|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (4/1/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Illinois Derby Hopeful Works, Sitting Down With St. Julien
Ten Most Wanted Works Easy Half
This morning, Illinois Derby and Triple Crown hopeful Ten Most Wanted worked an easy half at Hawthorne. He went :25.2, 38.0, and 49.4 in a breeze, galloping out 1:03.3 for 5/8ths under jockey Larry Sterling Jr. The Wallace Dollase trainee is set to start Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby.
Currently, seven horses are listed as probable and an additional four as possible for the Saturday feature. Probables, including Ten Most Wanted, are Alysweep, Blackinton, Brian Dude, Cherokee Boy, Foufa's Warrior, and Lone Star Sky. The possibles are Badge of Silver, Christmas Away, Fund Of Funds, and LX Commander. The Illinois Derby will be drawn on Wednesday morning.
St. Julien keeps eye on riding with Sister in Mind
Jockey Marlon St. Julien has started heating up in the last week, winning a pair of races on Monday as he climbs up the Hawthorne standings. The 31-year-old veteran is just getting settled in Chicago as a jock while he keeps a close eye on the war overseas. St. Julien covered many topics, including his sister in service in the war against Iraq during a conversation on Monday.
"I see the future. Things are starting to get better for me here. I plan on making this my year-round circuit. This will be my foundation. I'm staying through the summer at Arlington and I'll be back here in the fall. My wife Denise and my two kids Jasmine (4yo) and Blaise (17mo) are back in Louisville. We have a house there but we're trying to sell it so we could buy one around here.
"I did well when I rode this circuit in the past but I left when I was hot. I think a lot of people are waiting to see what I'm going to do. Many prefer to give their business to somebody who will be there for them in the future.
"I'm riding a lot for Christine Janks and starting to pick up some other mounts. I've ridden a couple for Tom Swearingen. Hopefully I'll be getting on some for Hugh Robertson, Chris Block, and Jere R. Smith Sr.
"We're all worried about my sister Thaya. Currently, she's stationed in Kuwait City. She had to legally give up custody of her 2 year-old daughter to go over there. My mother took over custody. They'll have to go through it all again when she comes back so she can regain custody.
"Thaya is a Sergeant in the Army working as a logistic specialist. My parents talked to her on Friday and she's all right. She couldn't tell us about anything that was happening but she was all right. That's the most important thing. We can only sit, watch, and wait and pray for her safe return."