Friday Night Lights Shine on Distaff Open

By Mike Paradise  

Quaid Racing’s Char N Marg goes after her fourth consecutive victory Friday night at Hawthorne and her second straight in the $10,000 Open Pace with the meet’s leading driver Casey Leonard.

The 3-year-old Nelson Willis trained filly and her driver took advantage of a torrid early dual a week ago between the 3-1 second choice Seeyouatthefinish (Kyle Husted) and the 11-1 longshot Scarlet N Silk (Todd Warren) and powered past in the lane as the 9-5 public’s choice.

Seeyouatthefinish was four deep in the first turn leaving from the eight post and tonight is saddled with the outside 10-hole.

Scarlet N Silk, post five tonight, kept Seeyouatthefinish parked out through a 27.3 first quarter and when Husted tried to back things down Warren came out after her with Scarlet N Silk and was on her outside through a blistering 54.3 first half.


Not surprisingly both mares were finished soon after the three-quarter (11:23.3) mark as Chan N Marg flew past them on route to her 1:52.3 victorious mile (pictured in a Four Footed Photo).

A newcomer to Hawthorne’s summer filly and mare Open is back after a very successful campaign on the big track in Stickney, Illinois. She’s Mystical Nectar, an 8-year-old mare who loved the track’s long stretch during its winter meet.

Mystical Nectar is full sister to the prominent ICF mare Mystical Victress (1:50.4, $846,713), a three-time Super Night champion who concluded her racing career at the end of the 2013 season with 49 lifetime victories.

Mystical Nectar cruised to victories for Michigan owner Gregory Gardner in her first three Hawthorne starts back in January despite not racing since July of 2014 when she was sidelined with a cracked sesamoid requiring surgery, missing over a year of racing.

While Mystical Nectar was knocking off much easier mares in the Ohyouprettything Series than she’ll be facing in Friday’s Hawthorne Open, the Scott Osterhout took on some rugged foes when she left Chicago and as done very well.

The mare didn’t miss a check in her four starts at Yonkers, winning once, and then headed to Philadelphia where she 2 of her 3 starts on its five-eighths mile track, the last in 1:52.2 in a high level $15,000 conditioned pace.

Mystical Nectar was handicapped with the nine-slot in Hawthorne’s tenth race feature and will be steered for the first time by Travis Seekman.

The first eight [posts will be manned by Sure You Are (James Lackey), Lexington lady (Matt Krueger), Incredible Filly (Matt Avenatti), Feetonthedashboard (Dale Hiteman), Scarlet N Silk (Todd Warren), Char N Marg (Casey Leonard), Young American (Frank Petrelli) and OK Heavenly (Pat Curtin).