THE BUCK’S BOY HANDICAP
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.