HAWTHORNE SEASON CLOSER

05:09 AM 25 Aug 2005 NZST
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Don’t forget. Friday (August 26) is closing night. The Robert F. Carey Memorial Pace, Friday’s feature, carries a purse of $101,000 and is scheduled to go off at 9.59 pm.

Favoured He Wants It All won his last three races, including one of the Carey Eliminations, and 10 of 18 so far this year. He should be tough to beat.

But, Lotsa Guy who won the other Carey Elimination, might have something to say about it. He’s riding a three race win streak, 12 of 25 so far this year, and his final time was three-fifths of a second faster than that of He Wants It all, and faster at every point of call.

It should be a great race.

Tina Gregory’s Wheatland Gem, driven by Tony Morgan, got up just in the nick of time to take the Berwyn Consolation on Wednesday night (August 24).

Pacing the mile in 1.56 for trainer Art Gregory Junior, she paid $9.20 as the third choice in the wagering.

Favoured Slim Shady Lady had little trouble winning her sixth race of the year in Wednesday’s Berwyn Final.

She rushed right up to grab the lead, despite starting from an outside post, and was able to hold the others safe.

Claimed by the Tony Morgan Stable 1, James Scholz the trainer, two races back, she has now wired the field in both of her starts for this barn. With Morgan in the bike, she got the mile in 1.55.2 after fractions of 28.2 seconds, 59.1s, and 1.28.1 and paid a generous $6.80.

M & M Harness Racing LLC and David McCaffrey’s Brian and Kellie, David McCaffrey the trainer, had shown very good speed in his previous two races this year so, when he started off slow, you had to think there was a reason why he went off at 34-1 in the ISOBA 105, despite winning his two 2005 races.

He didn’t display his customary speed and raced near the back of the pack for the first half, even dropping to 10th after three quarters but he came flying late, with Brent Holland in the bike, and went from eighth to first in the stretch.

He got up to win by a head over favoured Team Hutch, covering the mile in 1.52 in a new lifetime best, and paid a whopping $70.20.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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