|Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes
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SIR BEAR WORKS TOWARD GOLD CUP
(Taken from Calder Barn Notes)
MIAMI, Fla. (May 13, 2002) -- Barbara Smollin's Calder-based handicap star Sir Bear worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Monday morning over his home track and is due to board a plane this afternoon bound for Chicago for his engagement in Saturday's $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2).
Jockey Eibar Coa will have the mount on the 9-year-old gelding in the 1¼ miles test and first start since finishing third to Calder-based Hal's Hope in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G1) on March 30. That race marked the 65th start of the Florida homebred gelding's career and third money brought his career earnings to $2,499,660. Trainer Ralph Ziadie opted for the Chicago race after considering the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (G2) at Suffolk Downs two weeks later or the $300,000 Lone Star Handicap (G2) on Memorial Day in Texas.
SIBILLE TAKES EARLY DOUBLE
Jockey Ray Sibille won both halves of the early Daily Double on Saturday. Sir Shimmy, in the first, paid $10.80 and Mainly Henry in the second, $9.00. The Daily Double paid $80.80.
JUAREZ WITH ANOTHER PAIR
After Ray Sibille won the first two races, jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. followed with a two-bagger of his own. He took the third with Gallo and Pollo ($18.80) and the fourth with Migration ($6.20).