Hawthorne Race Course (10/5/13)
Contact: Jim Miller, 708-780-3700
John Walsh, 708-606-5929
Kid Dreams Draws Away in Hawthorne Derby
STICKNEY, IL — The skies opened up, the rain poured down and made for a very soft turf course for the running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Hawthorne Derby.
The field of ten held together for the evening card that brought out a big crowd to the Stickney oval. When the gates opened for the Derby, longshot Mongolian Saturday grabbed the lead and opened up early. Favored Five Iron chased through the opening fractions of :25 4/5, and :52 1/5 for the half. The field bunched in the turn as Five Iron made a bid while Francisco Torres had guided Kid Dreams to the outside. In the stretch, Kid Dreams opened up as Charming Kitten and Five Iron ran on. Under the wire, Kid Dreams was a 7 3/4 length winner over Charming Kitten while Five Iron finished third. The final time over the soft going was 2:01.49.
Kid Dreams was sent off as the 9-2 third choice for trainer Neil Drysdale and returned $11.20, $4.60 and $4.40. Charming Kitten returned $4.00 and $3.40 while Five Iron paid $3.20 to show. The win nearly doubled Kid Dreams' earnings as he brought home $120,000 for owner Robert Evans.
Jockey Francisco Torres had no issue with the soft going for Kid Dreams, "My horse really appreciated the soft course today. Up the backside he had me right where I wanted to be and I was just waiting to push the button on him. That's how much horse I had. The soft going was definitely to our benefit."
Jockey Chris Emigh got a good effort from Five Iron, "My horse was running pretty comfortable I thought but at the quarter pole I could feel him get off the bit. From there I was just trying to carry him home. The horse has a lot of heart, the last quarter he was tired."
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.