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Saturday, March 16, 2002

WIRED TO FLY WINS CICERO HANDICAP

CICERO, Ill. (March 16, 2002) -- Edwin H. Wachtel's Wired to Fly was quick from the gate but all out to hold off the late rally of Adam's Time to earn a mild upset in the $100,000 Cicero Handicap by a head Saturday at Sportsman's Park. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode the 5-year-old daughter of Flying Victor to victory in 1:12.52 for the six furlongs over a track labeled "fast."

"I was surprised that I was on the lead because this horse normally comes from a little bit off the pace," Juarez said, "but she broke so sharply that I had to deal with the lead. When Razo's horse (jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. aboard Soul Onarazorsedge) came back to me, I thought that he had more horse left (than I did), but his horse quit really bad."

Wired to Fly led early posting a quarter-mile fraction of 22.55 seconds and was able to slow the pace down through a half-mile in 47.06. Headed briefly in the lane by Soul Onarazorsedge, who set a five-furlong split of 59.38, Wired to Fly responded inside the final furlong to prevail.

Hattiesburg, the 6-5 post time favorite, made a late rally to finish third, less than three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Capitol View, Soul Onarazorsedge, Keepondealing, French Teacher and Marciann completed the order of finish.

"She broke good and settled back real nice," said jockey Shane Laviolette, who was astride the beaten favorite. "The sand on this track is real gritty and it stings when it hits. My filly wasn't liking it a bit and started backing up. When we turned for home I got her clear and she exploded and really took off. The filly tried hard and really ran her race, but with a bit of a speed bias to the track today it didn't help."

The third choice in the field of eight, Wired To Fly returned $12.20, $8.20 and $3.60. Adam's Time paid $18.80 and $5.00. Hattiesburg paid $2.40.

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