Turf Stakes Provide Exciting Finishes
weekend at Hawthorne kicked off the start of the state-bred stakes schedule as
a pair of turf stakes returned and provided exciting finishes. Illinois-bred females were featured on Friday
in the Illini Princess Handicap while the boys were the focus Saturday in the
of eight lined up in the Illini Princess Handicap as New York shipper Bramble
Queen was sent away as the 2-1 choice for trainer Mike Dini. Leaving quickly from the gate and crossing
over was speedy Kool Kate as she carved out fractions over the firm turf course
of :23.99, :48.33, and 1:12.47 in the 1 1/16 mile
event. Chased throughout by Lovely Loyree, Kool Kate maintained her lead into the lane as
Bramble Queen geared up her move for jockey C.H. Marquez, Jr.
Kool Kate was still up by a length as Lovely Loyree
continued to chase but Bramble Queen was closing quickly. Inside the final sixteenth, Bramble Queen ran
on by, winning by a length and a quarter over Kool Kate. Lovely Loyree held
third. After a steward’s inquiry, Kool
Kate was disqualified from second to third for crossing over early and impeding
Queen stopped the clock in 1:43.26, earning $33,030 in the $55,050 event. Bramble Queen is owned by Ballybrit
Stable LLC and returned $6.40, $3.40, and $2.40. Lovely Loyree came
back $4.00 and $3.00 while Kool Kate paid $2.60 to show.
Buck’s Boy Handicap
Saturday’s feature saw ten battle in the Buck’s Boy as trainer Michelle Boyce’s Blue
Sky Kowboy was sent off at the 8-5 favorite. Trainer Chris Block had a pair in the Buck’s
Boy as speedy Don’task Don’ttell
cleared the early lead and opened up through fractions of
:23.84, :47.99, and 1:11.36 on the firm turf in the 1 1/16 mile event.
the lane, it appeared Don’task Don’ttell
may steal the race as he had opened up a five length lead for jockey Julio Felix. Mid-stretch, a pair picked up the chase as
2018 Buck’s Boy champ Cammack and 2017 Hawthorne
Derby runner-up Blue Sky Kowboy were closing
quickly. Late in the lane Cammack grabbed the lead between horses as Blue Sky Kowboy rallied on the outside. It was a head bob on the wire with Blue Sky Kowboy winning by a whisker over Cammack
in 1:41.78. Don’task
Don’ttell held on the finish third.
Sky Kowboy returned $5.40, $3.80, and $2.60 for
owners Terry Biondo, Oak Rock Racing LLC, Laura
Donohoe, Cherrywood Racing Stables, II, and rider C.H. Marquez, Jr. Cammack paid $5.80
and $3.80 while Don’task Don’ttell
paid $3.00 to show. Blue Sky Kowboy earned $33.540 in the $55,900 Buck’s Boy.