Well today proved to be a successful day! I hit the trifecta in Race 6. Canchari aboard Miss Darla, and she wins by 8 lengths! All top jocks remain in the same spots as Hernandez, Canchari and Thornton all got wins today.
Race 1: Jim Miller and I only agree on one here, and that’s the #12, Muvnon with Ocampo in the irons. In a field of 13, I’ll take four: Kipson is the lone MInnesotan in the race and on my ticket for sure. Canchari gets a Catalano ride with the #8 Hurricane Bob again, but couldn’t do much with him in last out. I’m going to stick with Thornton on the 7/2 fav in #3 Illusive Fugitive. (12, 10, 8, 3)
Race 2: The trifecta here is one I’ll put money on and one of those magical moments: 6-1-2 Minneapolis area code. The #6 is Catfeinated (Ocampo/Brueggemann/Midwest Thoroughbreds), the #1 is Static Kill (Bennett/Thornton) and the #2 is the Minnesota Kid himself, Alex Canchari, on another Scherbenske winner, Devils Tower. (6, 1, 2)
Race 3: Small field – only six. Rivelli, Scherer and Berndt all got in this one. Unfortunately, I’m with Miller’s selections here #4 Wall Student with #2 jock Hernandez, #6 Bobby Mac, the Rivelli horse and #4 Corinthians Secret. I’m actually not going to go with Miller’s pick in Corinthians Secret and take the #1 Kip Hip Hooray instead and hope he doesn’t scratch. (4, 6, 1)
Race 4: Big field again, so I’ll take a Superfecta. I’ve seen My Pal Paul, Culpa and Brocket all run, but out of the three I’ll take #9 My Paul Paul and shy away from the others. I’m going with the #8 Fort Reps and the #7 Call Me Wonderful in the money and will fill my super with either the #13 Prado U or the #11 Swarm (with a nod to the Minnesota Swarm). Just a note that Canchari is on the #4 Battered in this race and worth a shot in your Super at 20-1 which doesn’t mean much if you follow Canchari. If you’ve even seen Alex Canchari at Canterbury you know he likes to make an entrance. He’s usually the last one out of the jockey tunnel and has been known to sit on the steps to intentionally be last. He’s either winning by 8 lengths like on Miss Darla today, or he’s coming from last in the pack on a long shot to win at 45-1 like he did on Sunday. (Superfecta – 9, 7, 8, 11 or 4)
Race 5: #6 Scorned Woman is the fav in this one and I’ll take #5 Jury Wise as well. Miller wants the #1 Ko Ko Fleur which is the front runner, but I’ll take the #4 Deeveeare. This horse has run a couple times at the Chicago tracks and I’m starting to believe. The Bug, Colvin, get this mount. (6, 5, 4)
Race 6: #3 Star of Class (Ocampo/Catalano) is the morning fav. #1 Lahshad is 3/1, and I’ll skip the Thornton/Reavis connection on the #6 Seeking Love and go with the owners instead the #8 Cheroben and Clabor Mor Stable. (3, 1, 8)
Race 7: Purse of $32,000 on this one, not bad and the picks are difficult. There’s 10 in here, but I’ll take only three. The morning lines are tight and all the tops are in this one. Our boy Canchari is on the #5 Bella Serenade (Catalano), #4 Shezasmittenkitten (Ocampo) and #2 Kitchen Boss (Thornton/Reavis). If there’s a scratch, I’ll take the #3 Controlled Chaos. (5, 4, 2)
Race 8: I’m tempted to take all three bugs in this one, but will only go with two: #5 Buzzin at Midnight, #6 Holy White Socks (the Minnesotan) and will take the favorite #9 Vany’s Girl. Miller has the #7 Dukette’s Flame with the 5 and 6, and he might be right. Dukette’s Flame won the last time out. (5, 6, 9)
Race 9: The Night Cap proves to be the most perplexing of the day! All the big names are on the card for this race, and at a $5,000 claimer and a $11,000 purse, I’m wondering why. Reavis, Brueggemann, Berndt, Brinson and Dorris are in as well as the top five jockeys at Hawthorne. What gives?! Hawthorne expert Miller is going with $4, Awesome Rules, #6 Winningcherokee and #1 Lemon Custard. He conspicuously dodged the Megatron in this race: the #5 Powers Ofthe Court (Thornton/Brueggemann/Midwest Thoroughbreds). Hmm… what does he know? Of course he bounced around Canchari (as usual) and didn’t take the 8/1 #8 Don’t Bluff. I might do a Super in this one just to cover all my bases. I’m going with #5 Powers Ofthe Court for obvious reasons (Ocampo/Brueggemann/Midwest Thoroghbreds). #6 Winningcherokee also has an Israel in the irons and as you know I always put at least one if not two Israels on my ticket. Tim Thornton remains the #1 jockey at Hawthorne and he’s on the #4 Awesome Rules and I’ll take that. As far as filling the Super … whew … I really want to like the veteran Lemon Custard and the #2 jock Raf Hernandez takes the reigns, but this horse ran last week and won (last week!), a nine-year old and 5/1 in this field. Not sure why the Reavis horse #2 Kera’s Kitten isn’t getting more play at 6/1 nor the #8 Don’t Bluff at 8/1. (5, 6, 4 over 8 or 1)
That’s it for the 31st. I’ll be back handicapping the Breeder’s Cup and will post my picks for both days on Thursday night and will get back to Hawthorne on Sunday. Good Luck! Hopefully, next month I’ll begin my feature on Hot Jocks and will include a special feature on Jocks behaving badly – ironically many of them have mounts in the Breeder’s!
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Miss Slewsie Lu