Hawthorne Racecourse (4/20/13)
Contact: John Walsh, 708-222-3342
Savannah Short, 859-298-0003
DISPOSABLEPLEASURE TAKES 35TH RUNNING OF GIII SIXTY SAILS HANDICAP
Glencrest Farm LLC's Disposablepleasure, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, charged home with a three and a half length victory in Saturday's $200,000 Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap, a mile and an eighth event on Hawthorne's dirt main track.
Content to stalk the honest pace set by Devious Intent, Castellano had his mount racing a bit wide going around the first turn but he wanted to stay out of trouble.
"We were a little wide around the first turn," said Javier, "but when you have the best horse you don't want to get stuck behind other horses. I didn't think being three wide around the first turn in a small field was a big deal."
Disposablepleasure steadily crept into contention around the turn and by the top of the stretch, she had taken the lead. She eventually drew off to win by three and a half lengths.
Disposablepleasure earned $120,000 for the victory, boosting her lifetime earnings to $515,460.
Corey Lanerie finished second on Brushed by a Star: "I had a great trip, sitting right behind the leaders. I tried to make my move at the top of the lane and get close to the eventual winner, but she was just too good today."
The rider of third-place finisher Little Miss Protocol, Shaun Bridgmohan, thought his filly ran well. "I had a good trip. I sat right off the speed horses. She tried the whole way. We were just third best today.
Javier Castellano had a bit more to say: "I think I had the best horse and the best trip. When she got to the top of the stretch and I asked her she took off. I really liked the way she ran. She galloped out strong.
They ran the mile and an eighth on the dirt track in 1:50.19 after fractions of :23.89; :48.51; 1:13.58 and 1:38.14.
Disposablepleasure paid $4.40, $2.60, and $2.20
Brushed by a Star paid $2.60 and $2.20
Little Ms. Protocol returned $3.20
ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
Hawthorne Race Course has been Chicago's "hometown track" for 122 years and currently offers the only traditional dirt racing for Thoroughbreds in northern Illinois. Hawthorne's spring meet opens February 15 and runs through April. Live racing is hosted Friday through Sunday in February and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March and April. Daily post time is 1:35 pm, and admission costs $4. The historic track is located a half-mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue, and 2 miles south of I-290 on Laramie Avenue at 35th Street. For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com or call Guest Services at 708-780-3733. Fans are welcome at Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne and for up-to-the-minute racing tips become a follower at Twitter.com/ClubHawthorne.