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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/18/03)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

False Promises Takes Hawthorne Derby

STICKNEY, IL -- In an exciting running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Hawthorne Derby, David Maracich's False Promises emerged from the pack with the victory. Allowed to settle in behind the early pace, jockey C.H. Marquez Jr. and False Promises were unrushed as they saved ground through the first turn and down the backstretch.

Setting the early fractions in the race was Blue Blood Boot through fractions of :22.43, 47.55, and 1:11.82. Turning for home, Blue Blood Boot was still on the lead skimming the rail when he abruptly ducked in and attempted to leap the rail into the infield, going down with jockey Larry Sterling Jr. Blue Blood Boot was uninjured after being caught and Sterling walked from the ambulance with only bumps and bruises.

After the excitement at the top of the stretch it was anyone's race as Megoman moved smartly to the front and opened up by two lengths. Weaving his way through horses, False Promises uncorked a big late rally and got up late in the lane, going onto a length victory.

Trained by Anthony Granitz, False Promises covered the mile and an eighth in 1:48.48, earning $150,000 for his victory. The win was False Promises' third straight, and fourth of his career, boosting his career earnings to $226,340.

False Promises returned $17.00, $7.00 and $5.60. Megoman came back $7.20 and $4.40 while longshot Beau Classic held well for third, returning $28.40 to show.

The connections of False Promises were very happy with their entrant's race. "I'm a little surprised he came this far this fast. A month ago he almost died. He colicked about a month ago, right before that last race at Arlington," trainer Tony Granitz said. "He went to the clinic and was only there one day but it was a severe case of colic. He was down in his stall. But everything passed and it has turned out beautiful.

"He's the best," Granitz continued. "I've been pointing to this race all summer. I had two different people interested in buying him but this was the owner's first horse. I told him when he named the horse to name him something special because this horse was going to make him proud of that name. It was interesting. His mother's name was Stormy Divorce and both of us went through stormy divorces. That's where he came up with the name False Promises."

Granitz explained, "This is pretty much it for the year with him, unless something pops up. We have been planning on putting him away, probably in Ocala or at Graceful Oaks, that's where he was in the wintertime."

Jockey C.H. Marquez Jr. rode False Promises to the win, "That was an awesome effort by this horse. He comes from behind. I wasn't worried. I was a little concerned that I might not get through because I was on the fence and I had nowhere to go but when we turned for home they all spread out and we saw daylight he just took off. We always knew that he was a good horse but he had a little setback. Tony (trainer Anthony Granitz) got him back to his best. He's done a great job with this horse."

Megoman was very tough in his first Graded Stakes event and trainer Charlie Bettis was pleased with his performance, "I am very pleased. He always tries hard. I have no complaints of the way Eddie rode the horse. He might have gotten a little late at the end but they went 1:48."

Jockey Eddie Perez thought he almost had the win, "He has been racing very well. I got a good trip. I didn't move till late. I got the lead and thought I could hold on but he got a little tired. The best horse won today."

Uninjured in the spill, jockey Larry Sterling Jr. was lucky to avoid injury. "He got spooked by something turning for home," Sterling said. "I'm not sure what it was, but he ducked in when I tried to straighten him out. I'm fine."

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