Day 2 Recap: We had to sweat it out today, as our selection CHAMPION KID (The Author apologizes for not bolding the selection yesterday) decided to get unruly and take a bit of a stroll to Midway. He still ran second behind P D Q Kiddo, who went off at generous 2-1 odds. Our 2-1 finishers ran 1-2 (you can still collect off this), we got our top three finish, and we press on to the Sunday card.
The Sunday card is a tale of two cards. We've got short fields (race 1), bad races (race 2 is for the lowest level on the grounds), and short fields of bad races (race 4). Cue the sad trombone for the first two-thirds of the card.
Take an afternoon nap, go get some brunch, and come back for the final three races. There's an Illinois-bred N2X in race 7, an open N2x that's the female complement Saturday's feature in race 8, and a decent low-to-middle level claimer at the end of the day. The last third of the card is a lot more pleasing.
In the last third of the card is where we find our Showvivor play for Sunday February 26.
Hawthorne -- Race 8 -- N2X/$35K-$25K AOC -- 1 1/16 miles on dirt -- post time 5:10 CT
BIZZEE MISSEE isn't the most creative selection, but you get money (and advance further in showvivor) for being correct, not creative. This 6 y/o mare, who you can claim for $35K, won last time out for $35K before Christmas and has summertime wins for $32K, $40K, and $50K. She was thrown to the deep end in races for much higher purses against stakes winners like Dunkalk Dust and Askbut I Won'ttell, neither of which are here. Trainer statistics are solid: 21% for the entire stable, 22% in allowances. ROMAN INVADER was a length behind BIZZEE MISSEE two starts back, and finished third last start. Both starts were in today's #35K condition. She hasn't won since 2010, but did have four seconds and five thirds last year. Top rider F. Gerous takes the call on a mare that has four in the money finishes in four starts at Hawthorne. AMERICA'S BLOSSOM was third to BIZZEE MISSEE two back and beat ROMAN INVADER last out. She's a one-run closer, but with SEANSSILVERDANCER and PERFECT STRANGER in the field, she will have something to chase.
#3 BIZZEE MISSEE (3/1) <-- Showvivor Pick
#4 ROMAN INVADER (6/1)
#7 AMERICA'S BLOSSOM (9/2)
Longshot: #9 MY MY MY MARIA (10/1) cleared the first level allowance condition last December in her first try around two turns at Hawthorne. F. Torres rode that day and he has the return call. There are two in the field trained by Frank Kirby, the other is our third place selection. Sometimes it's "the other one" that gets the job done.