More Opening Rounds of Freshmen Series
Three opening round divisions of the Broadway Tax Series for state-bred first season pacing fillies and one 11-horse field of the Plesac Series for two-year-old trotting colts comprise the first four races of Wednesday’s program at Hawthorne.
The second race 5-2 Plesac favorite Spirit Warrior has put together a pair of convincing front-end victories in his first two career starts for trainer Monique Berardi and has impressed driver Jason Dillander.
“For a two-year-old he’s pretty handy,” said the Kentucky native. “Right now he does everything right. Spirit Warrior is the kind of horse that you can’t get into a whole lot of trouble in a race because you can drive him pretty much anyway you want. And he’s a young horse that has a lot of ‘want-to’.”
Spirit Warrior leaves from post seven for his Winchester, Tennessee owner Claude Powers when he takes on 10 other ICF youngsters. Posts one through six belong to Royal Kaliber (8-1), Valley Speed (10-1), Maxter (5-1), Lucky Little Chip (4-1), Uneek Fireball (30-1) and Kan Jamicamecrazy (30-1), while Sam O Mouse (9-2), Moon Man (20-1), Big Gun (20-1) and Fox Valley Summit (20-1) have posts eighth though eleven, respectively.
The first Broadway Tax division (race one) is headed up by Kelly’s Keepsake (2-1), a 1:55.1 winner at Hawthorne on June 24, and Blue True Blue, who opened some eyes last Friday when he broke before the start, fell back about 20 lengths, and still rallied to win in 1:56 flat, unleashing a very quick :26 flat last quarter.
Jim Eaton’s first starter Get That Cheese (5-2) and Roger Welch’s Mokey (3-1) share the third race second split favoritism, while James and Donna Creb’s homebred She’s So Hot opens up as the overwhelming 4-5 choice in race four after a powerful 1:53.4 victory on July 8 by four widening lengths.
“She’s So Hot didn’t have the easiest of trips,” said her driver Dave Magee. “She came from the nine-hole and we were out from almost the quarter. I dropped in for about three-eighths of a mile and we were out again in the last turn first over. I dropped her in at the head of the stretch for just a little breather and then we came up the rail where she finished very strong.”
She’s So Hot is the fourth foal of the Broadway Express dam She’s Redhot. Her first foal didn’t make it to the races but her second and third are two very talented pacers currently racing at Hawthorne —Brian And Kellie (1:50.3) and Hot N Sporty (1:50.2).
The 3-1 second choice in the third Broadway Tax division is Darby Miller’s Towns Parry Girl, a 1:56.4 winner on July 6 with Magee and while Dave opted to drive She’s So Redhot Wednesday, he saw potential in the Ideal Towne offspring.
“Townes Party Girl was a little bit green, but still pretty smart,” said Dave. “She was relaxed when she should have been, and aggressive when she needed to be. I think this filly has quite a bit of talent."