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Rambling Richie Holds on to Win Edgar

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Rambling Richie Holds on in Edgar

 

STICKNEY, IL – Trainer Larry Rivelli was confident, stating early in the week that he felt his two-year-old Rambling Richie could make the 1 1/16 mile distance in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity.  On Saturday, his colt was able to back up his statement as Rambling Richie and E.T. Baird held on in the Edgar.

            Breaking from the gate, Rambling Richie sprung to the lead, as he was pushed along early by Twisted Thoughts and Bad Boy Peter through the opening quarter of :24 1/5.  A half mile in :48 1/5, Rambling Richie was still a length on top as the field moved into the turn.  Into the stretch, Baird asked his runner for what he had left as he opened up a clear lead, covering three quarters in 1:13 4/5.  Nearing the wire, Rambling Richie was shortening stride and drifting out, but had enough to hold on, stopping the clock for the 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:49.37.

            Owned by Richard Ravin, Patricia’s Hope LLC of Vince Foglia and trainer Larry Rivelli, Rambling Richie was a one-and-a-half length winner over late closing A Step Ahead and Prado U.  Sent off as the 3-2 favorite, Rambling Richie returned $5.00, $3.40, and $2.80.  A Step Ahead came back $7.00 and $5.00 while Prado U returned $6.00 to show.  Rambling Richie earned $68,145 for the victory.

            Jockey E.T. Baird was running on fumes at the end of the Edgar, “We had a little pressure coming out of the gate but he was running on his own, to be honest.  He got tired toward the end but he was making only the fourth start of his career.  He was looking around, looking at the snow drifts.  He pulled a couple of numbers, just jumping and checking everything out.  He had another gear turning for home and when I asked him he gave it to me but we were running pretty short there at the end.”

            A Step Ahead stepped up for Chris Emigh, “My horse acted somewhat green and it’s obvious that he is learning.  I thought I was out of horse around the quarter pole but as soon as I angled himout he came back running and he finished really well down the lane.”

            Prado U ran on for Marlon St. Julien, “My horse broke a tad slow from the gate but even so I got a good position from off the pace.  It was my original plan to take back and it worked out perfectly in a race with a lot of speed.  I felt comfortable to let him run up the inside turning for home.  He acted very professionally.”

 

 

            Hawthorne races five days per week, through the end of the year and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post is 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

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