It was a terrific closing night at Hawthorne Racecourse on Friday (August 26).
The weather probably could have been a little better but the rain pretty much stayed away so we were able to enjoy the famous Beatles cover band, American English, between races.
We started out with a five-furlong sprint, something not often seen in Standardbred racing.
Brandy Pinske Stable Inc.’s Abouttolosecontrol never did lose control. Andy Miller sent the Nelson Willis trained gelding right to the lead and no rival ever got close. The winning margin was 5 ¼ lengths and he paid $5.20 for the victory.
In the Cicero Final, Lisa Ehrlich’s Betruetous raced in fourth place for much of the race and even dropped back to seventh approaching the far turn but driver Ron Marsh had him just where he wanted him.
He was back into fifth at the top of the stretch, started picking off rivals mid-stretch, and had a full head of steam by the time they crossed the sixteenth.
He absolutely flew in that final quarter, getting up for the win in 1.54.2 and paying a healthy $10.20.
Friday night’s feature, however, was what we all came to see.
In the Robert F. Carey Memorial Pace, Elimination winners Lotsa Guy and He Wants It All squared off in that $101,000 race. But, He Wants It All really did want it all.
Lotsa Guy led for most of the race but you could see that he was getting a bit weary at the top of the stretch.
Driver Tony Morgan had gotten He Wants It All into striking position by that time and he flew into the lead. It looked, for a bit, like he might draw clear but the always tough, who owns the track record for Aged Pacer, decided to make it interesting and did everything he could to get past, unsuccesfully.
He Wants It All, owned by Michael Polansky, paced the mile in 1.50 and won by a ½ length.
The Tom Harmer trainee was favored in the race and paid $5.40.
It was a great night and a fitting finale to great meet.
Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse