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For Immediate Release
Charming Kitten Heads Field of 10 for Hawthorne Derby
STICKNEY, IL -- Multiple Graded-stakes placed
runner Charming Kitten drew the outside of a field of 10 for the 49th
running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Hawthorne Derby. The Derby will go as the fifth race on a
special Saturday evening card with a 5:00 PM first post and 7:05 PM post for
the Hawthorne Derby.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Todd Pletcher,
Charming Kitten was victorious in the Kitten’s Joy stakes on the Gulfstream
Park turf in January. He followed up that effort with a second-place finish in
the Grade 3 Palm Beach and a near miss while running third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass
this spring. Those efforts led Charming
Kitten to a very respectable ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Charming Kitten returned to the turf, with
near misses while finishing second in both the Penn Mile and Grade 2 Virginia
Derby. His most recent effort came in
the slop at Saratoga as he ran fourth in the Grade 3 Hall of Fame. Ridden Saturday by Florent
Geroux, Charming Kitten is the 7-2 morning line
favorite in the Hawthorne Derby.
threat in the Hawthorne Derby comes from Five Iron. Trained by Brian Lynch, Five Iron has won
three consecutive races heading into the Hawthorne Derby, with the most recent
victory coming in the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga. David Flores is named aboard Five Iron as the
4-1 second choice in the morning line.
Magic, Kid Dreams, and Dorsett all come into the Hawthorne Derby following
their matchup in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in their last. In that race, the Richard Mettee
trained Infinite Magic finished best of the trio, running second with a late
closing move. The Neil Drysdale trained Kid Dreams ran fourth in that event while Dorseet would finish sixth, beaten only two-and-a-half lengths
for the victory. Jockey Channing Hill is
reunited with Infinite Magic, who he won the Grade 3 American Derby aboard as
Infinite Magic is the 5-1 third choice.
Kid Dreams will be guided by Francisco Torres at 6-1 in the line while
Dorsett teams up with Kent Desormeaux and is 8-1 in
the morning line.
out of the American Derby is Moro Tap.
Trained by Mike Maker, Moro Tap followed his sixth-place finish in the
American Derby with a recent win against older allowance runners at Kentucky
Downs in his last. Chris Landeros gets the call aboard Moro Tap at 6-1.
field for the Hawthorne Derby:
PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Kid Dreams F. Torres N. Drysdale 6-1
Saturday E. Esquivel E. Ganbat 10-1
3 Dorsett K. Desormeaux M. Stidham 8-1
Magic C. Hill R. Mettee 5-1
5 Lukes Alley L.
Contreras J. Carroll 12-1
6 Ultimo Trago I.
De la cerda 15-1
7 Moro Tap C. Landeros M. Maker 6-1
8 Five Iron D. Flores B. Lynch 4-1
Curious F. Boyce I. Correas 15-1
Kitten F. Geroux T. Pletcher 7-2
returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 4 and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every
Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 2:10
PM. On Fridays through November 29,
first post will be 3:10 PM. Saturday,
October 5 is a special night racing card with a 5:00 PM first post. Beginning December 4, first post will be 1:20
PM daily. Hawthorne Race Course is
located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave.
For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course,
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com