10/14/2010 4:23PM

Hawthorne: Speed holding on turf


That's a Fact just led all the way at odds of 16-1 in race 6, an $18K turf-sprint claimer, keying a trifecta that paid almost $6,000. Trifecta numbers were 2-3-1, and all three of them raced close to the pace. Unpaid Crusade stalked and pounced to win the first turf race on Wednesday's card, but then Doilookfatinthese and Saint Leon scored start-to-finish victories in the last two grass races on the Wednesday card. I think its fair to wonder if pace horses have an edge at the moment.

No strong bias on dirt so far this week. For some reason, Hawthorne's gotten something of a national rep as an inside-speed track. That's not so often true, except when the dirt is frozen in the winter, and if anything, stalkers and closers have held an edge over front-runners on the main track this meet.

Hot jocks at the moment are Tanner Riggs and Julio Felix. Trainer Moises Yanez won two on the Wednesday card after a long slow spell through summer and fall.