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Illinois Champions Day Recap

Land of Lincoln Stakes – I Got it All Draws Away



The 57th edition of the Land of Lincoln stakes is in the books. It was won in fine fashion by I Got It All. I Got It All is owned by Tom Swearingen Racing Stable, L. Denk, D. Carlile and R. Bockel and trained by Tom Swearingen.


I Got It All was heavily favored in his first start of 2014 after a rousing 15-length maiden victory in his final start of 2013 but, although he led much of the way, he came up a little empty when it mattered.


Tom Swearingen explained. “We had a rough winter here and we couldn’t get the things done that we need to get done. We knew we had to get a race into him. I thought I had him ready enough for that race but evidently I didn’t have him ready enough. But, that was the tune up. He did all that was expected today.”


Swearingen continued, “He had a little injury last fall. It was totally unforeseen. The horse didn’t even know he had it. We fixed the injury, gave him a little time, and got him back in training. We were hoping to have him ready for his 3-year-old year and he came through it all remarkably well. We were lucky enough to get a race under him a couple of weeks ago which he needed. He performed right up to par today. We were quite happy.


In this race I Got It All, who displayed very good speed in his last two starts, was taken a bit off the pace. It seemed to suit him. The pace set by Rivzinthehouse was brisk. They went the first quarter in :22.35. I Got It All closed in around the turn and grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch. He never looked back.


I Got It All was ridden by Emanuel Cosme, “He relaxed all the way around,” said Cosme. “When I asked him at the quarter pole, he really moved.”


Emmanuel Esquivel rode second-place finisher and odds-on favorite Easy Solution: "There was a lot of speed, so I had to stay behind a little, wait for a spot. He came on late."


They ran the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.36 after fractions of :22.35, :46.57 and :58.73.


I Got It All, second choice in the wagering, paid $9.40, $3.60 and $2:10. Easy Solution paid $2.40 and $2.10. Solar Flair returned $2.10 to show.


The winner’s share of the $81,900 purse was $49,148. I Got It All has now accumulated $74,170 in earnings.



Peach Of It Handicap – Diva’s Diamond Impressive



Asiel Stable LLC’s Diva’s Diamond successfully defended her title by taking Saturday’s Peach of It Handicap for the second year in a row.


Diva’s Diamond, trained by Carlos Silva, raced off the pace early  along the inside of the track early on, shifted out a bit near the halfway mark, took the lead at the top of the stretch and hung on to win by a length and a quarter.


Winning rider Rafael Hernandez gave the perfect ride, “I didn’t think my horse wanted to go between horses but I had plenty of horse so I just had to wait. We just saved ground waiting for something to open up and when the moment arrived, we went through. She still had something left late and we were able to hold the other horses off.”


Leading rider Tim Thornton, finished second on Sydneyrella: "She ran a game race, just got outrun."


Chris Emigh, got up for third Our Domain: "She lost her footing a little out of the gate, but gave it a good try. She was trying, she was hanging a little with me but then they came on both sides."


Diva’s Diamond for the mile and a sixteenth on a fast dirt track in 1:45.61 after fractions of :23.86, :47.38, 1:12.96, and 1:38.95.


For the victory she earned $49,095 boosting her career earnings to $340,492.


Diva’s Diamond paid $7.80, $3.60 and $3.00

Sydneyrella returned $8.20 and $4.00

Our Domain, the betting favorite, paid $3.20 to show.


Pretty Jenny Stakes – Pistols Drawn Draws Away


                The $84,325 Pretty Jenny Stakes marked the return of Richies Sweetheart as she made her 2014 debut.  Sent off at 4-5, Richies Sweetheart showed her early speed but was fading when the horses hit the stretch.  The beneficiary of a contested pace was Pistols Drawn as she made it a pair of stakes victories on the day for jockey Rafael Hernandez and trainer Carlos Silva.

                Owned by Asiel Stable, Pistols Drawn posted her first victory while sprinting after winning a pair of route races on her career as she earned $50,595 for the victory.  Rating fourth early, she drew off to win by 6 ¼ lengths, covering the six furlongs in 1:11.59.  After getting loose behind the gate prior to the start of the Pretty Jenny, Brazyn Appeal closed to run second, a half-length ahead of Gabio.

                With the victory, Rafael Hernandez moved within two victories of the meet’s leading rider Tim Thornton.  Hernandez had a nice day for Silva, “We had a lot of luck here today.  Two stakes and two wins.  Everything is going well.  I started good this meet and am finishing up good.  This horse has been feeling good anyway and Carlos told me that she was feeling better than ever.  I did my job and she did hers.  About the three-eighths pole, she started picking it up and just drew off.”

                Emmanuel Esquivel got a good effort from Gabio, “I had good position all the way around.  As soon as we got through, she started running.  She’ll be really good next time.”

                Sent off as the 4-1 third choice, Pistols Drawn paid $10.60, $5.00, and $3.60.  Brazyn Appeal was the second longest price on the board (17-1) and returned $13.20 and $7.00 while Gabio paid $6.60 to show.


Milwaukee Avenue Handicap – Big Looie Wires Field


                Trainer Christine Janks normally gives her horses a breather after a racing season but there were a handful that stuck around to train this winter as one of those was Big Looie.  Making his third start of the spring, Big Looie didn’t disappoint as he found the front end and never looked back in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap.

                Guided by Rosemary Homeister, Jr., Big Looie broke sharply and was able to hold to field at bay, drawing clear in the lane to win by 2 ½ lengths over favorite Luv Bandit.  Big Looie covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.64.  Luv Bandit was a clear second, while Dad Are We Here closed for third. 

                Owned by S.D. Brille, Ltd. Parntership, Big Looie earned $51,720 in the $86,200 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap.  Big Looie returned $10.20, $4.60, and $3.20.  Luv Bandit came back $3.60 and $2.80 and Dad Are We Here paid $3.60 to show.

                Rosemary wasn’t planning on having the front end, “Thanks Christine.  I don’t know what the plan was for him at the start of the year but thank God it worked out.  Things didn’t go according to instruction.  We thought we might be laying third because there was so much other speed in the race.  He likes to be on the lead.  If the others wanted to go for it, let them go around me.  The rest is history.”

                Emmanuel Cosme got a solid performance from Luv Bandit, “He ran great, he never stopped running.  We saved ground all the way and when I asked him he did as much as he could.”

                Florent Geroux also got a good effort, “I had a great trip, was able to stay on the fence and save ground. Everything opened up but the speed never backed up to me.  My horse was just steady, but he ran great.”

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