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Rivelli pair headline Showtime Deb field

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Rivelli pair headline Showtime Deb field

Owners Richard Ravin, V-Leaf Stables LLC of Vince Foglia and trainer Larry Rivelli will send out a tough duo in Saturday’s $75,000 Showtime Deb Stakes at Hawthorne. The Showtime Deb is for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies to be contested at six furlongs on the main track.

The 2-1 morning line favorite in the Showtime Deb is Richie’slilwildcat. After opening her career with a second-place effort against open-company maidens at Arlington on July 7, she defeated similar company by 3 ¾ lengths in her second career start. That effort vaulted her into the Arlington Washington Lassie where she set the early pace before fading late to finish fifth in the 13-horse field. Her most recent race was an easy victory against optional claiming allowance runners at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1. Jose Valdivia, Jr. comes in to ride on Saturday.

The second Rivelli entrant, and second choice in the morning line at 3-1 is Jean Elizabeth. She was a winner at first asking at Arlington against state-bred company on Aug. 17. She shifted over to Hawthorne for her second start, which was an impressive 8 ¼ length score against optional claiming allowance runners on Oct. 12. Julio Felix gets the call once again on Jean Elizabeth.

Trainer Michelle Boyce sends out Speed Devil for owners S.D. Brille Limited Partnership. Speed Devil comes out of the same race at Arlington Park where Jean Elizabeth debuted as Speed Devil finished third in that start. She shifted to Hawthorne for her second start as she moved to the turf course.  The effort was impressive as she controlled the pace while defeating open-company maidens by 5 ¾ in the mile turf event. Speed Devil will be ridden again by Santo Sanjur and is 6-1 in the morning line.

Also at 6-1 in the line is Strollin the Bayou for owners Moabo Stables LLC and trainer Chris Block. Strollin the Bayou comes out of the same debut race as Jean Elizabeth and Speed Devil as she split those two at the finish in that start. After finishing fourth in her second career start, Strollin the Bayou was an easy winner in her third start, scoring by seven lengths on Sept. 23. Edgar Perez rode her in her most recent race and rides again on Saturday.

Royal’s Position is one of a pair for owner William Stiritz and trainer Scott Becker that also includes Isabellacannetella. At 8-1 in the morning line, Royal’s Position has taken well to the Hawthorne strip. After finishing fourth in her debut at Fairmount Park on Sept. 23, She moved to Hawthorne and posted a second-place effort in her first start over the track on Oct. 7. She enters the Showtime Deb off a recent maiden win at Hawthorne on Oct. 27.  Victor Santiago gets the call.

The field for the Showtime Deb:

 

PP           Horse                               Jockey                  Trainer                 M/L

1              Romantic Attack               J. Diego                 J. Childers              30-1

2              Speed Devil                      S. Sanjur               M. Boyce                 6-1

3              Isabellacannetella           C. Emigh               S. Becker               12-1

4              Royal’s Position                V. Santiago          S. Becker                 8-1

5              Strollin the Bayou            E. Perez                C. Block                  6-1

6              Jean Elizabeth                   J. Felix                   L. Rivelli                 3-1

7              Richie’slilwildcat               J. Valdivia             L. Rivelli                  2-1

8              Tumultuous Gal              C. Ulloa                  D. Campbell        30-1

9              Cowgirl Callie                  R. Prescott             E. Essenpreis      12-1

10            Hide the Honey              V. Bailon                S. Manley             20-1

Eagle, Scuba Headline Field for Hawthorne Gold Cup

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Barbara Weidl

Eagle, Scuba Headline Field for Hawthorne Gold Cup

Saturday marks the 80th running of the most historic race on Hawthorne’s calendar as the $150,000, Grade 3 Hawthorne Gold Cup returns. To be contested at 1 ¼ miles over the Hawthorne main track, a field of eight has assembled with a mix of locals and out of towners. A trio of graded stakes winners in Eagle, Scuba, and Hay Dakota lead the way in the Gold Cup.

The 8-5 morning line favorite in the Hawthorne Gold Cup is Eagle, from the barn of trainer Neil Howard.  The 2016 winner of the Grade 3 Ben Ali at Keeneland and second-place finisher of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill last year, Eagle has raced with mixed results during his 2017 campaign. He opened the season with a pair of fourth-placed efforts in the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap and Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds.  He returned to Keeneland in April, finishing second in this year’s edition of the Grade 3 Ben Ali before a flat effort in the Pimlico Special in May.  He got back on track though, winning the Michael Schaefer Memorial at Indiana Grand before running a good second in the Grade 3 Iselin at Monmouth in August.  He enters the Gold Cup off a fifth-place performance in the Grade 3 Lukas Classic at Churchill in his most recent start. Ty Kennedy gets the call aboard Eagle on Saturday.

