03/23/2007 11:00PM

'Awesome' ends long drought


Benefiting from a recent optional claiming prep, Awesomewithbroads was too sharp for five rivals in the $47,700 Honey Mark Stakes at Hawthorne on Saturday. Rating in mid-pack for much of the trip down the backside, Awesomewithbroads bid for the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off for a 1 1/2-length victory.

Under E.T. Baird, Awesome-withbroads ($9.40) covered the distance over a good track in 1:45.63. Holy City, who had a slight advantage around the last turn, held on for second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Air Academy. Come on Chas, the 7-5 favorite, was never a factor and finished fourth, beating only outsiders Count on My Word and Big Fred.

The Honey Mark was the first victory by Awesomewithbroads in nearly a year. A 6-year-old gelding, he had lost nine in a row since winning a third-level allowance last April 15 at Hawthorne. His recent second-place finish behind next-out winner Le Jester, however, was one of his better races during that drought.

Awesomewithbroads has now won 5 of 29 races and pushed his career earnings past $150,000 with his win Saturday. Awesomewithbroads is owned by the Auglyn Stables and trained by Michele Boyce.

No standout in allowance

The nominal feature on Monday's program is an entry-level allowance for Illinois-bred fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. None of the 10 entered has run especially fast, and picking a potential favorite is about as challenging as finding the winner.

Bettors might wind up focusing their attention on Slewtini, who won an open maiden earlier this month in her 10th start, or Hanna From Savannah. One of three 3-year-olds in the field, Hanna From Savannah won her two-turn dirt debut last fall and in her only other attempt at the distance was sixth of 11 in a statebred stakes last December.

Others who might garner some play are Hawkster's Rose, an easy winner of a conditioned $17,500 claimer last out, and Super Ladybug and Count Sheep, who ran second and third, respectively, at long prices in a similar spot earlier in the meet.