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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse release (9/18/03)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

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 1 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
Grade II
$750,000 GUARANTEED

ONE MILE AND ONE QUARTER
To Be Run Sunday, September 28, 2003

Horse Owner Trainer
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

 

 


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