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The Pizza Man Battles to Carey Memorial Victory

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The Pizza Man Battles to Carey Memorial Victory


STICKNEY, IL -- The $75,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial looked to be a race that had some pace but things changed early Saturday morning when the probable pacesetter Mr. Vegas scratched.  That changed how riders rode the race and almost let to an upset victory.

            When the gates sprung in the Carey Memorial, Tazz and Rosemary Homeister, Jr. set the pace and looked to slow things down early.  They did just that, covering the opening quarter in :24 4/5 and the half in :50 1/5.  What did change was the placement of favorite The Pizza Man as Francisco Torres placed him just behind the early pace.  Able to slow things down into the turn, going three-quarters in 1:14 3/5, Tazz and The Pizza Man hooked up for a stretch duel.  With neither giving in, the pair battled to the wire, with The Pizza man prevailing by a head over Tazz, stopping the clock for the 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf course in 1:50 2/5.  The Pizza Man did have to survive a claim of foul by Homeister as the two runners brushed in the lane but no change was made.  The pair was well clear of third place finisher Mister Marti Gras in third. 

            The Pizza Man earned $45,000 for the victory to surpass $350,000 in lifetime earnings.  He returned $5.00, $3.00, and $2.10.  Tazz came back $6.00 and $3.40 while Mister Marti Gras returned $2.40 to show.

            Jockey Francisco Torres was in the winner’s circle following a stakes victory last week when Kid Dreams won the Hawthorne Derby and he was back with The Pizza Man. “Roger (Brueggemann) told me going in that Mr. Vegas scratched and he was going to be the one pushing the pace. With the way the race unfolded, we were laying closer that we normally would,” stated Torres. “I was pleased with the horse. He was racing comfortable. Tazz ran a huge race. He finished up strong. When you have this kind of race and they both battle until the finish, it makes for an exciting horserace. But, The Pizza Man delivered again.”

               Rosemary Homeister, Jr. got a big effort from Tazz, “Tazz, he ran a hell of a race. When that horse (winner The Pizza Man) hooked him at the quarter pole he dug in. It was the hardest he ever ran to try to win a race."
               Eddie Perez was aboard third place finisher Mister Marti Gras, “My horse ran really hard, but there was no pace. He finished pretty good. He's a nice little horse and he tried.”

            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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