HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (10/12/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Mc Mahon Pulls Off Upset in Crafty Drone
STICKNEY, IL -- Thought of as a dirt-only runner, Cherrywood Racing Stables, Inc. Mc Mahon pulled off the upset at 10-1 in winning the Crafty Drone by 1¼ lengths.
Breaking sharply from the gate, jockey Randy Meier and Mc Mahon went straight to the front, opening up nicely through fractions of :24 2/5, :48 1/5, and 1:11 2/5. Still up a length turning into the stretch, the Michele Boyce trainee opened up by four-lengths on Al's Dearly Bred and Image and cruised under the wire in 1:34 4/5.
The win was the third on the year for Mc Mahon and the eighth of his career, boosting his earnings to $324,810.
Mc Mahon returned $23.80, $8.40 and $7.40. Favored Al's Dearly Bred closed well to finish second returning $3.80 and $3.20 while Ivan Jay Perry came from the back of the pack early to finish third, paying $5.40 to show.
Jockey Randy Meier was impressed with Mc Mahon's effort as this ride topped off a good day for him, "We got to the lead on a lope. I actually thought we would be sitting second to Stormy Impact. I've been working this horse ever since he came back from his layoff this summer.
"We were kind of wondering if he would be tight enough but Michele is great with horses. She's just a good trainer. All of her horses look good," Meier continued. "She's having a great meet. When she gives you a horse you know you have a shot. I won $100,000 on Mc Mahon before so they gave me the shot back."
Meier's ride was just the end to a good day, "I had some other good news today. I heard today that I've been nominated for the George Woolf Award. That's a great honor."(The George Woolf Award is awarded each year to a jockey who has been a credit to his profession. It is voted on by racing writers around the country.)
Trainer Michele Boyce was surprised, but happy with Mc Mahon's performance, "I really don't know how we went off at 10-1. He had only been on the turf one other time, I think it was as a 2-year-old, and he obviously wasn't as accomplished on the turf as some of the others in here. He's also been off since May. He's a neat little horse. Randy (jockey Randy Meier) has always done well on him. They make a great team."