For more details on Hawthorne Showvivor, please see the post "On the Eve of Hawthorne Showvivor".
Our Day 1 pick, ART OF SURVIVAL, scratched out before the start of the day. As per the contest rules when there's a scratch we get the post-time favorite of the race we selected. So we got MISSJEANLOUISE instead. She was the 7-5 favorite for trainer Wayne Catalano. (See link at bottom for a full chart.)
|8th race - Hawthorne - February 24, 2012|
|Off at: 5:11 Race Type: Allowance||Video Race Replay|
|Age Restriction: Three Year Old and Upward|
|Sex Restriction: Fillies and Mares|
|Distance: Six Furlongs On The Dirt|
|Track Condition: Muddy|
|Winning Time: 1:12.02|
|2||Lock N Lola||Francisco Giles||27.80||8.00|
|3||Sacred Honor||Eduardo E. Perez||3.80|
|Also ran: 8 - Cowgirl Knockout , 4 - Silky Sami , 7 - Richysthunderingal , 9 - Yorona , 1 - Hello Hannah|
|Scratched horses: Art of Survival (Trainer)|
|Wager Type||Winning Numbers||Payoff|
|$2 Pick 3||2-2/5-5/6 (3 correct)||208.40|
|$2 Daily Double||2-6||17.40|
|Winning Breeder: Charles Galli|
|Winning Owner: Charles Galli|
|Winning Trainer: Wayne M. Catalano|
(Results courtesy of Equibase.)
As seen above, MISSJEANLOUISE won the feature at Hawthorne. So we get credit for the Showvivor victory. Granted, we backed into our Day 1 spoils. But we are alive to fight another day.
The program for Saturday February 25 has its feature earlier in the day. We once again go to the feature for our Showvivor Play.
Hawthorne -- Race 4 -- N2X/$35K AOC -- 1 1/16 miles , Dirt -- Post time 3:10 CT
There appear to be a lot of come-from-behind types in this field of six, so let's try a forwardly placed runner in CHAMPION KID. Cisco Torres (a good gate/speed rider) takes the mount on this runner who pressed and pounced to clear the N1X condition last December. Trainer is 19% winners with layoff runners of this length. Like the fact he's got four wins and three seconds in nine career starts at Hawthorne. P D Q KIDDO scratched out of a $25K claimer at Oaklawn to come back home to Hawthorne. He has returned and he faces a softer field than last fall across town at Arlington or in stakes company in 2010. He hasn't seen the winners' circle since November 2009 in an N3X (and he's up for sale today for the low price of $35K). If he runs back to his 2009/2010 form he should win with ease, but I'm taking a stand against on the long layoff and even longer win drought. However, you have to respect the owner and trainer taking him home. SACRED GROUND has been collecting checks in similar claiming races (he too is in for $35k) at other midwest tracks like Prairie Meadows and Canterbury. He hasn't won since spring at Hawthorne, but is nine of eleven in the money over the local course. He does seem to miss more often than hit at this level, but has two straight thirds.
#3 CHAMPION KID (6/1)
#2 P D Q KIDDO (9/5)
#4 SACRED GROUND (6/1)
Longshot: I already took the two highest morning lines. Nothing to see here.