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Williamson Fillies on Fire

DAK’s Daily Diary

Tuesday, March 14, 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: 35 degrees, westerly winds at 20 m.p.h. (headwind in stretch)

Track: Fast

Times: 1/2 second slow

Multiple Win Day:

Jockeys – Perez (3), Emigh (2)

Trainers –Williamson (2)


Despite a strong headwind into the stretch, the main track played fairly. Three of the nine winners posted gate-to-wire scores, but the other six were equally distributed between inside stalkers, outside stalkers and deep closers.


  • In the Illinois Derby prep, Devilofarush, the longest shot on the board at 9-2, won quite convincingly. Creative Force, a big, rambling individual who would much prefer to kick from behind into a legitimate pace, gutted out a second place effort. Tally Up looked loaded turning for home, but quit badly in the stretch for Brian Williamson. Devilofarush is not nominated to the Illinois Derby.
  • Williamson’s day may not have started off on the right hoof, but it certainly got better. He added two more wins to his red hot total, scoring in the featured fourth race optional claimer with the impressive Capistrano, and getting his picture taken with Woodland Sprite following her ninth race wire job. The double pushed the barn to the top of the trainer standings with nine wins from 20 starts (45 percent).
  • Eddie Perez bagged his first hat trick of the meet, partnering with Golden Alphabet (3rd), Huntgate (7th) and Fitzroyal (8th).

Horses to Watch:

  • Get in Gear – off slow, lost two lengths, finished well
  • Deputy Jack – off slow, lost two lengths, middle move
  • Velvet Peaks – awkward start, lost two lengths, bumped stretch, closed into slow pace
  • Julie Truly – chased slow pace, middle move turn, evenly late

Best of luck, and keep on Horsin’ Around!


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