|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (3/27/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
$100,000 LADY HALLIE LURES CLASSY QUINTET
Distaff Headliner Kicks Off 2003 Stakes Slate
A field of five fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and upward, passed the entry box Wednesday morning at Hawthorne Race Course for the 2003 running of the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap, headline event on an appealing Saturday program.
The 1 1/16 miles Lady Hallie is named in honor of Hallie Hart, the wife of longtime National Jockey Club director and mutuel manager Robert Hart, Jr., and mother of Terry Hart, mutuel manager and director of racing emeritus for the National Jockey Club, and Michael "Packy" Hart, current mutuel director for the new Hawthorne-National alliance.
Cobra Farm's Ifyouprefersilver will carry high weight of 116 pounds in the Lady Hallie, the traditional local springboard to the $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (G-III) to be held at Hawthorne on April 26.
Ifyouprefersilver scored a thumping 9-length victory in the $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Feb. 22 of this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Silver Deputy made the race her fifth win in six starts while increasing her career bankroll to $171,910.
Frank Lovato, Jr., who rode her to victory in the Chou Croute, is coming in for the mount in the Lady Hallie.
Ifyouprefersilver covered the 1 1/16 miles of the Chou Croute in a sprightly 1:45.67. She's trained by Mike Stidham, who characterizes the fleet 4-year-old as "a hard-knocking filly."
James Tafel's Lakenheath, trained by Chicago turf master Gene Cilio, shoulders second high weight of 116 pounds in the Lady Hallie. The 5-year-old homebred daughter of Colonial Affair will have Chris Emigh in the irons.
Lakenheath is remembered by local turf followers for her triumph in last year's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (G-III) at Arlington Park. She was runner-up to Minister's Baby in the $200,000 Gardenia Stakes (G-III) at Ellis Park and runner-up to With Ability in the $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (G-III) at Sportsman's.
Completing the Lady Hallie quintet are Curious Conundrum (115, Eusebio Razo, Jr.), Pass the Pepper (113, E.T. Baird), and Barney's Mistress (112, Carlos Silva).