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For Immediate Release
Mister Marti Gras Heads Competitive Carey Memorial Field
STICKNEY, IL – With career earnings of over $900,000, Lothenbach Stables, Inc.’s Mister Marti Gras heads a very
competitive field of nine for Saturday’s running of the Robert F. Carey
Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne. The 30th
running of the Carey will be contested on the Hawthorne turf course at 1 1/8
Chris Block, Mister Marti Gras has won nine times from 33 lifetime starts for
$924,464 and has had success over this Hawthorne turf course. At six-years-old, the son of Belong to Me is
still going strong as he has been stakes placed in two of three stakes tries this
year. Following a solid second against
allowance company this spring at Keeneland, Mister
Marti Gras ran second to Hogy in the Grade 3 Hanshin
at Arlington on May 25. With six weeks
between starts, he won the Mystic Lake Mile in a race taken off the grass at
Canterbury on July 13. He returned to
graded company in the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap as he finished a close
fourth following a troubled trip. In the
Carey Memorial, Mister Marti Gras will be ridden by Eddie Perez as he carries
122 lbs. and is the 7-2 morning line favorite.
favorite and another who has run well over the Hawthorne turf is The Pizza
Man. The Illinois-bred is trained by
Roger Brueggemann for national leading owner in
victories Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Only four-years-old, The Pizza Man has won eight of 13 lifetime starts
with all eight victories coming on the turf.
Last fall he won the state-bred Buck’s Boy Handicap over the Hawthorne
turf course. In 2013, The Pizza Man has
won twice, with victories against a very good field of optional claimers at
Fair Grounds this spring and most recently in a game effort in the Illinois
Owners Stakes at Arlington on September 21.
Ridden by Francisco Torres, The Pizza Man carries 120 lbs. and is 4-1 in
the morning line.
proven on the grass is Mr. Vegas from the barn of Richie Scherer. The six-year-old looks to be the pace of the
Carey Memorial as he has earned $336,158 in 28 turf starts. Mr. Vegas has been lightly raced in 2013,
making only three starts. His first race
of 2013 came off a year rest as he chased Nate’s Mineshaft the entire way in an
optional claiming allowance race at Arlington.
He was sent to Saratoga for the New York bred West Point, tiring in the
lane in that start to finish seventh. He
bounced back though with a near miss to The Pizza Man in his last, caught on
the wire in the Illinois Owners Stakes.
Mr. Vegas will be piloted by Tim Thornton in the Carey and carries 116
lbs. at 9-2 in the morning line.
for the Carey Memorial:
PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Mister Marti
Gras E. Perez C. Block 7-2
2 Tazz R.
Homeister, Jr. C.
3 Mr. Vegas T. Thornton R. Scherer 9-2
River J. Vargas S. Baez 8-1
5 The Pizza
Man F. Torres R. Brueggemann 4-1
Sacrifice A. Canchari G.
7 Warbird I.
8 Francois E. Esquivel C. Winebaugh 12-1
9 Burn The Mortgage C.
Roman M. Tomlinson 8-1
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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. Beginning December 4, first
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