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HAWTHORNE NOTES

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/7/02)

Colorful Tour takes Demetri's Boy Stakes

Colorful Tour raced close up inside, slipped through to lead in the stretch and drew off under moderate encouragement to take the Demetri's Boy Stakes.

"He's some horse. He's one of those pushbutton types, said Randy Meier, Colorful Tour's jockey. "We could have taken the lead at any point but Mr. Hickey (trainer Noel Hickey) and I discussed it earlier and decided to let the speed runners fight it out. There was plenty of room to get through, so I never felt like I would get caught in the jackpot. One interesting note, this was the Demetri's Boy Stakes. I won a few stakes aboard Demitri's Boy and I was riding him the day he broke down in both legs."

Happiness rallied to finish second. "My horse ran a great race," said jockey Chris Emigh. "I was watching the battle for the lead up front and it looked like Randy had to keep hitting the brakes. When I made my move, I just followed him through the hole that opened up on the inside and I thought I might be able to catch. I have no complaints though, my horse ran well."

Garesche was up for third. "He ran a good race but the winner was so much better," explained Eusebio Razo. "Everything went fine. We just couldn't keep up."

"It's been a long time coming. It's been a really tough meet," according to winning trainer Noel Hickey. "When I came back to training I had to get to know all the horses again. Then we had upper respiratory infections in the barn. After that it got cold and snowy. We lost plenty of training time. That's why I originally had two entered in this race. I didn't know if Colorful Tour would be ready. He's a nice horse. I have a lot of nice horses in the barn. We have some talented 2-year-olds. Things will get better from here."

Colorful Tour paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. Happiness paid $10.60 and $6.00, with Garesche paying $3.80 to show. The 1-3 exacta paid $31.20.

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