HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (11/1/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
BEAUTIFUL CRAZY CAPTURES HAWTHORNE OAKS
STICKNEY, IL -- Beautiful Crazy, owned by Frank C. Calabrese and trained by Wayne Catalano, came from far back to win Saturday's $100,000 Hawthorne Oaks Stakes. This daughter of Capote, out of the Forty Niner mare Mahhdooda, went off as the longest shot on the board.
Beautiful Crazy had been having only intermittent success on turf where she contested six of her eight career starts.
Wayne Catalano, the trainer of this talented filly, was understandably happy. "One thing I have got to say. She was training like a good horse on the dirt so I had to take a shot. They thought I was crazy but I told them she was Beautiful Crazy. All along I was happy with the spot where she was sitting in the field. She looked like she was on the bridle all the way. She was wanting to run. I thought we had a great chance turning for home. The kid rode a nice race. I saw a little something in him that I thought we could use. He has done a great job for us."
Justin Vitek, who rode the longshot winner, was also elated. "I want to thank Wayne and Frank for giving me a shot. Really all I did was steer. They had her ready. Everybody started chasing the leader and I knew sooner or later they had to start coming back to me. I didn't want to move too soon. Shot Gun Favorite tried to get through but was bottled up. I got lucky and got to the outside. We had a good trip."
It was a head back to Cloakof Vagueness. She had grabbed the lead late in the stretch and just missed hanging on for the win. Eusebio Razo Jr. was aboard. "She ran a good race. Once she got on the lead she started looking around and switched leads a couple of times. Once she saw the other horse coming she tried to dig in but the horse caught us at the wire."
Another longshot, Casual Attitude, held onto third, three lengths back.
Beautiful Crazy returned $75.40, $26.60, and $14.40. Cloakof Vagueness paid $5.00 and $4.00. Casual Attitude paid $12.20 to show. The $2 Exacta (5-11) paid $374.40. The $2 Trifecta (5-11-1) paid $4,243.80. The $2 Superfecta (5-11-1-ALL) paid $4,822.40.
The covered the one and one sixteenth miles, on the main track, in 1:47.83 after fractions of 24.30; 48.16; 1:14.06; and 1:40.97.