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Sportsman's Park results - Lady Hallie Handicap recap

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CICERO, Ill. (April 14, 2002) -- Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Pretty Gale, a half-sister to Illinois Derby winner War Emblem, led every step of the way en route to a 7-length victory in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap Sunday at Sportsman's Park.

A daughter of Mountain Cat out of the Lord At War mare Sweetest Lady, Pretty Gale was ridden by Larry Sterling Jr. and covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast track in 1:45.99 after posting uncontested fractions of 23.59 seconds for the quarter mile, 47.89 seconds for a half mile and a three-quarter mile split of 1:12.69 . Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, the 4-year-old filly paid $6.00, $4.20 and $3.00.

"She wasn't going to let her baby brother show her up," said trainer Frank Springer.

"This race was just as easy as War Emblem's in the Illinois Derby last week," Sterling said. "She was nice and relaxed the whole way. I just let her do it on her own and she just galloped along. It takes too much out of 'em when you gun 'em out of there (at the start) so I just let her take the lead. I can't say I was concerned at any point, she was relaxed and it was real easy."

Lunar Star rallied from mid-pack to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Harlan Ash. Adam's Time, Twilight Aurora, Technical Key and Nancybdancing completed the order of finish. Aunty Rose was pulled up in mid-stretch.

"I'm glad we took a shot at this race," said Lunar Star's trainer Chris Block who also entered that mare in a race earlier in the card. "We've been talking about trying her two turns because she's a full sister to Lunar Spook who was a graded stakes winner around two turns. This turned out well. We wanted to see if we could get a little black type for her and maybe if we got lucky, get the whole thing. I was afraid of the winner. Nobody went after her. When you need a speed duel, you never get one. Eddie (jockey Eusebio Razo Jr.) said he had to steady her a little bit on the turn."

Lunar Star, at 19-1, returned $10.20 and $7.00. Harlan Ash paid $5.60.




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