Updated on 09/17/2011 1:23PM

Sisters show they're Illinois-bred royalty

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Summer Mis ($3.00) wins the $111,325 Governor's Lady Handicap at Hawthorne.

STICKNEY, Ill. - Their rider, Larry Sterling, called the sisters "the two little queens." Around trainer Tony Mitchell's barn, the older one answers to the name "Princess."

Yes, in the realm of the Illinois-bred, half-sisters Summer Mis and Julie's Prize qualify as royalty. The two have become dominant forces in their respective statebred stakes division, and - no surprise - both won again Saturday, Illinois Day at the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne meet.

And at this point, it is hard to say which one is better. The 5-year-old Summer Mis, carrying 128 pounds, scored a 3 1/4-length win in the $111,325 Governor's Lady Handicap. A race earlier, 4-year-old Julie's Prize, under 126, won by four in the $86,250 Peach of It Handicap. Summer Mis drew away under a hand ride, while Sterling geared down Julie's Prize in the final half-furlong, saving something for the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap here in two weeks.

Both horses were produced by owner-breeder Richard Otto's broodmare Julie Mis, and Mitchell trains both of them. Mitchell lavishes care on these animals, and the look on his face after Summer Mis's score spoke volumes: as his mare came back to the winner's circle, Mitchell simply beamed.

"For once, I really don't know what to say," said the ever-gregarious Mitchell.

Both horses were heavy favorites. Summer Mis paid $3 after running six furlongs in 1:11.03 while leading all the way. Ravalli Girl was a clear second, Cashmere Miss third. Behind Julie's Prize ($2.40), who ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.76, Rathleen came up the rail and passed the pacesetting Invader for second.

A race after Summer Mis's score, Shandy never left the rail during the biggest win of his career, a 1 1/4-length tally in the $91,175 Chicagoland Handicap. A 4-year-old bred and owned by the Asiel Stable and trained by Richard Hazelton, Shandy flashed stakes-level ability last season without ever following through on it. In his 4-year-old debut here on March 20, Shandy came within a head of the excellent statebred sprinter Silver Bid. Saturday, he drew away from him in the final furlong.

Shandy had the rail in the Chicagoland, and his rider, Carlos Silva, made the most of it. Shandy broke third, and Silva gradually eased him toward the lead in the opening furlong. The pair got to the front before the far turn, raced head and head with Silver Bid into the stretch, and drew away from his pace rival and Out of My Way in the stretch. Shandy paid $8.20 and ran six furlongs in 1:10.78.

Wiggins, heavily favored in the $92,150 Milwaukee Avenue, had inside position for the stretch run, but Scooter Roach finished strongly between horses to score a half-length upset. Owned by Win IV LLC and trained by Michelle Boyce, Scooter Roach finished second to Wiggins in the $111,000 Robert F. Carey Handicap last fall. But Scooter Roach had gotten in an allowance prep for the Milwaukee Avenue, while Wiggins was starting for the first time since November. Wiggins tracked a slow early pace and seized the lead at the quarter pole, but Act of War, who had moved up sharply on the outside, quickly attacked in the stretch. Act of War seized a brief lead, but it was Scooter Roach that emerged from the three horses to wrest control in deep stretch. Ridden by Jesse Campbell, Scooter Roach ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.57 and paid $28 to win. Wiggins finished second and Act of War third.

A maiden won the $96,350 Lady Hallie Stakes, but not in an upset. Slewville, second to open maidens at Philadelphia, beat her entrymate Wish for Gold by 4 1/4 lengths. The entry, bred and owned by the Everest Stables of Jeffrey Nielsen, was favored at 2-1, and paid $6. Lady Laverne, the early leader, held on for third.

In the $94,350 Land of Lincoln Stakes, Prairie King made a late, wide run and nailed Jaguar Friend in final yards, giving Silva, Hazelton, and the Asiel Stable two stakes wins on the card. Jaguar Friend had beaten Prairie King by a length in a recent Hawthorne allowance race, but was unable to hold off his late run this time, though Prairie King's final time, 1:13.10, was fairly slow. Prairie King, the second choice, paid $8.80 to win.