The 9-5 second-choice in the Gold Cup is the Brendan Walsh trained Scuba. The multiple graded stakes winning gelding posted a big 2016 campaign, finding the board in all eight of his starts last year.  His season closed with a bang, as he rattled off victories in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at Parx, the Temperence Hill Invitational at Belmont, and capped his season by winning the Grade 2 Marathon on Breeders’ Cup day. Receiving a break after his Marathon win, Scuba began his 2017 season with sixth and fifth-place efforts respectively in the Ben Ali and Flat Out Stakes. After running fourth in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine, he finished second in the Birdstone at Saratoga on Aug. 3. Scuba enters the Gold Cup off a pair of sixth-place efforts in the Greenwood Cup and Temperence Hill but figures to be the pace of the race on Saturday. Alonso Quinonez gets the call on Saturday to ride.

The field for the Hawthorne Gold Cup:

PP           Horse                                    Trainer                 Jockey             M/L

1              Hay Dakota                         J. Berndt              C. Roman            12-1

2              Futile                                   C. Hartman        R. Prescott           6-1

3              Side Pocket                        J. Smith, Jr.          V. Santiago         15-1

4              Volgograd                           H. Rodriguez      E. Perez              20-1

5              Eagle                                     N. Howard         T. Kennedy         8-5

6              Van Damme                       R. Gorham          T.D. Houghton   8-1

7              Empirestrikesagain          A. Mitchell          S. Sanjur              15-1

8              Scuba                                    B. Walsh            A. Quinonez       9-5

Pair of State-bred Sprints on Saturday Undercard

The top sprinters in the state will also be on the track on Saturday as part of the Gold Cup day undercard. Race four on Saturday is the $100,000 Powerless Stakes for Illinois-bred fillies and mares to be contested at six furlongs. Race eight is the Lightning Jet Handicap as the state-bred boys sprint for $100,000.

Puntsville has been installed as the even-money favorite in the Powerless Handicap for trainer Michelle Boyce.  A winner of 10 of 20 career starts, Puntsville has won three of four races in 2017, including the Hoist Her Flag Stakes at Canterbury and the Richie Scherer Memorial at Arlington Park.  Regular rider Victor Santiago gets the call on Puntsville. 

The Lightning Jet Handicap is a rematch of the top two finishers from the state-bred Buck’s Boy Handicap earlier this month at Hawthorne. The winner of that race, Goneghost, is the 2-1 morning line favorite as one of a pair for trainer Scott Becker in the race that also includes the speedy D’Rapper (5-2). Trainer Michele Boyce with saddle talented three-year-old Devileye, who faced the first defeat of his career in the Buck’s Boy, finishing second to Goneghost.

The fields for the Powerless and Lightning Jet Handicaps:

Powerless Handicap

PP           Horse                                    Trainer                 Jockey                  M/L

1              Kalispell                                J. Johns                O. Hernandez    10-1

2              Dr Winn Kyi                         S. Manley            R. Prescott          8-1

3              Puntsville                            M. Boyce             V. Santiago         1-1

4              Darlin Rosie                        R. Dobbs, Jr.       C. Roman             12-1

5              Jolee                                     A. Mitchell          S. Sanjur              9-2

6              Ima Little Kitten                 R. Lindsay            J. Molina, Jr.       12-1

7              Church Road                      S. Manley            C. Ulloa                 6-1

8              Shar Ran                             M. Tomlinson    E. Perez                10-1

Lightning Jet Handicap

PP           Horse                                    Trainer                 Jockey                  M/L

1              Goneghost                         S. Becker             V. Santiago         2-1

2              Mexico Memories           L. Hellman           A. Quinonez       20-1

3              Reigning Catfish                 J. Smith, Jr.         C. Roman             8-1

4              Devileye                              M. Boyce             S. Sanjur              7-2

5              D’Rapper                             S. Becker             V. Bailon              5-2

6              Cashel Rock                        D. Matthews      J. Lopez                10-1

7              Armando’s Star                 M. Cristel             R. Prescott          5-1

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