Dygert trots get underway at Hawthorne
June 03, 2016
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Thursday night at Hawthorne kicked off the opening legs of the Beulah Dygert Memorial Trot and Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot. The Beulah Dygert is for Illinois-bred 3-year-old fillies while the Erwin F. Dygert is for Illinois-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings.
The Thursday opener was the first division of leg one of the Beulah Dygert as Powerful Princess was sent off as the 4-5 favorite. Breaking at the start was Powerful Princess, leaving Vengeful to lead the field around through fractions of :29, :58.2, and 1:28.1 for three quarters. Tracking the entire way was 24-1 shot Roma Falls for driver Matt Krueger. Moving late, Roma Falls took over and drew clear by four lengths, stopping the clock in 1:58.3.
Trained by Ray Hanna for owners Mary Jeffers and Adele Everett, Roma Falls returned $51.80.
The second division of leg one of the Beulah Dygert went as race three on Thursday night with Rocknprincessabbie as the even money favorite.
At the start, second-choice Awfully Emotional left for the lead through the opening quarter in :29.2. Moving quickly on the backstretch to the lead was the favorite Rocknprincessabbie and driver Todd Warren. Following a half in 1:00.1 and three quarters in 1:29.4, Rocknprincessabbie and Surviver Di battled the length of the stretch. Prevailing in the end was the favorite Rocknprincessabbie over Surviver Di with Fox Valley Bugatti a late closing third.
Owned by Danny Graham and trained by Nelson Willis, Rocknprincessabbie returned $4.
The boys were the focus later in the evening as two divisions of leg one of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot took place.
In the first division, Mr. Strata was the 4-5 favorite, coming off a victory in the recent late-closer series final. Driver Casey Leonard wasted no time getting early position with Mr. Strata, leading the field through the opening quarter in :29.3. On the backstretch, second-choice Fox Valley Diamo took over through a half in 1:00.1. Into the lane, longshot Storm Winds led briefly before breaking stride while Mr. Strata took over a two-length lead late. All out to the wire, Mr Strata held on by a nose over Wrightwood in 1:59.1. Psychic Survior finished third.
Owned by Cynthia Willis and trained by Nelson Willis, Mr Strata returned $3.80.
The second division of the Erwin F. Dygert, Primed N Powerful was the even money choice. Immediately from the start though it was Casey Leonard and Fear setting the early fractions through :29.1 and :59.1. Primed N Powerful made a move to contend through three quarters in 1:28.4 but Fear responded and opened up, winning by nine lengths at the wire in 1:57.2.
Owned by Providence West Inc. and trained by Kenny Collier, Fear returned $6.20. (Hawthorne)