Hawthorne Race Course
Contact : Jim Miller - (708)
For Immediate Release
The Pizza Man Battles to Carey Memorial Victory
STICKNEY, IL -- The $75,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial looked to
be a race that had some pace but things changed early Saturday morning when the
probable pacesetter Mr. Vegas scratched.
That changed how riders rode the race and almost let to an upset
gates sprung in the Carey Memorial, Tazz and Rosemary
Homeister, Jr. set the pace and looked to slow things
down early. They did just that, covering
the opening quarter in :24 4/5 and the half in :50
1/5. What did change was the placement
of favorite The Pizza Man as Francisco Torres placed him just behind the early
pace. Able to slow things down into the
turn, going three-quarters in 1:14 3/5, Tazz and The
Pizza Man hooked up for a stretch duel.
With neither giving in, the pair battled to the wire, with The Pizza man
prevailing by a head over Tazz, stopping the clock
for the 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf course in 1:50 2/5. The Pizza Man did have to survive a claim of
foul by Homeister as the two runners brushed in the
lane but no change was made. The pair
was well clear of third place finisher Mister Marti Gras in third.
Man earned $45,000 for the victory to surpass $350,000 in lifetime
earnings. He returned $5.00, $3.00, and
came back $6.00 and $3.40 while Mister Marti Gras returned $2.40 to show.
Francisco Torres was in the winner’s circle following a stakes victory last
week when Kid Dreams won the Hawthorne Derby and he was back with The Pizza
Man. “Roger (Brueggemann)
told me going in that Mr. Vegas scratched and he was going to be the one
pushing the pace. With the way the race unfolded, we were laying closer that we
normally would,” stated Torres. “I was pleased with the horse. He was racing
comfortable. Tazz ran a huge race. He finished
up strong. When you have this kind of race and they both battle until the
finish, it makes for an exciting horserace. But, The Pizza Man delivered
Rosemary Homeister, Jr. got a big effort from Tazz, “Tazz, he ran a hell of a race. When that horse (winner The Pizza Man) hooked him at the quarter pole he dug in. It was the hardest he ever ran to try to win a race."
Eddie Perez was aboard third place finisher Mister Marti Gras, “My horse ran really hard, but there was no pace. He finished pretty good. He's a nice little horse and he tried.”
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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,
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