|Hawthorne Racecourse (12/21/02)
Roy's Trigger wins the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity
Roy's Trigger drew off to take the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity by five and a quarter lengths today at Hawthorne Racecourse. He's Hammered was second, three and a half lengths in front of Fax Dance. Favorite Tyler's Jewel pressed the pace just outside and tired to tenth.
"This was a bit of a surprise to me. Not that he won but the way that he won," explained winning jockey Chris Emigh. "At the 3/8ths pole I looked around and all the other horses looked like they were done and my horse was fresh. I had nothing but horse. It was like he just left the gate.
"I was surprised he took the lead that early. I couldn't believe it," Emigh continued. "I felt like we got to the lead too early. Razo (jockey Eusebio Razo Jr, the prior jockey of Roy's Trigger) told me he loafed a bit when he got to the lead in last but I got after him and he just took off again."
The son of Roy was just off fractions of 23.50, 46.73, 1:12.53, and 1:40.02, stopping the clock in 1:47.17. He's owned and bred by R N R Breeders II and trained by Gene Cilio. It was Roy's Trigger's first race against winners, having broken his maiden in statebred company on November 29 in his fifth race.
"I was surprised when he didn't run well in his first few races. He had trained very well," said Cilio. "As a young horse he impressed me when he was on the farm. I knew then that there was only one thing bothering this horse. I cut him and made him a gelding. The first time he ran he was second, the next time he won. This is the third time since he's been cut (gelded). He's a racehorse now. He's a big, strong horse. He should only get better."
He's Hammered was four wide on the first turn, raced outside near the middle of the field and rallied for the place in the drive. "You've gotta be the best to win," said jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. "He's a nice horse. He ran big against open company the last time. I think if we would have had an inside post we would have done better. The rail has been golden. We could have saved a little ground and not worried about going around horses. I don't know if we would have won but we would have finished a lot closer. He tried hard."
Fax Dance was bumped at the start and rallied in the stretch for third. "He's a bit of a high strung horse and I just wanted him to relax," said jockey Shane Laviolette. "We had good position early on and turning for home I was within a length or 2 of the lead. He ran well and he'll be better next time out."
Roy's Trigger paid $38.00, $12.60 and $7.80. He's Hammered paid $5.20 and $4.20, with Fax Dance paying $22.80 to show. Extra Fit, King Magic, Wild Tiger, Shandy, Unbridled J. J., No Numbers, Tyler's Jewel, and That's the Berries completed the order of finish.