Entries and J’s Picks for Illini Princess Handicap at Hawthorne on Oct.18

Race 6. Illini Princess Handicap. For Illinois three-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Purse $50,000.

Entries:

PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Launch Away  Julio E. Felix Manny Perez 20/1
2 Chrome Attack  Carlos Joan Ulloa James R. Childers 30/1
3 Embarrassing  Jose E. Lopez Chris M. Block 4/1
4 Gwendalyn Sue  Jareth Loveberry Wayne M. Catalano 15/1
5 Bramble Queen  Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. Michael Dini 3/1
6 Lovely Loyree  Christopher A. Emigh Michele Boyce 8/5
7 Applique  Javier Tavares Brian Williamson 10/1
8 Kool Kate  Edgar Perez Marvin A. Johnson 5/1

Kool Kate has 19 starts and 9 wins. She appears to be the mare that will be the pace setter. She has only tried stakes company once. She opened early and was caught near the wire. She was claimed by Marvin Johnson for $40,000 last out.  

Lovely Loyree should be pushing the pace. She is seeking her first victory in four starts this year.  She finished third after setting a pressured pace in the Lady Canterbury, and then ran fourth in the Indiana General Assembly Distaff, both of which were open stakes for fillies and mares.  Her last race an allowance at Churchill, she had an excuse: she stumbled, tossed a shoe, and never even got near the pace. She is dropping down in class. She should be able to finish in the top two.

Bramble Queen at Arlington last year with solid results, a fourth-place finish in a state-bred stakes on the poly, and then a close second and a victory on the turf.  She finished second at Saratoga in a $40,000 starter allowance. She enters off a poor performance in a race, allowance optional, in which she finished fifth of six at Belmont. She will be facing Illinois-breds for the first time this year. She is a two-time winner at a mile and a sixteenth, and has won going as long as a mile and an eighth. She should be stalking the leaders down the backstretch. She needs to improve her performance to have a chance of being in the top three.

Embarrassing won the Mike Spellman Handicap on July 20. She has finished eleventh and seventh in her last race, both were allowance optional claiming races. Her 2019 record for 5 starts is 1-0-0. She likes to near the leaders and pass tired horses down the lane. She should be able to find a spot on the board. 

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Lovely Loyree
  • Kool Kate
  • Bramble Queen

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