HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (4/24/04)
Contact: Jim Miller
Allspice Upsets Bare Necessities in Sixty Sails
STICKNEY, IL -- Coming into the Grade 3, $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne, Bare Necessities looked to be in a perfect spot to get back on track. She was coming off a pair of solid efforts in Grade 1 company in California and has been working well leading into this race. She was there at the end, but didn't have enough as longshot Allspice pulled out the upset.
Breaking sharply in the Sixty Sails was longest price on the board Mavoreen as she set early fractions of :24.32 and :49.00 to the half. Only a length back was jockey Chris Emigh and Allspice while Bare Necessities and jockey Rene Douglas waited on the inside two lengths back in fourth.
Heading into the far turn, Mavoreen was still out front, passing the three-quarters in 1:13.57. Allspice ranged up to her on the outside along with second-choice Julie's Prize while Bare Necessities began to look for racing room behind the threesome. Mid-stretch, Allspice had taken over while Mavoreen fought gamely on the inside with Julie's Prize dropping back. Bare Necessities had angled outside of the duo on the lead and began picking up ground quickly.
At the wire though, it was Allspice a head in front of Bare Necessities while Mavoreen held well for third. Allspice stopped the clock for the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.66.
The win was the third for Allspice from eleven career starts for owner James Tafel and trainer Greg Geier. The $150,000 winners share for the race pushed Allspice's earnings to $188,902 for her career.
Sent off at 21-1, Allspice returned $44.80, $7.20 and $2.40. 1-5 favorite Bare Necessities came back $2.60 and $2.10 while Mavoreen returned $2.80 to show.
Greg Geier trainer of 1st place finisher Allspice was happy but not all that surprised: "After the black letter work we had the other day (5 fur. In 59.0) we thought we had a good chance," he said. "It's the best she's worked in a long time. We thought we would take a chance.
"We knew there wouldn't be many horses coming in to run," Geier explained. "I told Chris to stay close to the pace. I figured we'd be second or third we just had to see what happened at the break and everything worked out right. That was my first Graded Stakes Victory. We are heading to Arlington after this and we'll go from there. Chris (Emigh) gets the most run out of her."
Chris Emigh rider of first place finisher Allspice was breathless but elated after the race. "Things worked out perfect," Emigh explained. "I got a good start out of the gate and it felt like we were just walking. We were going as slow as we could go. We never had any real pressure. I was a little worried when I couldn't get past Jesse's horse (3rd-place finisher Mavoreen) but at the 1/8 pole I just started inching away. I started screaming, yelling and riding as hard as I could I was using the reins, the whip, goggles, anything I could throw at her.
"I appreciate the owner, trainer and the crew for keeping me on this filly," he continued. "You never know what is going to happen. On paper it didn't look like you could beat the other horse but you never know. It's horse racing."
Rene Douglas, rider of second place finisher and beaten 1-5 favorite, Bare Necessities could offer no real reason for the loss. "I have no excuse," he said. "Everything went perfectly, just like we had planned. I thought I had them measured perfectly turning for home and she showed a lot of heart at the end. I we getting close at the wire but I couldn't get past her."
Jesse Campbell rider of 3rd place finisher Mavoreen, was pleased with the effort. "Chris and I backed them up in the first turn. We just sat chilly the rest of the way and from the 3/8 pole home it was just the best horse who won. I never rode this horse before but I can tell you she is real game. She did not give up at all. Chris's horse was the best today."