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Thursday, February 19, 2009


MOR CHANCES RUNS AWAY WITH HOLLIE HUGHES


The toughest part of handicapping Thursday’s 31st running of the $70,200 Hollie Hughes for New York-breds at six furlongs was figuring out who would take the lead.

The answer wasn’t much clearer when the gates opened, as Mor Chance, Good Card, Citifest and Gold and Roses all broke fast and clean.

But within a few strides, favored Mor Chance separated himself from the field and finally carried jockey Richard Migliore to a 2 ½-length victory in 1:09.72 on the fast inner dirt track.


Since being claimed for $50,000 last September by trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., Mor Chance had won two races from off the pace. Apparently, both Migliore and the crowd of 2,398 figured the 5-year-old American Chance horse could make it three in a row.

“He didn’t break well the last time, so I warmed him up today to get him more serious,” Migliore said of his second winner on the day. “I thought the only way we could lose would be if he didn’t break well, but he broke so clean and went right to lead and he was so responsive every time I moved a finger.

“I felt like a winner every step from the five-eighths-pole. I didn’t anticipate being on the lead, but the way the track’s been playing today, I figured I better not give it up once I was there.”

Mor Chance, who set fractions of 22.71, 45.97 and 57.81, returned $4.90 for his seventh win in 25 starts.

Executive Search was second, followed by Be Bullish, Citifest, Gold and Roses and Good Card.

HOLLIE HUGHES QUOTES

Winning jockey Richard Migliore for favored Mo Chances (No. 3): “He didn’t break well the last time, so I warmed him up today to get him more serious. I thought the only way we could lose would be if he didn’t break well, but he broke so clean and went right to lead and he was so responsive every time I moved a finger. I felt like a winner every step from the five-eighths-pole. I didn’t anticipate being on the lead, but the way the track’s been playing today, I figured I better not give it up once I was there.”


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