Hawthorne Race Course (10/2/13)
Contact: Jim Miller, 708-780-3700
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Charming Kitten Heads Field of 10 for Hawthorne Derby
STICKNEY, IL -- Multiple Graded-stakes placed runner Charming Kitten drew the outside of a field of 10 for the 49th running of the Grade III $200,000 Hawthorne Derby. The Derby will go as the fifth race on a special Saturday evening card with a 5:00 pm first post and 7:05 pm post for the Hawthorne Derby.
Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Todd Pletcher, Charming Kitten was victorious in the Kitten's Joy stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf in January. He followed up that effort with a second-place finish in the Grade III Palm Beach and a near miss while running third in the Grade I Blue Grass this spring. Those efforts led Charming Kitten to a very respectable ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Charming Kitten returned to the turf, with near misses while finishing second in both the Penn Mile and Grade II Virginia Derby. His most recent effort came in the slop at Saratoga as he ran fourth in the Grade III Hall of Fame. Ridden Saturday by Florent Geroux, Charming Kitten is the 7-2 morning line favorite in the Hawthorne Derby.
A pace threat in the Hawthorne Derby comes from Five Iron. Trained by Brian Lynch, Five Iron has won three consecutive races heading into the Hawthorne Derby, with the most recent victory coming in the Grade III Saranac at Saratoga. David Flores is named aboard Five Iron as the 4-1 second choice in the morning line.
Infinite Magic, Kid Dreams, and Dorsett all come into the Hawthorne Derby following their matchup in the Grade II Del Mar Derby in their last. In that race, the Richard Mettee-trained Infinite Magic finished best of the trio, running second with a late closing move. The Neil Drysdale-trained Kid Dreams ran fourth in that event while Dorsett would finish sixth, beaten only two-and-a-half lengths for the victory. Jockey Channing Hill is reunited with Infinite Magic, who he won the Grade III American Derby aboard as Infinite Magic is the 5-1 third choice. Kid Dreams will be guided by Francisco Torres at 6-1 in the line while Dorsett teams up with Kent Desormeaux and is 8-1 in the morning line.
Also coming out of the American Derby is Moro Tap. Trained by Mike Maker, Moro Tap followed his sixth-place finish in the American Derby with a recent win against older allowance runners at Kentucky Downs in his last. Chris Landeros gets the call aboard Moro Tap at 6-1.
The full field for the Hawthorne Derby:
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Live racing returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 4 and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 2:10 pm. On Fridays through November 29, first post will be 3:10 pm. Saturday, October 5 is a special night racing card with a 5:00 pm first post. Beginning December 4, first post will be 1:20 pm daily. 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.