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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/21/12)

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She's All In
She’s All In, with Luis Quinonez aboard, is all alone at the wire in the Sixty Sails. Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
Robert H. Zoellner’s She’s All In closed with a rush and wound up taking Saturday’s Grade III Sixty Sails at Hawthorne Race Course by eight and three-quarter lengths.

Love And Pride was sent right to the front end and opened a five length lead quickly, with the first quarter run in :23.75. Down the backstretch Beloveda, in stalking position from the start, moved a bit closer and made a brief bid on the far turn but flattened out in upper stretch.

By then eventual winner She’s All In was in full gear. At the three-quarter mark she was only a half length behind pacesetting Love and Pride but soon left that rival, and the rest of the field, far behind.

Her trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel loved the way she ran. “We’ve really been wanting to run her a mile and an eighth,” said Von Hemel. “When the opportunity came, we headed up here for the Sixty Sails. Down the lane she just kept getting farther ahead. We thought that the three and the five would probably have a little more pace that we did. I didn’t expect them to be as strung out as much as they were, I guess. In the end, Luis rode a great race and kudos to the mare. We’ll have some fun and enjoy this win and see what happens from here.”

Luis Quinonez, the rider of She's All In was also happy with the way his mare ran. "She ran a nice race, she got over the track very nice, she responded well. A mile and an eighth is better for her, she's proved it.

"I'm happy to be a part of this race. I've ridden here before.” Did the long stretch affect his strategy? “Not really, I just wanted to move a little early. It's like the trainer says, he'd rather move a little early than too late. I got the horse in the race early and she responded well."

Helen Pitts, the trainer second-place finisher Distorted Love was also elated with her mare, “I was tickled to death with her. She ran great. That was probably one of the best races that she ever ran.”

Rosemary Homeister Jr, rider of Distorted Love: “Helen gave me great instructions. Basically this filly is straightforward. She just wanted her to break. She told me to just let her run her race. If she wants to run a little earlier, let her do it. Don’t take ahold of her. Basically she had a good start out of there. I was watching the seven horse. I thought she was the one to beat. I stalked, and stalked, and stalked her all the way around there. I kept to the inside because I was thinking that the runners in front couldn’t keep up that pace. I was right. They started stopping. I felt like I had perfect position the whole race and I had a ton of horse at the end.”

The 6-5 favorite, Arena Elvira, came in third, about 11 lengths behind the winner and never really reached contention. Her rider, Jose Lezcano had no explanations for her lackluster performance: "My filly was running well, she ran evenly but never picked it up."

They went the mile and an eighth in 1:51.79 after fractions of :23.75, :48.04, 1:14.14, and 1:39.37.

She’s All In paid $12.80, $5.60, and $3.20. Distorted Love returned $22.40 and $7.00. Arena Elvira paid $2.10 to show.

She’s All In earned $120,000 for the victory. Her career earnings now stand at $590,622.

Hawthorne Race Course races Wednesday and Friday through Sunday through April 29. First post daily for the spring 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

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