Hawthorne Racecourse (10/20/12)
Contact: Ron Uchman
MIDWEST THOROUGHBREDS INC. SWEEPS ILLINOIS HANDICAPS
POWERFUL POWERLESS VICTORY
The margin of victory in Saturday’s Powerless Handicap for Illinois-bred fillies and mares was only a length and she didn’t get the lead until late in the stretch, but favored Missjeanlouise was in full control late. She raced wide early but moved to the inside nearing the turn and gained ground along the rail before wrestling control late.
Owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds and trained by Roger Brueggemann, she earned $67,680 for the victory. She has now amassed earnings of $217,778 in her career, $201,526 of that coming at Hawthorne. She stopped the timer in 1:10.82 for six furlongs on a track rated fast, scoring her second victory of the year and embellishing a terrific local record. She has now been victorious in six of 10 local races, with three other in-the-money finishes.
“I knew she was a good filly,” said rider Florent Geroux. “I rode her in the spring and finished second with her in the Governor’s Lady. She was very game in this race and really dug in. We were in the outside post but I wasn’t worried about getting hung wide on the turn. If somebody wanted to go, I was just going to let them go, take back and go inside. I knew we would get good position.”
Algonquin Posse, the second choice in the wagering, finished second almost overcoming trouble at the start. According to rider Chris Emigh, “She stumbled out of the gate. I caught up to the ten but then she drew off late.”
Fire Tricks, who had the lead at the top of the stretch, held on for third, four and a quarter lengths back.
Missjeanlouise paid $6.40, $3.60, and $2.80. Algonquin Posse paid $3.80 and $3.00. Fire Tricks returned $3.20 to show.
SIGNSEALNDELIVER DELIVERS IN LIGHTNING JET HANDICAP
For the second straight race, trainer Roger Brueggemann and rider Florent Geroux teamed up to win an Illinois-bred handicap for Midwest Thoroughbreds. This time it was the 12th running of the Lightning Jet Handicap. That was also rider Geroux’s third straight win on the card.
In a trip somewhat similar to that of Missjeanlouise, Geroux had Signsealndeliver rating wide behind the early pace but in the clear. He made up ground early in the lane but when called upon, he moved up to challenge and proceeded to gain control late in the stretch.
“I really liked my post. I like starting on the outside and being able to see the whole field. I always liked this horse but I also know that he doesn’t like racing inside. I was really disappointed this spring when we came in second to River Bear in the Molaro Handicap. River Bear might be the best Illinois sprinter here but this was our day. I know he’s been laid off since May but I’ve worked him a couple of times lately and I knew he was in good form. I was pretty confident going into the race.
Chris Emigh, who finished second for the second straight race behind Geroux on a William Stiritz-owned Scott Becker-trained runner, had this to say. “My horses ran their rears off but I guess it was Roger’s (Brueggemann) day.”
It was a length and three-quarters back to Nagy’s Piggy Bank. Sacred Gift, the other Midwest Thoroughbred-owned runner, finished third.
Signsealndeliver earned $68,880 boosting his lifetime earnings to $281,350 winning for the eighth time in 23 races.
He won the six furlong race, on a fast track, in 1:10.24 after fractions of :22.21, :45.79, and :57.85
Signsealndeliver paid $12.80, $6.00 and $4.60. Nagy’s Piggy Bank returned $6.00 and $4.40. Sacred Gift paid $9.20.
Live racing returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 5 and concludes Sunday, December 30. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post daily is 2:10 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.