Everybody wants a horse in a “big” race. What happens when you’re forced to make a choice? That is something that driver Tony Morgan will have to deal with when the Robert F Carey Open Pace is contested next Friday.
Morgan drove the winners of the two Carey Elimination races on Friday night.
In the fifth race, he was in the bike when Lotsa Guy, starting from the outside in a six-horse field, took the lead midway through the backstretch and never looked back.
Lotsa Guy, owned by John Turigliatto and trained by Raymond Farmer, is having a great year. Friday night’s victory made it 12 wins from 25 chances in 2005.
He’ll be racing for the winner’s share of the estimated $100,000 purse next Friday. For this victory, he earned $12,500. That is quite a leap from the $12,189 he made all of 2004.
He got the mile in 1.50.2 after fractions of 26.23 seconds, 54.4s, 1.23.1 and paid $13.80 as the fourth choice.
In the second Elimination, Morgan drove favored He Wants It All.
Starting from the inside post, He Wants It All had little trouble making the lead and didn’t have to work too hard to stay there.
Owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Tom Harmer, this 5-Year-Old paced the mile in 1.51.1, with splits of 28.1s, 56.2s, and 1.24.3 and paid $3.20.
MATCH RIVAL WAGER: PART DEUX
The Match Rival Wager proved to be so popular last week, when Daryl Busse and Walter Paisley were featured, that we decided to bring it back in an expanded version.
On Monday night, Hawthorne’s top four drivers will square off in the Match Rival Wager. Tony Morgan, Andy Miller, Tim Tetrick, and Pat Berry have drives in seven selected races, the third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and the tenth.
Points will be awarded for finishing in the top three positions.
The winner will get 60 points, finishing second will garner 30 points, and 10 points will collect 10 points. The driver accumulating the most points in the seven designated races will be declared the winner.
Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse