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Rambling Richie Wires Field in Sun Power

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For Immediate Release


Rambling Richie Wires Field in Sun Power



STICKNEY, IL  -- In his first start on dirt, and only third career start, Rambling Richie used his good speed to wire the field in the Sun Power Stakes Saturday at Hawthorne.  For two-year-old colts and geldings, the 18th running of the Sun Power went with an evenly matched field of five as favoritism jumped between horses leading to post time. 

            When the gates sprung, Rambling Richie and E.T. Baird took what looked to be a contested pace and instead made the lead his own, clearing by a length in the first sixteenth of a mile.  Covering the opening quarter in :21 4/5, Rambling Richie was tracked by favorite Easy Solution, while Bad Boy Peter was rank and steadied into the turn.  Solar Flair rated close up, followed by Hayq’s Fable.  Following a half in :46, Rambling Richie was challenged by Easy Solution, but Baird remained confident in the saddle.  When he roused his runner at the top of the stretch, Rambling Richie opened up and drew clear for the win, stopping the clock for the six furlongs in 1:11.  Solar Flair closed along the rail to run second while Easy Solution finished third.

            Trained by Larry Rivelli, Rambling Richie was sent off at 2-1 and returned $6.80, $3.00, and $2.10.  Solar Flair came back $2.80 and $2.10 while Easy Solution returned $2.40 to show.

            E.T. Baird’s instructions were easy, “Larry (Rivelli) told me to just come out of the gate in good order.  Get him out there the best I could.  Just hold my ground and let him run his own race.  The other horse came up to us at the top of the stretch but I was just kind of biding time, giving my horse the best shot that I could.”

            Trainer Larry Rivelli only had to worry about the surface, “Our main concern was whether or not he would like the dirt.  Most of the horses in here are turf or Polytrack horses.  But his last two breezes over this track were very good so we were pretty confident.  I knew that once he made the lead, he wouldn’t let anybody by.  I told E.T. that once he got the front end he was going to be tough to beat.  It worked out well.”

            Rosemary Homeister, Jr. got a solid effort from Solar Flair, “He ran awesome! I think if I had an outside post he might have caught that horse today because I was sitting in the catbird’s seat but I just couldn’t get through.  On the turn, I was going easy.  That horse was able to take off before I could and he went on and I took off, but he got the jump on me.”

            Marlon St. Julien was aboard Easy Solution, “Everything went well. It was his first time on a regular dirt track.  He broke so hard he lost his footing away from there.  It might have cost him a little bit, but I had every chance after that.  I couldn’t get by him.”

            Hawthorne races five days per week, through the end of the year and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 2:10 PM.  On Fridays through November 29, first post will be 3:10 PM.  Beginning December 4, first post will be 1:20 PM daily.  Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave.  For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at

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