|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (3/3/03)
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Pair of Impressive First Timers Highlights Hawthorne Sunday Card
Gumbo Love gallops
The morning workouts looked good and the bettors backed her up, but nobody knew just how good Gumbo Love could be before her first career start. She proved to be very good for trainer Clayton Pierce. Breaking sharply from the gate, The Jambalaya Jazz filly shot straight to the lead and never looked back. My Deer Marti ranged up to her in the turn, but Gumbo Love easily disposed of that one and galloped off to an 8¾ length victory under jockey Zoe Cadman in 1:12.59.
"I always thought she was a good horse and she raced like I thought she would," stated Pierce. "We raised her from a baby and her half-sister (Tricked Into Love) is in on Monday. It looks like she came out of the race well and we're pointing towards the Violet Stakes on April 12."
Book The Devil Does it Easy
In the sixth race, Book The Devil had a rather exciting start, but after that it looked like the filly had been to the race many times. Trained by Gene Cilio, the Notebook filly stumbled badly from the gate and almost dropped to her head, but jockey Curt Bourque reacted quickly.
"She is a very quick filly out of the gate and I was concerned about the loose track and the stumbling leaving the gate," stated Cilio. "I related this to Curt Bourque and she turned her head as the gate was opened, and Bourque was prepared. He picked her head right up and she never broke stride after that. I knew she would run good and she exceeded my expectations."
Exceeding expectations may have been an understatement. After regaining her footing, Book The Devil ran straight to the lead and galloped easily over the track. She turned for home with a six-length lead and extended to an easy 12¾ length victory under wraps, covering the three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.71.
Book The Devil's start to racing was delayed a bit, but the timing was perfect. "We raced her mother, You Devil," said Cilio. "We thought she would be a good match with Notebook. We liked this filly from day one. I had her at Arlington last summer and didn't feel she was mature enough to continue and race as a two-year-old. We turned her out for the remainder of the year and in November I took her to the Fair Grounds. She was much more focused on training and she filled out to be a nice filly. She impressed me in her breezes and in a training race.
"She came out of the race very well and cleaned up her feed," Cilio continued. "She acted like the race took nothing out of her."
Cilio is pointing her to an allowance race before a possible start in the $100,000 Violet stakes here on April 12.