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Cardinal, Violet Finals At Hawthorne

Published: July 15, 2016 11:44 am ET

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Three-year-old trotters were the focus on Thursday evening (July 14) at Hawthorne Race Course. Colts and geldings were featured in the $20,300 Cardinal Stakes, while fillies were featured in the $18,500 Violet Stakes.

Both races were contested over a ‘fast’ track.

First up were the boys in the Cardinal final. Fear was the heavy favourite in the field of ten for driver Todd Warren. Fear was sent away as the 1-5 choice.

Prior to the start, both Storm Winds and Wrightwood broke stride. Mr Strata set the pace. He had to work for the lead through the quarter in :29.1. Hail Caesar moved on the backside and briefly grabbed the lead, but Fear moved to take over through the half in :57.3. On the turn, Fear was challenged by Primed N Powerful through three quarters in 1:27.4. In the lane, Fear was pushed along by Primed N Powerful and Hail Caesar. Late in the lane, Hail Caesar got out for driver Casey Leonard and was able catch Fear on the wire. A 99-1 shot, Bands Ariston, closed to finish third. The final time was 1:59.

After the race, the inquiry sign was posted, as the stewards looked at Hail Caesar late in the stretch for possible interference to Primed N Powerful. After a lengthy review, the result stood. Owned by H W Wright and trained by Mike Brink, Hail Caesar returned $7.20, $2.60, and $2.80 across the board. Fear paid $2.10 and $2.10. Bands Ariston returned $11.00 to show.

The Violet Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters had a full field of ten and favouritism jumped around between multiple horses. At post time, Vengeful was the favourite with Todd Warren driving.

Leaving for the lead was Awfully Emotional, who grabbed control after a quarter in :29.3. On the backside, Vengeful took command through the half in :59.3. On the turn, Surviver Di moved up aside Vengeful to challenge through three quarters in 1:29. In the stretch, Vengeful shortened as Surviver Di rallied for Kyle Husted and took over late. Fox Valley Mirage got up for second while Vengeful finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:59.3.

Owned by Steven Renard and trained by Steve Searle, Surviver Di paid $16.80, $10.6, and $4.20. Fox Valley Mirage came back $44.00 and $10.20. Vengeful paid $2.40 to show.

(Hawthorne Race Course)

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