By Mike Paradise
When the trotting star of the Jim Eaton stable Walter White goes postward in Sunday’s Open Trot he’ll be trying to do something that his two biggest rivals in the race failed to accomplish earlier this summer. . . win from the assigned 10-hole in a six horse field.
Back on June 10 Picky Picky Valor was allocated the 10-hole by the Hawthorne Race Office after rattling four consecutive victories at and finished fourth that night for trainer Gerald Hansen.
About a month later (July 7) the Nelson Willis stable’s Anna Lucky Star was designated the 10-slot by the race office after a trio of consecutive Open Trot triumphs and came up third best that night.
Last week Walter White sped to a front-stepping 1:53.1 victory with driver Juan Franco and that track record performance earned him a start in tonight’s second race from the 10-hole.
The 6-year-old gelding is owned by Robert Siberberg of Farmington Hills, Michigan and boasts a career bankroll of almost $450,000. Walter White also plenty of back class. The 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding was a double stakes winner as a freshman when he put over $130,000 on his card and he added another $81,986 as a 3-year-old when he raced on the Grand Circuit from trainer Jimmy Taker.
Walter White was acquired by trainer Jim Eaton in November of 2915 and in two and half season has earned $236,282 while making 18 visits to a winner’s circle.
Walter White has been at his best on the front-end and likely will be sprinting out from the 10-slot. How much he’ll have to work to get command, and keep it, will go a long way in his effort to beat his five opponents Sunday night: Totally Pazzazzed (Ridge Warren), Dr Spengler (Curt Grummel), Primed N Powerful (Jamaica Patton), Picky Picky Valor (Casey Leonard) and Anna’s Lucky Star (Kyle Wilfong).
Hawthorne’s computer generated morning line has analyzed that the assigned 10-hole will likely be too much to overcome tonight for Walter White, setting his first flash odds at 4-1, the third choice in the $10,000 Open.
Picky Picky Valor opens at 9-5, followed closely by Anna’s Lucky Star at 2-1. Both Totally Pazzazzed and Dr Spengler are 9-1 longshots, calculates the computer while Primed N Powerful starts off at 7-1.
With the Sunday feature the second race on the card we won’t have to wait long to see if the computer has it right.
Easy Does It: Bucklegirl Bobette ($3.00) had no trouble keeping her title as the reigning queen of Hawthorne Race Course with an easy front-stepping 1:52 mile last night with driver Travis Seekman.
The Rob Rittof trained 5-year-old ICF mare zipped away from the assigned eight slot and got an leisurely lead and a soft 29 flat first panel. Middle quarters of 27.2 and 28.1 put Bucklegirl Bobette in great shape for the stretch drive where she pulled away by a 4 and 1/2 lengths over the pocket pacer Sweetshadyshark (Kyle Hustled).
Bucklegirl Bobette has now won her last six consecutive starts at Hawthorne for Illinois owners Robert Walker, Charles Walker, Robin Klinger and Hart Walker.