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Rochester Cat Impresses; Emigh Stays Hot

DAK’s Daily Diary

Saturday, March 4, 2006

DAK’s Daily Diary houses Joe Kristufek’s independent, day-by-day view of Hawthorne’s individual race cards. Handicappers’ perceptions often vary, and this diary offers one man’s opinion.

Weather: 38 degrees, light easterly winds

Track: Fast

Times: Par

Multiple Win Day:

Jockeys – Emigh (3)

Trainers – None


A racetrack that favored speed and inside runners the first week of racing became much more fair on Friday, and Saturday’s track may have actually favored horses who ran away from the rail. The addition of more cushion also increases kickback, and horses pinned on the inside certainly don’t like feeling that stuff hitting them in the face. Two of the nine winners did manage to wire the field, and Spin Time did close up the wood to gain his win. Six of victors either pressed, stalked, or closed ground on the outside part of the racetrack.


Their were two very impressive winners on the Saturday card, and both horses could go on to bigger and better things . In race two, Rochester Cat, a 3-year-old Illinois-bred gelding trained by Andy Hansen, stalked the pace while in hand, before taking complete control at the top of the stretch. He extended his lead under a hand ride, and stopped the timer in 1:10 3/5 – a very impressive clocking when compared to the rest of the day’s times. Brian Williamson’s 5-year-old Illinois-bred router Air Academy fired fresh four-wide, and drew off as much the best in the 7th race optional claimer. He’s done much of his work on turf, but the way he ran Saturday, his team may have to consider pointing him for the Milwaukee Ave. Handicap on Illinois Champions Day (4-29).

Horses to Watch:

  • Mz. Winjum – closed into moderate pace; ready to stretch out
  • Rochester Cat – impressive win with plenty left
  • R.T Gulch – broke very slow, quick move 3-wide turn
  • Tee Lak – rail, dirt in face, hard try
  • Smoke N Magic – looking around stretch, room to mature
  • Timeworld – loping stride, grinding close, may want added distance
  • Mr. Otis – steadied top of the stretch, finished willingly
  • Air Academy – huge 4-wide move, easily best
  • Dress For Success – off step slow, 4-wide first turn, bold move early backstretch
  • Restless Mon – bumped repeatedly stretch, hard try
  • Itsnotluck – stumbled start, quick move backstretch, faltered

Best of luck, and keep on Horsin’ Around!



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