BABYBLUESBDANCING TAKES PAT WHITWORTH ILLINOIS DEBUTANTE
Lizabeth Gore’s Babybluesdancing
took the lead midway through the stretch in Saturday’s 34th running
of the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante and was able to maintain that lead
through the finish, giving her her third straight
victory and her first in a stakes.
The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante is restricted to
Illinois Conceived and Foaled or Illinois Foaled 2-year-old fillies. It is
contested at one and one sixteenth miles on Hawthorne Race Course’s main track.
Trainer Terrel Gore can finally relax.
“I was so nervous I couldn’t stand it. The
races you get the most nervous in are the ones you think that you should do good. She’s looked like she would be a two turn horse
from the very start. And, I thought…I knew she had it in her to do it and she
had the experience over most of them But, until it’s over, you never know.
“She’s going to get a good vacation right
now. She’ll come back in about April or May.”
Rider Julio Felix knew he was aboard a good
thing: “I knew she wanted to go long from day one. First time going long,
she was a little too sharp, pulling a little too much early. It made me
worry a little bit. I thought she was going to get tired. The way she
did, she got a little tired, but there was no doubt in my mind that she could
go the distance. I knew that if they were going to beat her, they
would have to run to beat her.
“Every furlong or every half a furlong she’d go,
she always got better. She started off with a half mile race, she ran
fourth. Then five-eighths, she ran third. Three quarters, she
won. She won again, three quarters. Then long, she won again — I
Babybluesbdancing got the mile and a sixteenth, over a fast
track, in 1:47.14 after fractions of :24.04, :48.56,
1:13.43 and 1:40.19. She won the race by one and one quarter lengths over
Spring City Gal. It was another head back to She’s Fine Tuned.
favorite Jolee finished a non-threatening fourth.
Babybluesbdancing, the second choice in the wagering paid
$9.60, $5.40 and $3.80. Spring
City Gal returned $36.00
and $12.00. She’s Fine Tuned brought back $3.80 to show.
“BUG” BOY ULLOA
FINE AFTER SPILL
exception of the normal bumps and bruises you would expect from falling off a
Thoroughbred going full speed. Apprentice rider Carlos J. Ulloa appeared to be
fine and in good spirits after he lost his irons aboard Repeat Afleet going
around the first turn in Saturday’s ninth race.