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Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3671


The eventual outcome of Sunday's Nicole Stakes wasn't exactly a foregone conclusion, but most of the bettors, and most of the handicappers thought Team Block's Ioya Two was pretty much of a lock in the race. She wasn't.

Turning for home, Ioya Two was seemingly in perfect position. After she moved up to grab the lead, it didn't seem likely that it would be relinquished. However, she was never able to shake off Golden Antigua.

Frank Calabrese's Golden Antigua was content to track the pace in the early going. Turning for home she was still in fifth, but less than three lengths off the pace. E. T Baird let her out a notch and she collared Ioya Two by the top of the stretch.

They raced head in head down the stretch but it was Golden Antigua who was able to surge to the lead.

E.T. Baird, the jockey aboard winner Golden Antigua, loved the way his mare raced. "She ran good. I was able to tuck in on the inside and someone tried to run up behind me, but there wasn't any room for that. After that, I just went with Ioya Two and luckily I had enough left. My filly was game and went right by."

Eusebio Razo, Jr., jockey of beaten favorite and second place Ioya Two, could offer no excuses. "I thought I had the race won turning for home. With this mare it seems like when she's covered, the better gait she has. On the backside I had my choice. We went outside. She was in the clear and that's when she wanted to run up. I can't make any excuses for her. She ran big. The other horse just outran her a little bit.

Wayne Catalano,the trainer of winner Golden Antigua was understandably happy: "She just ran a terrific race. It was great beating a mare like Block's Ioya Two. She has some class."

The final time was 1:41.78 after fractions of 22.84; 47.17; 1:12.34; and 1:35.94.

Golden Antigua, as the third choice in the wagering, paid $12.20, $4.80, and $3.20. Favored Ioya Two paid $2.60 and $2.20. Third place went to Lady Angharad, paying $5.60. the $2 1-3 Exacta brought back $26.00 and the $2 1-3-5 Trifecta paid $167.00.

Opening Day attendance was 3,764.

Handle was $2,016,528; on-track handle was $265,170 (14% of the total).

May 5 of 2001 was $1,644.519. On-track handle for this date in 2001 was $164,680 (10% of total)


Trainer Wayne Catalano and Jockey E. T. Baird combined for two wins on Sunday's card. They took the seventh race, the Nicole Stakes with Golden Antigua ($12.20, $4.80, and $3.20) and the ninth with Cool Dancer ($4.40, $2.60, and $2.20).




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