HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (12/20/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Sir Fidgity Posts Game Win in Edgar at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL -- A fine field of eleven Illinois runners lined up for the running of the $118,575 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity on Saturday and it was a very game favorite who emerged on top in the end. Never far back, but having to battle the entire way, John Wallace & Ron Armstrong's Sir Fidgity grabbed a game nose victory over Persuaggle for trainer Anthony Mitchell and jockey Larry Sterling Jr.
Setting the early fractions in the Edgar were Jaguar Friend and Jake's Fever as the two carved out the quarter in :24 and the half in :48. Sir Fidgity sat right behind those two while Persuaggle was only a few lengths further back, but was caught extremely wide in the first turn.
As the field headed into the far turn, Sir Fidgity joined the leading duo as they went three quarters in 1:12 3/5. Turning for home, Sir Fidgity had taken over the lead, but Persuaggle came to him with a huge rush and grabbed the lead by a half-length. Digging down, Sir Fidgity battled back and got up by a nose at the wire, stopping the clock for the mile and a sixteenth at 1:47.05.
The win was the third in five starts for Sir Fidgity, all with Sterling aboard. The $71,145 winner's share in the Edgar boosted Sir Fidgity's earnings to $121,785 for his career.
Sir Fidgity returned $6.20, $4.00 and $2.40. Persuaggle came back $9.00 and $4.80 while Iron Rogue closed to finish third, paying $3.20 to show.
Posting the perfect ride in the Edgar was jockey Larry Sterling Jr. and he was very pleased with Sir Fidgity's effort. "We were a little closer than I wanted to be but that's the way the track was playing today. When that horse came to me in the stretch (Persuaggle), he looked like he was going by me. My horse tends to goof around when he gets the lead, but when I was passed he really fought back. That was the horse I was afraid of, Persuaggle, but mine ran an excellent race."
Jockey Eddie Perez was very happy with Persuaggle's race, "My horse ran an excellent race. We got caught out there in the first turn and it probably cost us, but there was nowhere else to go. Mr. Weissman said that he would run good and he did. He made a big move in the second turn and looked to be a winner, but the one on the inside of us (winner, Sir Fidgity) was just too good. Losing that ground early was the difference."