Hawthorne will be running two stakes races on Saturday, November 9; the Showtime Deb and Sun Powers Stakes each with a $100,000 purse.
I’m hoping Alex Canchari gets back the few steps he lost after leaving an amazing summer at Canterbury and setting foot in Chicago. He has a couple chances on Saturday’s card.
Sun Power Stakes: A small field of two-year old colts and geldings go six furlongs in this one for a chance at the $100,000. Five will head to the gate with the early morning line favorite the #1 Solar Flair ridden by Rosemary Homeister. The Rivelli horse, Rambling Richie, gets the next pick followed by Bad Boy Peter with Seth Martinez in the irons. I’ll take Bad Boy Peter for the win. (3, 1, 2)
The Showtime Deb Stakes is the 7th race on the card and Canchari will have to pull out one of those long shot miracles he has in order to win on the #8 Immoral Lifestyle who goes off at 20/1. I hope he can beat the odds on this one but it’s a big field of 12 and lots of contenders. The Illinois favorite is the always-dependable, Cow Catcher. Wayne Catalano has Alittlebitofcandy with Israel Ocampo getting the mount. Prairie Vista is another one to watch with leading Hawthorne jockey Tim Thornton aboard. But, I’m going with the #6 Church Road at a cool 5/1 on the line. (6, 4, 9)
The best races on the Saturday card are the #5 and #6.
In Race 5, fourteen $25,000 claimers (including the also-eligibles) go for the $20,000 purse. Canchari picks up Kentucky bred Stig’s Deputy. Two other Kentucky horses are also here, Artful Bee and Oh My Todd, all of which are racing well in Chicago. Canchari is also listed on the also-eligible IfoundmyMojo (let’s hope he has). Other Florida shippers include Yankee Injunuity and Wekiva Wachee. The morning line favorite is Minnesota’s Jost Van Dyke at 7/2. The home-state horses are Uno Pecador, Big Looie, Sahm Like It Hot, Peters Rock and Luck With a Kiss. Luck With a Kiss is a Reavis horse ridden by Thornton. I have to go with this one and also put the lone Iowa entry, Jifquick, on my ticket. This will be a good race. They all run well at Hawthorne. If Jost Van Dyke makes it to the gate, I’ll put him and Stig’s Deputy in my Super.
(Alex Canchari on Devil and a Half)
Race 6 reunites Alex Canchari with the horse that gave him his first stakes victory. He remounts Devil and a Half for Hugh Robertson. Canchari and Devil and a Half won the Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes at Oaklawn on April 7. This horse has one victory on its record and that was the Arkansas Breeders with Canchari aboard. Devil has been in Chicago but finally Canchari gets the leg up. I want a win for both of them. It would be good for Devil and good for Alex. Unfortunately, they’ll have to deal with Runaway Pepper, Jack’s Tiger (MN), Part’n Parcel, When Willy Win and Stunning Split (the favorite), to name a few.
Runaway Pepper just might be my horse to watch and am hoping he gets out of Chicago. Trained by Dale Bennett, Runaway Pepper has 12 starts in 2013 and has been in the money all 12 times! Five of the 12 were first place finishes. He recently joined the Hawthorne stables from Keeneland with a victory on October 19. Runaway Pepper is normally ridden by Calvin Borel but Edgar Perez will get the mount at Hawthorne.
(Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Arizona)
Several Minnesota riders and trainers drop tack in Phoenix, Arizona for the winter. The winter in Minnesota is long and at Turf Paradise so is the racing season! Live Racing from October 5, 2013 – May 6, 2014 which means riders can finish the Canterbury meet in September and move straight to Phoenix and be back to Canterbury for the start of the summer meet again. Riders who don’t like to gather up their gear every three or four months, head for Phoenix.
Turf Paradise hosts some familiar names.
Trainers, David Van Winkle, Dickie Martinez, Miguel Silva, Valorie Lund, Dan McFarlane, Sherri Laing and Louis Canchari all have horses running at Turf Paradise.
Minnesota-connected jockeys Scott Stevens, Anne von Rosen, Patrick Canchari, Giovanni Franco, Marcus Swiontek, Juan Rivera and Jake Barton (even though he came to Canterbury from Canada, we still claim him as ours) all ride in Phoenix and are having a successful meet as the current standings indicate:
1. Jorge Carreno
2. Scott A. Steven
3. Geovanni Franco
4. Jake Barton
5. Anne Von Rosen
Veteran’s Day at Turf Paradise brings out several Canterbury connections. Parris Island Babe, Sixtysix Margaux, Mancala, Maj’r Ruler, and Chisenau get on the card. Familiar horses in the heat include, Contact, trained by Dan McFarlane, takes to the Turf Paradise track on November 10. Contact hasn’t been able to find the Winner’s Circle – like never. His best performances were a second place on Oct. 20 at Turf Paradise and a second place finish on August 23 at Canterbury. Contact – always the bridesmaid.
Sixtysix Margaux certainly knows her way to the Winner’s Circle! She’s been there three of her last three starts. Her most recent win coming on Oct. 14 on this track.
Mancala is in Race 5 on the card and needs to show some improvement. One thing about Mancala – he’s consistent. Consistently in fourth place.
Maj’r Ruler, trained by Miguel Silva, had his best finish at Canterbury winning on May 27. He’s improving at Turf Paradise with a second place finish on October 9.
Ah, Chisenau. I always like Chisenau. His last win was June 15 at Canterbury. In 16 starts, he has hit the board nine times. Giving him a 56% chance of getting in the money and he has always been in the top 4 finishers. Good bet on a Superfecta ticket.
Some of the best show up on November 12: Borealis Way, Hava Cigar and Claypool are all in.
Borealis Way had an impressive meet at Canterbury, hitting the board three out of four start and finished fourth in the H.B.P.A. Distaff Sprint at Canterbury as well. However, Borealis Way must not like the heat in Phoenix. Best finish is sixth at Turf Paradise back on Oct. 23.
Claypool, however, is the complete opposite. With Scott Stevens aboard, Claypool got the only two wins of his career at Turf Paradise. A dismal ninth place finish in the Manitoba Lotteries Derby made this horse look towards the West early!
Hava Cigar is also a consistent runner. Ran only four times at Canterbury and got in the money four times! So far in 2013, Hava Cigar has finished either first or second in 6 out of his 9 starts. This is a horse to watch. Anne Von Rosen is his usual rider and she keeps that mount in Race 6.
Good luck! Be sure to follow my next blog. Miss Post Parade will be back with the first jockey feature. I know I promised Paco Lopez, but am going to finish out the Hawthorne meet with top rider Timothy Thornton. Let’s hope I don’t put the “Sports Illustrated” curse on him!