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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310

Sunday, April 14, 2002


Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap hero Mc Mahon drilled seven furlongs Sunday morning in 1:23 4/5 and galloped out a mile in 1:37 4/5 under jockey Larry Sterling Jr. while prepping for a possible start in Saturday's Grade III $200,000 National Jockey Club Handicap.

"They just revived me," joked trainer Michele Boyce when asked about the move, easily the faster of two at the distance Sunday morning. "I knew he was going good, but I was just flabbergasted when I heard the time. Obviously, I was pleased with the work, but not just because of the time. He seemed to be doing it easily. He finished up well and he seemed to come back well afterward."

A fast workout should have been no surprise for Boyce as Mc Mahon rattled off a five-panel effort in 58 2/5 seconds in the days leading up to the Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup, which the Boyce-Ruffolo colorbearer won by a neck, but as the trainer explains, Mc Mahon missed some training time after that neck victory.

"I missed almost seven days with him because he cracked a quarter," she said. "Then after it was patched, the weather was bad. The hoof is doing well and he seems none the worse for it.

"Today was the first time Larry Sterling was on the horse," Boyce continued. "I asked him what he thought the horse went in and he said, 'About 1:25 or 1:26.' He couldn't believe how fast and how easy the horse did it."

Boyce had also considered running Mc Mahon in the $100,000 Bosselman Gus Fonner Handicap at Fonner Park in Nebraska on April 27 instead of the National Jockey Club Handicap, but Sunday's move likely helped her decide to keep Mc Mahon home.

"I'm leaning toward staying here," she said. "This work probably decided it for me. He seems to like the track. It'll also depend on the weights."


"Post Time at Sportsman's", the track's nightly replay program that airs on FOX Sports Net Chicago, will air one-half hour earlier at 5 p.m. Central time on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16.




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