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SPORTSMAN'S NOTES

Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310
sportsmanspub@aol.com

Thursday, April 11, 2002

NINE ENTERED FOR LADY HALLIE HANDICAP

Should Pretty Gale, who shares co-starting high weight of 114 pounds with Adam's Time, win Sunday's $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap, it would make for a familiar sight in the Sportsman's Park winner's circle with owner Russell L. Reineman, trainer Frank Springer and jockey Larry Sterling, the same team that emerged victorious in last weekend's $500,000 Illinois Derby with War Emblem. In addition, both War Emblem and Pretty Gale are out of the Lord At War mare Sweetest Lady.

A daughter of Mountain Cat, Pretty Gale returns to Chicago after finishing second in the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup at the Fair Grounds in her last start on March 2. Previously, the 4-year-old filly wired a third-level allowance race at the New Orleans oval in January.

Wexler Stable's Adam's Time, who also carries 114 pounds for the Lady Hallie, comes into the race off a solid second-place effort in her seasonal debut in the $100,000 Cicero Handicap here at six furlongs on March 16. Last year, the daughter of Gilded Time finished second in this race and fifth in the Grade III Sixty Sails over this track. She concluded her 5-year-old campaign with a front-stepping score in the $40,000 Due Bill Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course in November. E. T. Baird has a return call aboard the Charlie Vinci-trained mare.

Set to face the co-highweighted duo are: Rick Olson's Lady Tamworth, 113 pounds, Shane Laviolette up; Steve Richardson's Technical Key, 113, Alfredo Juarez Jr. in the irons; Spalding Stable's Harlan Ash, 112, Zoe Cadman aboard; Nancy & Bob Bartels' Nancybdancing, 112, Chris Emigh in the saddle; Richard Perkins' Twilight Aurora, 112, Eduardo Perez astride; Sandbar Farm's Lunar Star, 111, Eusebio Razo Jr. at the reins; and Addison Racing's Aunty Rose, 110, Ray Sibille doing the booting.

A 7-year-old daughter of No Louder, Lady Tamworth finished fourth when making her 2002 bow in a beaten allowance race here on March 16. Last year, the Iowa-bred mare was one for 18 with her victory coming in a state-bred restricted allowance race at Prairie Meadows in August. She also finished in the money in a pair of stakes races at the Altoona, Iowa oval.

Technical Key, a 5-year-old Technology mare, ran a close-up sixth on the turf in the $100,000 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last month snapping a two-race win skein at the central Florida racetrack that included a 5-length score in the $50,000 Wayward Lass Stakes and a front-stepping 18-length triumph in a $40,000 claiming race.

Harlan Ash, a Doug Matthews-trained 5-year-old daughter of Harlan, has made two starts over this oval at this meet, finishing second in her most recent start on March 25 after winning a second-level allowance race here on the March 1 opening day card.

Though winless in three starts this year, Nancybdancing comes into the Lady Hallie off a strong second-place run in a March 16 beaten allowance race. The Terrel Gore-trained daughter of Schossberg also finished third in a fourth-level allowance here on March 1.

Rounding out the field are: Twilight Aurora, third in a March 16 allowance race here; Lunar Star, runner-up in a third-level allowance race on March 12; and Aunty Rose, who scored in her North American debut in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 1.

TUESDAY DOUBLES

The meet's top tandem, jockey Larry Sterling Jr. and trainer Mike Reavis, scored another double on Tuesday's card. The pair tallied in back-to-back races with Esther Egg in the fourth and Mon Baiser in the fifth.

Also bagging a double on the Tuesday program was jockey Randy Meier, who won the second with Actalot and the third aboard He Could Shock Us. The double placed Meier in a tie for second with Alfredo Juarez Jr. with 23 victories piece, eight fewer than Sterling.

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