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Act A Fool Scores for Rivelli in Hawthorne Derby

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Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700


 Act A Fool Scores for Rivelli in Hawthorne Derby


STICKNEY, IL – Following some much-needed rain in the Chicagoland area, the $100,000 Hawthorne Derby, Presented by BetMakers, was contested at 1 1/8 miles over a Yielding turf course on a blustery Sunday card. The field of six was led by 6-5 favorite Out of Deductions for trainer Chris Block. A close second choice at 8-5 was Really Good for Mike Maker.

When the gates sprung it was the Larry Rivelli trainee Act A Fool who quickly grabbed the lead under jockey Alexis Centeno. He opened up a 4 ˝ length lead through the opening quarter in :24.32. With longshots Wolf Hunter and Russian Hammer chasing on the backstretch, Act A Fool cruised through a half in :49.80. Into the far turn, the field started to bunch up as favored Out of Deductions drew within a couple of lengths of Act A Fool through three quarters in 1:13.92. Centeno had something left though as he asked Act A Fool at the top of the lane and the three-year-old son of Oscar Performance responded, opening up again on the lead and cruising to a 4 ˝ length score. Really Good rallied from the back of the pack to finish second while Out of Deductions held third. He was followed by Wolf Hunter, Russian Hammer and Money Agent.

Owned by Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC of Vince Foglia, Act A Fool earned $60,000 for the victory. He paid $8.40, $3.60 and $2.10 as the 3-1 third choice. Really Good returned $3.00 and $2.10 while Out of Deductions paid $2.10 to show.

Jockey Alexis Centeno was confident in Act A Fool, “He’s bred for anything. Obviously, we knew he could run well on dirt. But I knew he was going to run big today. We just needed to be patient. He never ran this far but I knew we had plenty left when we turned into the stretch. He did everything himself. He was very comfortable. As soon as we came out of the turn and asked him to go, he did. He was running easy.”


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