STICKNEY, IL -- Illinois two-year-olds got a second chance for stakes success December 21 at Hawthorne, with the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile Stakes. The talking horse leading into the race was Mind Your Own Biz, a gate-to-wire winner at Hawthorne last month, and he ran to the expectations once again.
Though Mind Your Own Biz acted up in the gate, he settled well enough when it mattered to blast off to an immediate lead. Baba Lou, making his debut from the rail, came away well enough despite the challenging draw to track two lengths off the pace, inside of Elizabeth's Ghost. The rest were further back, including Palago, who broke slowly from the gate.
Mind Your Own Biz set an uncontested opening quarter of 22.83 under Hawthorne leading jockey Jareth Loveberry. Into the turn he kept on, setting a 46.01 half-mile while well clear of Baba Lou, who continued to give chase while Elizabeth's Ghost faded out of contention.
Into the lane, Mind Your Own Biz remained clear. Rip It Ryan, his closest pursuer on debut, was uncoiling a late run outside, as Baba Lou continued to give chase inside. Green down the lane, Rip It Ryan gained, but Mind Your Own Biz was gone. He crossed the wire two and three quarters clear of Rip It Ryan, who became the first black type-placed horse for his Illinois sire, Arcade. It was another two and a quarter lengths back to Baba Lou. Palago, A Merry Heart, and Elizabeth's Ghost completed the order of finish.
Mind Your Own Biz is a two-year-old Illinois-foaled colt by Fed Biz out of the Bring the Heat mare Kisses for Jeanne. Bred by Richard Ravin, he is owned by his breeder and Patricia's Hope LLC, of Vince Foglia. Larry Rivelli trains Mind Your Own Biz. His victory in the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile brings his career record to a perfect two-for-two, after a debut maiden win at Hawthorne on November 22. The $31,530 winner's share of the purse brought his career earnings to $45,330.
Mind Your Own Biz is the first foal out of his dam, Kisses for Jeanne. Kisses for Jeanne also raced for Rivelli, owned by Rivelli, Ravin, and Patricia's Hope. She retired a maiden after two starts, though two-year-old precocity looms close in the pedigree. Kisses for Jeanne is a full sister to One Hot Wish, who broke her maiden by twelve and a quarter lengths for trainer Wesley Ward in her debut at Keeneland on April 12, 2007. Her time, 48.87 seconds, still stands as the record for four and a half furlongs on the Keeneland main. She went on to produce fan favorite Pablo Del Monte (Giant's Causeway), who was a debut maiden winner at two just like One Hot Wish and Mind Your Own Biz.
Mind Your Own Biz stopped the timer in 1:19.15 for six and a half furlongs on fast Hawthorne dirt, and paid $2.60 to win. The $1 exacta over Rip It Ryan (5-2) returned $3.20. A trifecta with Baba Lou third (5-2-1) came back with $6.65 for each $0.50 base bet. The $0.20 superfecta with Palago fourth (5-2-1-6) paid $8.02.
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