Carey Preview Heads Up Solid Card
A strong Saturday night card at Hawthorne awaits you. Among the competitive events on our 12-race program is a $25,000 Preview of next week’s $92,000 Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial Pace, a pair of $12,000 second round divisions of the Master Shawn series for state-bred sophomore colts and a $15,500 “winner’s over” trot opener `with two Dygert finalists.
Eight horses with seven betting interests are in the sixth race Carey Preview with the newest addition to the powerhouse Erv Miller Stable Life Guard On Duty the 9-5 morning line favorite off his back-to-back Invitational wins here in 1:50.1 and 1:49.4.
Life Guard On Duty was sold to Bert Hochsprung and John Carver two days prior to last Saturday’s $21,500 Invite victory and the Illinois owners promptly supplemented the four-year-old pacer to the Carey for $11,000.
He’ll leave from post five with regular driver Jason Dillander. Inside of him is My Boy David (8-1), Manhardt (4-1) and the Redbud Stable owned-entry of Third Day and Thisbigdogwilfight (3-1). Post 6, 7 and 8 belong to Make It Brief (15-1), Royal Man (6-1) and the east coast invader Cheyenne Hollywood (9-2).
Skipping the Preview but already entered for the Carey Final are Timesareachanging and Gold Dust Beach, the fourth and fifth place finishers in last week-end’s $300,000 Ben Franklin stake at Harrah’s Chester racetrack won in 1:48.3 by Boulder Creek.
The former 2004 Little Brown Jug champion Timesareachanging has earned over $1.5 million in only four seasons of racing and now competes for the Erv Miller Stable. Gold Dust Beach has pocketed over $179,000 this year for the Joe Holloway Stable and was runner-up in Northfield Park’s $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie back in April.
Ryan Anderson, who drove Fox Valley Curahee to a victory in a opening round of Master Shawn series a week ago, was right on target when he said after that race: “Without The Quiet Mon and Home Bed Advantage there really isn’t a standout in this (Master Shawn) series. It’s wide-open.”
Fox Valley Curahee and Brother Vinny have nailed down starting berths in $65,000 Master Shawn Final, one of eight ICF championships to be decided on Hawthorne’s Night of Champions, highlighted by the Carey Final on August 4. The leading money earners after two weeks of each series earn a start in their respective final.
Fox Valley Curahee unleashed a strong stretch move to nail down his series win with a 1:52.2 clocking. “This is the first time I drove him but I know that Erv (Trainer Miller) always sends them out ready. Erv did tell a little bit about the horse before we went out. I raced him first up to try and get him into the race. When I pulled him out down the lane he just accelerated.”
Fox Valley Curahee is the 7-2 morning line second choice in race ten with the early 3-1 favoritism going to his stablemate Saratoga John with the coveted one-slot for driver Brent Holland.
Driver Mike Oosting had been waiting for opening leg winner Brother Vinny to put a little more passion into his work and maybe the sophomore’s 1:52.3 win is a sign of good things to come for his connections. The horse is the 5-2 first flash favorite in race nine, the first series split on the card.
“Brother Vinny has always had the ability. He really hasn’t sprung open yet until this race,” said Oosting. “The horse had been a little bit lethargic and Ken (trainer Rucker) has gotten him woke-up. He trained him hard for this start and got him where he has a little bit more desire.
“Brother Vinny fits well in this series. He just hadn’t shown himself yet but he has a ton of ability. He is a very fast horse,” said Oosting.