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2,000 Wins for Reavis, Irish Marvel Impressive in Whitworth

2,000 Career Victories for Mike Reavis


                Last Saturday, trainer Mike Reavis accomplished a feat that is rare in thoroughbred racing, saddling his 2,000th career winner when Mckinli’sbabyblues crossed the wire first in the second race on the card.

                The win marked a nice racing week last week as Reavis sent out R Fast Life to a win in the ninth race Friday followed by debut winner Saint Alexius in the Saturday opener.

                Reavis earned his 2,000 victory in career start 10,228.  In a training career that started in 1977, Reavis has 1,610 seconds and 1,432 thirds for nearly $30 million in career earnings from horses he has saddled. 

                Reavis has won multiple graded stakes in his training career, winning the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Lassie in 1994 with Shining Light, winning the Lassie again in 2010 with Wonderlandbynight, and the 2011 Grade 3 Stars and Stripes with Free Fighter.

                In his training career, Reavis has finished racing years in the top 100 nationally nine times in either wins or earnings. 

                Congrats from everyone at Hawthorne Race Course to trainer Mike Reavis.


Irish Marvel Impressive in Whitworth


                Following a cancellation of the races a couple of weeks ago, the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante returned last Friday for Illinois-bred two-year-old fillies.  A field a six dropped to five with the scratch of Be Authentic on Friday morning.

                Favored in the Whitworth was Booda Lou off an impressive maiden score three weeks prior.  Getting away quickly in the Whitworth was Get None as she carved out fractions of :24.38 and :48.69 to the half. 

                Tracked closely by Irish Marvel and Booda Lou, Get None maintained her advantage into the turn, passing three quarters in 1:13.85.  Patient was jockey Edgar Perez aboard Irish Marvel as Booda Lou showed signs of frustration along the inside in the turn.

                Roused at the top of the stretch, Irish Marvel responded well, quickly opening up a five-length lead mid-stretch.  At the wire, Irish Marvel cruised home an east nine length winner, stopping the clock in 1:47.05 for the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track.  Longshot Ronan closed to finish second while Booda Lou was third.

                Irish Marvel earner $35,790 for her victory and is owned by her breeder Kathy Halleran in partnership with trainer Jimmy DiVito.


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