Stickney, IL--Illinois Champion’s Day at Hawthorne became Lyndie Wade Day, as the young jockey from Louisiana won three of the six stakes races carded for Illinois-breds; he also finished second in another stakes race. Trainers Brian Williamson and Christine Janks also had success on Champion’s Day, winning two races apiece. The following is a recap of the afternoon’s racing, which had its usual share of long price winners sprinkled among the favorites.
The day’s first stakes race went to Nancy Vanier’s Home’s the Best, a much-the-best winner of the $102,825 Peach of It Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. The race was up for grabs for much of the 1 1/16-miles race, but when Home’s the Best unleashed a furious rally through the lane, the 5-year-old mare by Western Playboy passed uncoupled stablemate Lawn and pacesetting Mongoose Gold to win by 4 ½ lengths. Lawn was 1 3/4-lengths clear of Mongoose Gold.
Ridden by Lyndie Wade and trained by Brian Williamson, Home’s the Best stopped the clock in 1:45.46 over a track listed as fast.
Despite the relative easy of victory, the winner did duck in mid-stretch, but there were no inquiries or objections and the results stood.
Home’s the Best paid $7.00 to win as the race favorite.
Quotes from the Peach of It Handicap:
Brian Williamson, “I thought she ran a great race. She’s always been a little spooky. If you look at her past performances, there’s one race where she’s running like a snake down the lane. So she’s been like that. But, it all worked out good.”
“I was glad that the race stayed the way it was. We would have had the top two spots either way but she was the best horse. Lyndie did a good job. I’m glad to see him doing so well.”
Lyndie Wade, “It worked out to be a dream trip. Out of the gate, I just let the speed go. She just got to relax back there with no pressure at all and make one big run. It worked out well. When she took off I was very surprised. I thought I would have to get after her a little bit but I didn’t.”
Chris Emigh, 2nd on Lawn: "He didn't really bump me. His horse ducked in, but it didn't bother me. He was going by. I got where I was going to run.”
The Milwaukee Avenue Handicap-3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16-miles
Stonehouse justified his 3-5 favorite’s role, and despite toting highweight of 124 pounds, he easily disposed of his nine rivals and won the $90,975 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap by 5 ¾ widening lengths over Gathering Kings. P D Q Kiddo was a very gutsy third-place finisher, only a nose behind Gathering Kings.
The winner was guided to victory by veteran reinsman Perry Compton and trained by Spanky Broussard. Stonehouse covered the 1 1/16-miles race in 1:44.48 over a fast track.
Stonehouse was always prominent, stalking Gathering Kings throughout the two-turn event, before taking over at the top of the stretch and drawing clear.
Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich own the 5-year-old son of Chester House. The winner paid $3.40 to win.
Quotes from the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap:
Perry Compton, “After his last race, I didn’t think the 124 pounds would make much of a difference. He was back with his own (state breds) today. The horse is extremely good right now. The only thing Spanky (Broussard) told me was that he didn’t have to be on the lead. We got him to relax the last two times and he seems to be a way better horse when he does it. Getting away slow was to our benefit. If he breaks running, it’s going to be hard to get him back. Today, when he did relax, when he got ready to run I didn’t even have to ask him. He just ran by that horse on his own. The way it turned out, making him run with 124 pounds had to be fair. The best horse won.”
Randy Meier, 2nd on Gathering Kings: "The little horse ran a huge race, but then Richard's a huge trainer. I never count him out when I'm on one for him. He ran his heart out, the other horse might have a little more class. He sure put everyone else away."
PDQ Kiddo-Inez Karlsson
“He bounced all around in the gate, but after that on the backside he started to pick up then turning for home he had lots of horse. One more jump, he would have been second. He was really game. I really liked this horse a lot and I was glad to pick up the mount.”
The Pretty Jenny Stakes-Filly 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs
Bow Tie Pasta rallied from far back in the $98,450 Pretty Jenny Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and despite lugging in through the stretch, soared past her rivals to win by 4 ¼ lengths over Cart’s Linda. It was 6-lengths back to the third-place finisher, Lose None. Bow Tie Pasta covered the six furlongs in 1:11.62 over a fast track.
Owned and bred by WRC Thoroughbreds Inc., the daughter of Champali won for the second straight time and third time in seven career starts. She was piloted to victory by Eddie Razo Jr. and trained by long-time conditioner Tom Dorris.
The fractions of 21.96 and 45.79 made it easier for the closers to get involved, and Bow Tie Pasta was the filly who made the most of the setup.
Cumulonimble stumbled and bucked at the start, tossing apprentice Brandon Meier.
Bow Tie Pasta was the third choice in the wagering and paid $12.80 to win.
Quotes from the Pretty Jenny Stakes:
Tom Dorris, “She’s a nice horse. We’ll run her at Arlington next.”
Tim Thornton, beaten favorite Happy Henrietta: "I ran out of horse, she got tired. She hadn't run in a while. The start didn't bother me at all."
Chris Emigh, 3rd on Lose None: "She ran a good race, the first two blew by me. I was happy to get there."
Cart’s Linda-Lyndie Wade
“I thought the horse ran great. I let her relax down the backside and grab a nice outside trip beside the winner (Bow Tie Pasta.) She ran game all the way.”
