Hawthorne Racecourse (4/28/12)
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ILLINOIS CHAMPIONS DAY RECAP
SEANS SILVERDANCER TAKES PEACH OF IT HANDICAP
Longshot Catalina Way, the winner of the 2011 version of the Peach Of It Handicap led most of the way but it was another longshot, Slapshot Racing LLC’s Seans Silverdancer, who came away with the victory.
Ridden by Tim Thornton and trained by Lisa Merritt, Seans Silverdancer didn’t go for the lead the way she normally does in route races and that tactic paid off. She was never too far back and raced midpack, but made a great late move to get the victory. It was a length and a half back to pacesetter Catalina Way who bested America’s Blossom by three-quarters of a length.
“She ran great,” said rider Tim Thornton. “It was wonderful. There was some speed outside of me. She tended to get a little rank in the in the past but she relaxed for me today. I was a little surprised the way she ran. She always ran great races for me but this one was something special. When I asked her to run, she really picked it up. When she was still relaxed at the three-eighths pole, I was pretty comfortable. I was lucky to get a good stalking trip all the way around. I’d like to thanks Lisa Merritt, she did a great job at getting this filly ready, and I’d really like to thank the Sullivan’s. They are great for the game.
Lisa Merritt, winning trainer, “We’ve been working with her a lot to try to get her to relax. I told the rider to just get her to break and try to get her to relax. She did. It was perfect. She had the perfect stalking trip. She has so much ability and I think it’s starting to come out.”
Seans Silverdancer earned $66,840 for the win. She has now earned $191,853 for her career.
The covered the mile and a sixteenth on dirt in 1:45.89 after fractions of :24.45, :48.62, 1:13.52 and 1:39.23 on a track rated fast.
Seans Silverdancer paid $17.20, $8.80 and $3.60. Catalina Way returned $27.60 and $10.20. America’s Blossom returned $2.80 to show.
$104.00 PAYOFF IN PRETTY JENNY STAKES
Lamont H Nienast LLC’s Dolly Peach, who had only a maiden win to her credit, lit up the toteboard in the Pretty Jenny Stakes. Dolly Peach was ridden by Rosemary Homeister Jr. and trained by Percy Scherbenske
Point Count, making her first start of the year and her first against winners, drew off to a clear lead quickly and did hold on for second, despite bearing out on the turn. Dolly Peach, who had moved into second by the half, got a perfect trip.
Winning trainer Percy Scherbenske, “She ran a big race. The race set up just the way we hoped that it would, where we could lay off the speed and hoped that the speed backed up. That’s just what it did. She’s a nice filly. She tries really hard every time. We’re really proud of her.”
Chris Emigh, rider of beaten favorite Our Domain: "My horse didn't fire, didn't really get in the bit. She didn't try at all."
Dolly Peach paid $104.00, $27.60 and $8.40. Point Count paid $6.00 and $4.00. Cowgirl Justice, coming on strong late, got up for third and paid $5.60.
The went six furlongs on a track rated fast in :22.56, :46.36, :58.77 and 1:12.14.
Dolly Peach won by a length and a half. It was three more lengths back to Cowgirl Justice.
The $67,065 Dolly Peach earned for the victory boosted her career earnings to $102,995.
REPORT CARD GETS A+ IN 55TH RUNNING OF LAND OF LINCOLN STAKES
Richard H. Glander’s Report Card was in full control through in Saturday’s 55th running of the Land of Lincoln Stakes. This 3-year old, making his second start of the year, scored his third straight victory, dating back to December. This was his first venture into the stakes ranks.
Ridden by the meet’s leading rider, Francisco Torres and trained by Danny Miller, this talented gelding made every pole a winning one, getting the six furlongs on a fast dirt track in 1:11.22 after fractions of :22.46, :46.32, and :58.48. He “reported” home a four-and-a-quarter length winner.
Winning trainer Danny Miller was confident going into the race. “That was a beautiful race. He did it in great style. He did it pretty easily. We always knew he was something special. He has that attitude. He just thinks he’s better than everybody else. Today he was. This was Mr. Glander’s first stakes victory.”
Francisco Torres, “This horse has shown me a lot of class since the first day I sat on him. To sum it all up, that’s what he is. Illinois-bred class. He did it all within himself. I asked him to run a little bit, there was that big purse on the line, but he didn’t need any urging.”
Report Card paid $4.60, $3.20, and $2.80. The late-running Sweet Luca got up for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Sandia Crest and returned $5.20 and $3.80. Sandia Crest, another making a late move paid $9.80 to show.
Report Card earned $68,865 bringing his career total to $140,725.
