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Dynamic Impact Upsets Midnight Hawk in Illinois Derby Thriller
STICKNEY, IL -- Close, but no cigar. That’s how things must have felt on the ice
when the St. Louis Blues scored with just six seconds left in regulation to
send game two of their playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks into overtime
before eventually winning. That’s also
how the connections had to feel when Dynamic Impact, on his birthday, caught Midnight
Hawk in a head bob at the wire in the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby,
Presented by Xpressbet, Saturday
Hawk entered the race off a graded stakes victory in the Sham, followed by
three graded stakes placed efforts and was sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the
Illinois Derby. Following a stumble at
the start, Midnight regained his footing quickly and set the early
fractions. Tracking him along the inside
was Miguel Mena and Dynamic Impact as Martin Garcia and Midnight Hawk covered
the opening quarter in :24, the half in :48 and three-quarters in 1:12. Turning into the stretch, Midnight Hawk held
a length lead as Mena guided Dynamic Impact off the fence and re-fired in the
lane. At the wire, Dynamic Impact got
his nose down in time, catching Midnight Hawk.
The final time for the 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track was 1:49.07,
the fastest Illinois Derby since 1999.
John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse, Dynamic Impact
earned $300,000 for the victory. He
returned $21.20, $6.00, and $4.80.
Midnight Hawk returned $2.20, and $2.10.
Maiden Irish You Well rallied for third and returned $4.80 to show.
Miguel Mena was aboard Dynamic Impact, “We were very confident in this
horse. Nobody chased the favorite so it
was up to us to do it. We had no choice.
I was able to put some pressure on him.
I was glad I was able to put my horse on the outside at the quarter pole
because he wasn’t liking it on the inside. By the eighth pole I knew he was coming
back. I kept encouraging him. I’m glad I
got it at the end. I was sure I had
it. You never know with head bobs, you
think you had it and then you don’t.”
Garcia got a big effort from Midnight Hawk but came up just short, “He tried to
break really sharp but the ground was a little loose. He recovered right away. He hit the lead and I had all the chance to
win, but he just got a little tired.”
returns to Hawthorne on Friday, February 21 with the spring meet racing through
April 27. In February, racing will take
place on Friday – Sunday with Wednesday cards being added in March. First post for the spring meet is slated to
be 1:45 PM. 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