The Governor’s Lady Handicap-Fillies and Mares 4-years-old and up, 6 furlongs
Carson Springs, Arbaway Farms and Ken Meeker’s Nicks got back to her winning ways as she grinded out a hard fought victory over front-running Magnetic Miss in the $90,375 Governor’s Lady Handicap for 4-year-olds and up. The margin of victory was one length. Secret Kin closed well, but too late and finished third. The time for the six furlongs was 1:10.49 on a track that was listed as sloppy, following a down pour about 20 minutes earlier.
For Nicks, it was her fifth win in her last six starts, her lone recent defeat coming in her last race, an overnight stake at Hawthorne.
Nicks was ridden by Lyndie Wade, who won his second stakes race of the day, and was trained and co-owned by Christine Janks.
The 5-year-old daughter of Salt Lake had clear sailing the entire trip, sitting just behind the leaders before commencing her winning rally around the far turn.
The winner paid $6.60 as the post time favorite.
Quotes from the Governor’s Lady Handicap:
Christine Janks, “Thanks to the horses, my assistant Rob, all my help, and everybody involved. We would have liked Nicks’ last one but she came up a little bit short. Not today!”
Lyndie Wade, “This trip worked out pretty much the same as my last winner did. We kind of got left on our own, relaxed, no mud in our face. She just closed some ground like she usually does. I never lost confidence. I know she’s a steady grinder. She tries hard. I thought that with the track being sealed with the way it was and with the easy lead that Magnetic Miss had at the top of the lane, I thought that Magnetic Miss might be able to hang on but Nicks ran her down.”
Chris Block, trainer Secret Kin (3rd): "She ran her heart out."
Perry Compton “She did way better then she has been running. She took really well to the off track. I heard Nicks (winner) coming from behind in the slop and didn’t know how much horse she had, but I still think she got the perfect trip.”
Joe Broussard “I was glad to see her finish second. We will probably enter her in another Illinois bred stakes race at Arlington.”
The Land of Lincoln Stakes-Colts and Geldings 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs
Lyndie Wade won his third stakes race of the day aboard 14-1 longshot Agnostic, finishing two lengths ahead of favored Devil's Halo. Johnnies Breeze was third in the $90,450 Land of Lincoln Stakes for 3 year old colts and geldings.
Wade rated the Home at Last colt in the second flight early before rallying to give trainer Brian Williamson his second stakes victory of the day. Agnostic ran the 6 furlongs in 1:11:96 over a sloppy track, and paid $30.40.
Quotes from Land of Lincoln Stakes:
Brian Williamson, “Lyndie couldn’t have ridden him better. I’m glad for Lyndie. It’s been a great day. I’ve always liked this horse. When Katie interviewed me last year and asked about good 2-year-olds, I told her about this horse. I knew the off track wouldn’t hurt this horse. We trained him in the slop. My horses always seem to run better on off tracks.”
Lyndie Wade, “I really didn’t like the rail after they sealed the track. To tell you the truth, I really wasn’t sure about this horse in the slop. But, he handled it great. The stuff was flying back in his face. When I cut the corner in the turn, I didn’t want to go outside. Thank God the rail opened.”
“It wasn’t that I felt I could do no wrong. I just rode with more confidence and had more confidence in my horses.”
Eduardo Perez, 3rd on Sorrel of the Sea: "My horse ran good, but he didn't like the slop.”
My Dominick James (Fourth Place) Tim Thornton-“He led pretty easy and gave up. I don’t think he liked the slop and coming off a long layoff, he just got tired.”
The Robert S. Molaro Handicap-4-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs
Last year Mighty Rule was the favorite in this race, then named the Chicagoland Handicap, but lost to stablemate High Expectations. This year he turned it around under jockey Jesse Campbell, finishing a neck in front of Caruso, with Carson's Hawk third. High Expectations was almost three lengths back in fourth in the $91,125 Robert S. Molaro Handicap.
The 6-year-old gelded son of Gilded Time was making his second start of the year, and gave trainer Christine Janks her second stakes win of the day.
Mighty Rule ran the 6 furlongs in 1:11.78 and paid $17 to win.
Quotes from the Robert S. Molaro Handicap:
Christine Janks, “I thought the mud would help us. He seems to like a firm track. The interesting thing is that when the track favors speed, he does well and when the track favors closers, my other horse, High Expectations does well. So, I kind of never know who is going to be there. I only hope one of them does.”
“Jesse has been working the horse and knows him pretty well. The horse only does as much as he has to do. I knew Caruso was doing well and he would be tough. When they came into the stretch I knew it would be a horse race.”
Jesse Campbell, “To echo Christine’s comments, Caruso ran a tremendous race. It might have looked like I moved too soon since I was getting after my horse at the quarter pole but I knew that he was a fighter. I don’t think that my horse would have done as well if Caruso hadn’t ran such a terrific race.”
Carlos Silva, 2nd on Caruso: "He ran a good race, I don't have any excuse."
Tammy Domenosky, trainer of Carson's Hawk, 3rd: "He ran very well, I'm actually surprised. I know he likes the mud so I figured he'd run alright. He had to come from off the pace and he's usually on the front end, but he ran a very good race and (Eusebio) Razo rode extremely well.”