Win Streaks & Handicapping Contest On Sunday Night at Hawthorne
. Paul Bertucci’s Bob’s Minute Maid goes after her third consecutive victory in Hawthorne’s top level overnight event for fillies and mares Sunday night. However, the seven-year-old mare has been assigned the outside 10-slot in the tenth race “winner’s over” event.
Todd Warren will get the catch drive behind Bobs Minute Maid, who will open up as the 7-2 second choice in the wagering. The luke-warm 3-1 morning line favorites is the Odds On Racing tandem of Odds On Beth and Peine Bubbles, who took the first “winner’s over” distaff event of the meeting on June 24.
Looking to stay unbeaten at Hawthorne is Roll And Roll Stables Prime Example A (4-1), the five-year-old import who dominated the recent Sox Series, winning the July 8 Final with a lifetime best mile of 1:52.3 with driver Dave Magee. The Kim Roth trainee has been assigned post nine but may have the necessary gate speed to overcome that slot and make it four in a row.
The competitive feature field also lured Spanish Rosey (6-1), Fighting Gypsy (10-1), Badlands Legacy (10-1), Charter Lane (8-1), Mrs Grant Seven (30-1) and Rita Hall (8-1).
Handicapping Contest Tonight
Attention harness racing handicappers. You get another chance to prove you can pick winners with anyone, bet on their correctly, and then be rewarded by doing so when Hawthorne hosts another round of its Sunday Night Harness Open Handicapping Tournament tonight. More than $2,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with $1,000 going to the top finisher every Sunday. Entry fee is only $10. Entry check-in time begins at 6 p.m.
Turndorf Racing’s Maxter set a Hawthorne track record for a two-year-old male trotter with his 1:50.3 clocking in last Wednesday’s opening round of the Plesac Series. Dave Magee guided the Roger Welch trainee to the new track standard in the second event on the card and then two races later the Hall of Fame driver steered the overwhelming 1-9 favorite She’s So Hot to a 1:53.4 mile in her opening round division of the Broadway Tax series, just one-fifth off the Loyal Opposition’s freshman record. She’s So Hot was hand-driven to the wire, drawing off my nine widening lengths.
Sparkling Hawthorne Qualifiers
Six qualifiers were raced prior to the start of Hawthorne’s regularly schedule Wednesday program and there were some impressive performances among them. Lavern Hostetler’s New Balance, winner of a $35,300 Hanover and the $50,000 Plesac stakes as a freshman, tuned-up for his three-year-old bow with a front-end 2:01.3 win, finishing some twenty-three (23) lengths ahead of the nearest competitor. This trotter made his career debut last June with a second place finish in a $48,500 World Series stake at Hawthorne . . . Western Culture (Brent Holland), a Rooney Finalist, made up almost a dozen lengths in the stretch with a :26.3 last panel winning his qualifier in 1:58.2 for trainer Erv Miller . . . The New Zealand bred Anvilanunoit went three seconds faster than any other qualifier winner with a 1:54.2 clocking for trainer Dan Shetler who was behind the import in his romping 13 length victory . . . Trainer Dave McCaffrey had a pair of two-year-olds win qualifiers, Bauer’s Z Tam in 1:57 flat and Mr C’Z Tam in 1:59 with a :28 last quarter . . . The freshman trotter Fox Valley Odyssey was three-plus lengths the best in 2:02 flat getting ready for his first outing for trainer John Butenschoen. The Vaporizer offspring is owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and Jim Edgar, the former governor of Illinois.