|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (11/17/02)
Contact: Jim Miller
MY GIRL LISA WINS CRAFTY DRONE
At 9-5 she wasn't exactly a surprise but, in this country at least, it's always a bit of a shock when the girls beat the boys.
My Girl Lisa, however, did it with style. Jockey Chris Emigh had her perfectly positioned from the start. Breaking from the inside post, they were never less than two lengths back. You could see that she was full of run as she was tracking pacesetter World Champion but you had to worry that she would get boxed in along the rail. This was something that also occurred to Emigh.
"I was just hoping I would get somewhere to run. She had some early speed and I took ahold of her. I was just waiting for the opportunity to get her in the clear. When I managed to get her outside, man, she just exploded. She's really good right now. She's strong and she loves the turf.
"I could see that when they put her on the turf she got really good. I used to ride her on the dirt and she wasn't the same kind of horse. I just kept hoping that I would get the chance to ride her again."
"The trainer told me that he was ready," said jockey Carlos Montalvo, rider of second place Only You, the 32-1 outsider. "He never raced on the turf like this before. Maybe he's getting used to it. He should be even better next time. But, he won't be 30-1."
Randy Meier, aboard third-place Man O' Rhythm had this to say, "He didn't break all that well. He made up a lot of ground late but he might be better going longer."
My Girl Lisa was drawing off in the stretch and won by a length. A photo had to separate the next four runners. Only You held for second, only a neck in front of Man o' Rhythm. It was another neck back to Distinctive Mr. B and another head back to Purplest.
The race was run in :56.1, only one tick off the track record for the distance.
My Girl Lisa paid $5.80, $3.80, and $3.00. Only You returned $21.60 and $11.80. Man o' Rhythm paid $5.00 to show. The 1-6 Exacta paid $152.00. The 1-6-7 Trifecta brought back $663.20. The 1-6-7-2 Superfecta returned $4458.80.
ROBERTSON SCORES WITH FOUR
Trainer Hugh Robertson had a terrific Saturday. Robertson-trained runners came home in front four times from five starters.
Things started in the second. Tyler's Jewel won paying $9.40. His filly My Girl Lisa won the Crafty Drone Stakes paying $5.80. Fearless Floyd took the next race easily, paying $$6.40. Bet On Joe finished things off in the ninth, paying $4.60. Jockey Chris Emigh was aboard for the first three winners, E.T. Baird won the last.
DOYLE A JOURNEYMAN
Jockey Michael Doyle is an apprentice no more. With his victory in the third race he lost his entire weight allowance since he had been riding for over a year, and since he achieved his allotted number of victories.