Updated on 09/17/2011 1:21PM

Pace should make late double


STICKNEY, Ill. - For Tuesday's Hawthorne feature, turn to the back of the past performances. Once there, take your pick between the eighth and ninth races. The eighth is an open entry-level allowance at six furlongs, the ninth a second-level allowance sprint for Illinois-breds.

Both races, which comprise a late daily double, will require some puzzling through.

Perhaps the place to start in the eighth is with pace analysis, since there are three or four front-running types in the race. And they are not bad ones, either. Salty Sailor, a layoff horse, has run well here before for the Michelle Boyce barn, but to be effective, he will have to shake loose from Conspire - a winner of his only start - Cheddar, and Whosthatmaskedman.

At issue is which off-the-pace horse might benefit, the prime candidates being a pair of Christine Janks-trained horses, General Jay and Quarter Time, and a colt named Bohunk, trained by Hugh Robertson.

Johnathan looks like the horse in the ninth. A deep closer with a big stretch run, Johnathan needs a quick, contested pace for his best - and should get it in this spot.

Beautiful Crazy wins easily

Beautiful Crazy breezed to an allowance victory in Friday's first race, the 4-year-old filly's first win since she upset the Hawthorne Oaks here last fall.

Making her first start for trainer Pat Cuccurullo, Beautiful Crazy raced near the back of a six-horse field onto the backstretch of a route race, but moved up quickly entering the far turn. She gathered in the leaders between the three-eighths pole and the top of the stretch, and went to an easy 3 3/4-length score.

Jockey Larry Sterling "said she could've won as she pleased," according to Cuccurullo.

There are no concrete plans for Beautiful Crazy, owned by Frank Calabrese. Cuccurullo said he would nominate to the Sixty Sails Handicap here, and would like to make another start at Hawthorne, rather than shipping out of town for a stakes race.

"She's 2 for 2 at this track. She may have some affinity for it," Cuccurullo said.

All-Flint trifecta

The trainer Bernie Flint had three horses in Saturday's $42,800 Meafara Stakes, and all three belonged in the race.

Prevalent ($5), making her first start since September, remained unbeaten in three starts with a half-length win over Clever Maid. Stoneway was some 6 1/4 lengths farther behind in third, giving Flint a sweep of the top three placings.