10/27/2012 6:02PM

Hawthorne: The Pizza Man, Peyote Patty win turf stakes for Illinois-breds

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The Pizza Man, ridden by Florent Geroux, is all alone at the finish of the Buck's Boy Handicap.

The 3-year-old gelding The Pizza Man continued his string of consistent performances in the Illinois-bred ranks by drawing clear in Saturday’s $125,000 Buck’s Boy Handicap at Hawthorne.

In winning for the sixth time in seven  races this season, The Pizza Man ($7.60) covered 1 1/16 miles on yielding  turf in 1:46.55 while scoring by 2 1/4 lengths under Florent Geroux . His only loss came against open company in the Grade 3 American Derby. A son of English Channel, The Pizza Man races for owner Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Roger Brueggemann.

Star of Paradise, the longest shot in a field of eight at 74-1, rallied to get second, 1 3/4 lengths clear of Ice Climber. Suntracer, sent off the 8-5 favorite on the basis of back-to-back wins in the restricted Owners Day and Robert Carey Memorial against open company, finished seventh.

In the co-featured $125,000 Illini Princess Handicap for statebred fillies and mares, Peyote Patty ($8) repelled a stretch bid by 5-2 favorite Kepi to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race for the second straight year.

Peyote Patty, a 7-year-old mare ridden by Jeff Sanchez for trainer Chris Block, had finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Kepi when they met in last month’s Lady Lionel. In winning by 3 1/2 lengths, Peyote Patty covered the distance in 1:46.46. She is now 11 for 27 lifetime.

Kepi, coming off a third against open company in the Indian Maid three weeks ago, was a clear second ahead of third-place finisher Mourette, a 26-1 longshot.