pole, it was clear that Twelve Hundred wasn’t going to hold onto the lead.
Yankee Dealer, the second choice in the wagering, was the first to make a run at him and it appeared that this winner of his last two was on his way to his first stakes victory. But, it wasn’t to be. Instead, Real Power, one of three Virginia H. Tarra Trust LLC homebreds in the race, all trained by Chris Block, came flying in the stretch and managed to both break his maiden and win his first stakes attempt at the same time, winning by a length but starting to draw off.
Florent Geroux, the winning rider, was also aboard Class Break when she took the Pat Whitworth Debutante last weekend. “Mr. Block gave me very good instructions for the horse. There was a lot of speed in the race and we thought that one of the main things, since he is a 2-year-old, was to save ground, especially on the first turn, and to let him finish. I didn’t really move him at any specific time. When he wanted to go, I went with him.”
Another Block trainee, second-choice Yankee Dealer, also owned by Virginia Tarra Trust LLC, went on to finish second.
Twelve Hundred held on to finish third. Inez Karlsson, the rider of Twelve Hundred, was a little disappointed. "I think I got pretty soft fractions in the beginning and I thought I gave the horse a good shot to win. Unfortunately, today it seems like speed hasn't been holding for some reason. Everything's been closing today. Maybe the last sixteenth was a little much for him, he might like a shorter distance. I'm happy. He tried. I thank Jimmy for the opportunity and hopefully he does better next time."
They got the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.40 after fractions of :25.03, :49.00, 1:14.08, and 1:40.48.
Real Power paid $12.60, $4.60, and $2.80. Yankee Dealer returned $4.20 and $2.80. Twelve Hundred returned $2.60.
Real Power earned $52,875 for his victory, giving him $80,575 for his career.
Hawthorne Race Course opens for live racing on Saturday, October 1 and races live through Saturday December 31. Live racing will be conducted five days a week, racing Wednesday-Sunday. Live racing will also take place on Monday, December 26. First post daily is 1:40 pm. Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.