By Mike Paradise
With week one of the Hawthorne meet in the history books, the second weekend will focus on the opening legs of seven different Late Closer events.
There will go on Friday’s card. Just one, $9,500 the Bob Larry for pacing colts and geldings that are non-winners of $30,000 (ICF $45,000) lifetime through March 31, is on tap Saturday while trio of Late Closers will be sprinkled throughout the Sunday program.
Friday’s Daryl Busse for 3 and 4-year-old filly trotters without $10,000 lifetime earnings was split into a pair of seven-horse divisions. The second race first $9,000 split brings out first week Hawthorne winners Joe Joes Violet (Casey Leonard), from the barn of trainer Roshun Trigg, and the Kennedy Lindsey trainee Lourhianon (Tim Curtin).
They’ll be tested by She’s First Class (Mike Brink), My Dreamweaver (Kyle Husted), Ivanka (Travis Seekman) and Need To Focus (Jamaica Patton).
The fourth race second Busse field appears to be a wide-open trot consisting of Jenas Hart Ofvalor (Casey Leonard), Pauline’s Ashley (Matt Avenatti), Lou Scion Lou (Ronnie Gillespie), Loyzdirtylilsecret (Kyle Wilfong), Trouble For All (Larry Lee Smith), Banner Blue (Ridge Warren) and John Swan (Tim Curtin), in that post-position order.
A single 10-horsefield will tangle in the seventh race $9,000 Dave Magee for ICF 3 and 4-year-old pacing fillies with opening weekend winners Fox Valley Minka (pp 1, Casey Leonard) and Roberts New Life (pp 8,Tim Curtin) meeting for the first time.
Fox Valley Minka breezed in 1:57.2 on the front end bowing for the Terry Leonard Stable and will open at even-money from the pole position while Ohio invader Roberts New Life, trained by Jim Horvath, who powered past in the stretch in his 1:58.4 triumph has the eight-slot and is programmed at 4-1.
The other Magee series contestants are Fox Valley Hotcake (Kyle Wilfing), She’s So Funny (Matt Avenatti), Sissy Dune (Ronnie Gillespie), Syrna (Kyle Husted), Genie The Mooss (Gary Rath), Shabazz (Jerome Daniels), Frontier Lola (Richard S Finn) and Flipfloppinflossie(Jamaica Patton).
The eighth race Walter Paisley Series carries a $9,500 purse and the series for distaffers without $30,000 lifetime on the card (ICF $4,500) lured a bulky 11-horse field with last Saturday’s winner Dreams And Schemes (Casey Leonard) drawing the second tier slot and the 2-1 first flash favoritism.
Two ICF 3-year-olds, Breinne The Beauty (pp 2, Jamaica Patton) and Lilly Von Shtupp (pp 4, Travis Seekman), are taking on older open company fillies for the first time.
The competitive Paisley also brings out (Frontier Cuzin (Ridge Warren), Cowgirl Too (Tyler Shehan), Angel Dance (Tyan Anderson), Yank’s Rendezvous (Tim Curtin), Frontier Elsa (Kyle Husted), Shelly On My Mind (Juan Franco) and Little Adaline (Freddie Patton Jr).
Sunday’s first round series legs are all for 3 or 4-year-old pacers and each will carry a $9,000 purse.
Leg one of the Mike Paradise is strictly for ICF male pacers without $10,000 on their card through the last day of March. The Tony Salvaro is the same condition for open company filly pacers while the Phil Georgeff is for colt and gelding open pacers with the identical past performance stipulations.