With a reconfigured stakes calendar for the 2013 Hawthorne Fall meet, the opening weekend feature will be the Grade 3, $200,000 Hawthorne Derby for three-year-olds on the grass at a mile and an eighth.
According to Hawthorne Race Course Stakes Coordinator Debbie Lindsay, a field of between nine to twelve runners will see the starter in the sophomore sod event on Saturday, October 5. Twelve at most can run on the Hawthorne turf.
Probables for the race at publish time include the following:
- CHARMING KITTEN, fourth in the off-turf G3 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame last out.
- INFINITE MAGIC, second in a division of the G2 Del Mar Derby last out.
- DORSETT, sixth in a division of the G2 Del Mar Derby last out.
- ULTIMO TRAGO, an Illinois-bred winner of three straight allowance races.
- MONGOLIAN SATURDAY, second in the Researcher Stakes at Charles Town last out.
- KID DREAMS, fourth in a division of the G2 Del Mar Derby last out.
- MORO TAP, sixth in the G3 American Derby two starts back.
- LUKE'S ALLEY, a lightly-raced winner of two straight at Woodbine.
- ALWAYS CURIOUS, third in the Restoration Stakes at Monmouth last out.
Two horses on the fence are FRAC DADDY and FIVE IRON, with the latter also considering the G1 Jamaica at Belmont as well.
The Hawthorne Derby Day program also sees the Indian Maid Stakes, for a pot of seventy-five thousand also on the turf. Here, older females will travel a mile and sixteenth. It looks to be a mostly local affair with a field of double digits again capped at twelve. The probable cast includes STARRY EYED KATE (also a stakes winner in Minnesota two back) KEPI (a stakes winner last year), MOURETTE, KATIE THE LADY, GOLDWAY, and MULATA among the probables. Arlington stakes winner GRANDMA'S RULES also has the race in her crosshairs.
Out-of-town shippers include PRISSY (won two back on West Virginia Derby Day), SOFT WHISPER (third last out in a stakes at Kentucky Downs), and HONEY HUES (winner of three straight races at Churchill).
Both races will be part of a special night program to celebrate the opening weekend of the Hawthorne Fall meet. First post is set at 5:00 pm central. Hawthorne has lights on its course, and the lights can handle night time turf races. The Indian Maid, as of publish time, is set for race 3 and the Hawthorne Derby is set for Race 5, with the former to go around 6:00 and the latter an hour later.
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