|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (3/18/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Colorful Tour Romps, Wiggins Returns, Sibille Back in Town
Illinois Champion Runs Big
Last year's three-year-old male champion, Colorful Tour continued his winning ways on Sunday at Oaklawn, as he posted a big effort in the Grade 3, $100,000 Razorback.
Sent off as the 9-5 second choice, the Noel Hickey trainee burst to the lead in the 1 1/16 miles event, carving out fractions of :23.47 and :47.18. Under constant pressure the entire way, jockey Luis Quinonez set Colorful Tour down in the lane as he held off four different challengers, en-route to a neck victory.
The win was Colorful Tour's fifth straight and 10th from 16 starts, bumping his career earnings to $452,444.
The 2002 Illinois three-year-old champion started his current streak with wins in the Demetri's Boy and Chicago Six at Hawthorne last fall, before heading to Oaklawn for a win in an optional claiming test on February 1. He has since had his two Grade 3 triumphs, with the Essex Handicap on February 22 and the Razorback on Sunday.
So what's next for Colorful Tour? "We're planning on running for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 5," stated Hickey. "We'll probably put a couple of works into him before that race, but he ran so well there that I wanted to see what he was made of. Quinonez will stay with him, and he said if we had gone around another time, he still wouldn't have been caught."
Wiggins is Back in Town
Speaking of 2002 Illinois Champions, Wiggins is back at the track for trainer Tony Granitz. The Champion two-year-old male only made four starts in 2002. He broke his maiden in his second start at Arlington last summer and followed that start with a second place effort in the Spectacular Bid. He closed out his season defeating stakes company on October 1 at Fairmount. He's been away since then, but is back at the track now.
"He's been in Ocala at Graceful Oaks Farm this winter with trainer Chad Stewart," said Granitz. "He has been training well down there and he returned to Hawthorne late last week. We will probably get a work into him this week and see how it goes. If all goes well, we are hoping to be ready to run on Illinois Day on April 12."
Sibille Back in Chicago
Jockey Ray Sibille made an appearance in the Hawthorne jockey's room last week as he prepares for his return to the saddle. Sibille was injured in a spill at the Fair Grounds in mid-January and has been away since with back and neck injuries. Sibille has been on the mend and hopes to be back riding soon, possibly as early as mid-April.