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Buck's Boy Handicap Preview



Hawthorne’s first stakes race of the fall meet is on tap. The Buck’s Boy Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up, Illinois Conceived and/or Foaled takes place on Saturday. Carded as the third race, it will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on Hawthorne’s storied turf course.

A full field of 10 will be sent to post at approximately 4:06 pm, Central time.

Buck’s Boy, bred by Noel Hickey (Irish Acres Farm, in Florida) was sold to Quarter B Farm (George Bunn) in Pleasant Plains, Illinois continued to be conditioned by Hickey. Campaigned often in Illinois, Buck’s Boy won the Hawthorne Gold Cup in 1997 and went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The following year, at age five, Buck’s Boy won a number of important races, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and was named The United States Champion Turf Horse.

Although this field doesn’t contain any Breeders’ Cup winners, stakes coordinator Debby Lindsey assembled a talented group.

Morning line maker Jim Miller pegged Christian C, owned by Patricia’s Hope LLC and trained by Larry Rivelli as the morning line favorite at 5-2. Carrying the co-high weight of 123 pounds, Christian C will be piloted by Jareth Loveberry.

Christian C, a 6-year-old, has been lightly raced so far in his career. He’s had only 19 races so far but he has been victorious in eight of them (five on the turf), including his last two in allowance optional claimers at Arlington.

Five-year-old Blue Sky Kowboy (7-2), sharing highweight honors, drew the rail. Owned by Terry Biondo, Oak Rock Racing LLC (Margaret Burlingham), Laura Donohoe & Cherrywood Racing Stables, II (Michele Boyce) and trained by Michele Boyce, Blue Sky Kowboy will be ridden by C H Marquez Jr. This gelding finished fourth, as the favorite, in this race last year.

Cammack (5-1), the most “seasoned” member of this field, is also the most successful. Bred and owned by Team Block (David Block) and trained by Chris Block (one of three he has entered in this race), the 9-year-old Cammack will carry 121 pounds, including rider Jose Lopez. Cammack has been victorious in 14 of his 44 races and has earned in excess of $479,000. Cammack is also the defending champion of this race. His recent form leaves a lot to be desired but you know the Blocks will have him at the top of his game for this race.

The “sleeper” in here might be Memory Bank (10-1). Carrying 119 pounds, Memory Bank was claimed for $40,000 from his last start. He finished second to Cammack in last year’s edition of this race. Currently trained by Steve Manley, Memory Bank is owned by John Moroney. He’ll be ridden by Chris Emigh.

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