HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse release (9/18/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Perfect Drift, Tenpins, Volponi Head Hawthorne Gold Cup Nominations
STICKNEY, IL -- Perfect Drift, the recent winner of the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park a week ago, Tenpins, winner of the Grade 3 Phillip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Hanidcap at Monmouth, and last year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi, head the list of nominees for the Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne Race Course.
With the 2003 running of the Gold Cup, the purse has been boosted from $500,000 to $750,000, making the Gold Cup the richest race on the dirt in Illinois.
The 1¼ mile, Grade 2 Handicap for horses three-years-old and upward will be run on opening day, September 28, returning the race to its prime position as a top Breeders' Cup prep.
The history of the Gold Cup has brought many of the top performers to Hawthorne in the past as the likes of Sun Beau, Kelso, Black Tie Affair, Dr. Fager, and Cryptoclearance have posted victories in this event. More recently, Buck's Boy and Awesome Again have been Gold Cup winners that have gone on to win Breeders' Cup races.
The Gold Cup closed with 18 nominations. Along with Perfect Drift, Tenpins and Volponi, Graded Stakes winners Evening Attire, Puzzlement, and Sky Mesa are also nominated for the Grade 2 event. Weights for the Gold Cup will be released on Saturday September 20 with entries for the race taken on Friday September 26.
Below is the complete list of nominees for the Hawthorne Gold Cup:
Hawthorne Gold Cup
ONE MILE AND ONE QUARTER
|Aeneas||Patricia Pavlish||Martin D. Wolfson|
|Balto Star||Anstu Stable||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Be Like Mike||G-3 2000 Stable||Niall M. O'Callaghan|
|Changeintheweather||Pin Oak Stable||H. Graham Motion|
|Even The Score||Thomas Vanderhyde||Dallas Stewart|
|Evening Attire||Mary & Joseph Grant & Thomas Kelly||Patrick J. Kelly|
|Fleetstreet Dancer||Lee & Ty Leatherman||Doug O'Neil|
|Jersey Giant||Joel Kligman||James T. Ryerson|
|No Comprende||Debby & Dennis Brown||J.J. Smith|
|Perfect Drift||Stonecrest Farm||M.W. Johnson|
|Puzzlement||Joseph V. Shields, Jr.||H. Allen Jerkins|
|Rock Slide||W. Farish, G. Elkins & T. Webber||Neil J. Howard|
|San Pedro||Richard F. Rudolph||Joseph E. Broussard|
|Scooter Roach||Paul Cumberland||Michele Boyce|
|Sky Mesa||John C. Oxley||John T. Ward, Jr.|
|Tenpins||Joeseph V. Vitello||Donald R. Winfree|
|Toccet||Daniel Borislow||John F. Scanlan|
|Volponi||Amherst Stable & Spruce Pond Stable||Philip G. Johnson|
|Closed Wednesday, September 17, 2003 With 18 Nominations