THIRD CHANCE POPULAR WINNER IN GOVERNOR’S LADY
Ron Magers and Bob Marcocchio’s Third Chance, trained by Jim DiVito, under confident handling by Francisco Torres, lived up to heavy favoritism and got up for a one and one-half length victory in Saturday’s Governor’s Lady Handicap.
City Rap went right for the lead and set brisk fractions of :22.42, :46.16, and :58.41. Rider Francisco Torres was content to let her go.
“I’ve been working with this filly for the last couple of weeks,” said Torres. “She showed me in the morning that she could settle. Since she hadn’t been racing for a while, I wasn’t going to intentionally push any buttons early. I kind of let the race develop in front of me. The way it developed, she had enough to kick in down the lane and she prevailed. Her connections have done a tremendous job with her.”
Missjeanlouise made a late move and just managed to pass Cityrap, finishing a neck ahead of that rival. Cityrap did hang on to finish third.
Third Chance paid $4.20, $2.80 and $3.00. Missjeanlouise paid $5.20 and $3.80. Cityrap, for her third-place finish, returned $4.00.
Third Chance boosted her earnings to $337,727 with the $69,270 she earned for the victory.
RIVER BEAR DOES IT AGAIN IN ROBERT S. MOLARO HANDICAP
Dana Waier Thoroughbreds LLC’s River Bear, trained by Leroy Hellman, won this race in 2010. Last year, he lost this race by a nose. But, he found himself right back in the winner’s circle, giving him his second straight victory at the meet. With regular rider Danush Sukie back in the irons, River Bear made his patented late move and rolled by, winning by two and three-quarter lengths.
Signsealndeliver, making a late move of his own, got up for second, two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Static Kill.
Capt. Bullet Bob led to the upper stretch but ran out of grass in the final sixteenth.
River Bear is apparently somewhat of a character. According to clocker Barb Poprawski, River Bear does a dance reminiscent of wondermare Zenyatta right before he starts his morning workout.
“He’s a nice horse,” said Sukie “He’s an easy horse to ride. He knows when to move. He does it all himself.”
River Bear paid $9.00, $4.80 and $4.00. Signsealndeliver returned $5.20 and $3.80. Static Kill brought back $12.40 to show.
They got the six furlongs on a fast dirt track in 1:10.16 after fractions of :22.00, (2nd fraction unavailable), and :58.57.
The $84,585 River Bear earned for the victory gave him $714,980 for his career.
MILWAUKEE AVENUE HANDICAP TO P D Q KIDDO
Brueggemann and Torres do it again: It’s amazing that any runner that races for the top barn and that gets Francisco Torres in the irons, especially after the last couple of days, could go off at a price but Midwest Thoroughbred’s P D Q Kiddo did just that in Saturday’s final stakes race on Illinois Champions Day.
With a ground-saving trip, “Cisco” had P D Q Kiddo in perfect striking position along the rail. He was second all the way around the turn and into the stretch, got to the front end by midstretch and finally drew off to a two and a quarter length victory.
It turned out that was winner number 200 on the year for Midwest Thoroughbreds.
Torres was understandably happy with his day (he won three stakes). “My hat is off to Richard and Karen Papiese (Midwest Thoroughbreds). As you well know and everybody knows, they have horses all across the country. I’m just tickled pink for Roger (Brueggemann) and Richard and Karen. They put so much into this business. We need people like that. Again, I can’t express just how grateful I am that they gave me this opportunity. Richard kind of filled me in. He said that when he got this horse he was expecting a big race from him. I’m glad it came today. Roger has done a great job with him.”
Pacesetter Hope for Today held on for second, two and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Big Looie got up for third, a nose behind Hope for Today.
P D Q Kiddo paid $19.80, $7.80, and $4.40. Hope for Today paid $7.00 and $5.00. Big Looie paid $3.60 to show.
The race, a mile and a sixteenth on the fast dirt track, was clocked in 1:44.54 after fractions of :23.85, :47.57, 1:12.86 and 1:37.86.
Channing Hill, the rider of beaten favorite Color Me Blue, thought he had the race won at the top of the stretch. "It set up the way I imagined it,” said Hill. “It was a good trip into the first turn, maybe a little wide. Halfway through the turn I got in a good spot. But he wouldn't switch leads, going down the backside I tried to get him to switch but he stayed on the same lead.
"Going into the turn I thought I had a ton of horse. If I could have bet at the quarter pole, I wouldn't have any money left. He just moved out so easy and so nice. But he still wouldn't switch leads. He just got a little tired from staying on the one lead the entire race."
P D Q Kiddo earned $70,260 for the win. He has now amassed $261,675 in earnings.
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