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For Immediate Release
Rambling Richie Wires Field in Sun Power
STICKNEY, IL -- In his first start on dirt, and
only third career start, Rambling Richie used his good speed to wire the field
in the Sun Power Stakes Saturday at Hawthorne.
For two-year-old colts and geldings, the 18th running of the
Sun Power went with an evenly matched field of five as favoritism jumped
between horses leading to post time.
gates sprung, Rambling Richie and E.T. Baird took what looked to be a contested
pace and instead made the lead his own, clearing by a length in the first
sixteenth of a mile. Covering the
opening quarter in :21 4/5, Rambling Richie was
tracked by favorite Easy Solution, while Bad Boy Peter was rank and steadied
into the turn. Solar Flair rated close
up, followed by Hayq’s Fable. Following a half in :46,
Rambling Richie was challenged by Easy Solution, but Baird remained confident
in the saddle. When he roused his runner
at the top of the stretch, Rambling Richie opened up and drew clear for the
win, stopping the clock for the six furlongs in 1:11. Solar Flair closed along the rail to run
second while Easy Solution finished third.
Larry Rivelli, Rambling Richie was sent off at 2-1
and returned $6.80, $3.00, and $2.10.
Solar Flair came back $2.80 and $2.10 while Easy Solution returned $2.40
instructions were easy, “Larry (Rivelli) told me to
just come out of the gate in good order.
Get him out there the best I could.
Just hold my ground and let him run his own race. The other horse came up to us at the top of
the stretch but I was just kind of biding time, giving my horse the best shot
that I could.”
Larry Rivelli only had to worry about the surface, “Our
main concern was whether or not he would like the dirt. Most of the horses in here are turf or Polytrack horses.
But his last two breezes over this track were very good so we were
pretty confident. I knew that once he
made the lead, he wouldn’t let anybody by.
I told E.T. that once he got the front end he was going to be tough to
beat. It worked out well.”
Rosemary Homeister, Jr. got a solid effort from Solar Flair, “He ran
awesome! I think if I had an outside post he might have caught that horse today
because I was sitting in the catbird’s seat but I just couldn’t get through. On the turn, I was going easy. That horse was able to take off before I
could and he went on and I took off, but he got the jump on me.”
Marlon St. Julien was aboard Easy Solution, “Everything went well. It
was his first time on a regular dirt track.
He broke so hard he lost his footing away from there. It might have cost him a little bit, but I
had every chance after that. I couldn’t
get by him.”
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 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
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
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