Adriano, winner of the Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park six weeks ago, figures to be a strong favorite when he takes on seven 3-year-olds in the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) on the turf in Illinois Oct. 11.
Winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) on the Turfway Park Polytrack this spring when part of the Graham Motion stable, Adriano ran 19th of 20 in the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Transferred to the barn of Bill Mott after that, the son of A.P. Indy has made steady progress racing on the turf, culminating with his off-the-pace tally in the $500,000 Kent Aug. 30, which he secured by a half-length over Roman Tiger for jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Donald Adam's homebred began his career racing on grass, collecting his first two victories on the lawn at Saratoga and Gulfstream before hitting the Kentucky Derby trail. Overall he's won four times in 11 tries (3 for 7 on turf) while earning $713,680.
In the Hawthorne Derby, which is contested at the same nine-furlong distance as the Kent, Adriano will spot six of his seven rivals eight pounds while packing top weight of 122. Cherokee Triangle, a stakes winner at Canterbury and Ellis parks this summer, was assigned 118.
Desormeaux, who rode Adriano for the first time in the Kent, will be at Hawthorne to ride the chestnut colt once again. They will break from post 3.
Michael Maker trains Cherokee Triangle, a son of Cherokee Run coming off back-to-back victories in minor grass stakes for owners Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable. The bay colt has won four times on turf in eight starts and earned more than $235,000. He will be making his graded stakes debut.
Snoose Goose comes off a three-length score in the Honor Glide Stakes on a soft Arlington Park turf Sept. 6 for trainer Hug Robertson. Chris Emigh will be aboard the bay for the first time, taking over riding chores from Rafael Bejarano. The Virginia-bred Aptitude colt ran second to Cherokee Triangle in Canterbury's Come Summer Stakes July 5.
The Irish-bred Robscarvic, trained by Southern California-based Donald Chatlos, finished third in the Honor Glide when moved up a notch via disqualification after he was bumped into the Arlington rail in the homestretch.
Let It Rock ran second in the Prairie Meadows Derby Sept. 20 and makes his turf debut for trainer Judi Hicklin. Mr. Mischief brings back-to-back state-bred allowance wins over the Arlington turf. Denim, who also has a pair of turf victories at Arlington this summer, and Irish-bred Strait of Mewsina, complete the field.
$250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT, Race 7, 4:26 p.m.), 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/8 MIles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mr. Mischief (IL), 114, Eusebio Razo, Jr.
2. Cherokee Triangle (KY), 118, Victor Lebron
3. Adriano (KY), 122, Kent J. Desormeaux
4. Let It Rock (FL), 114, Belen Quinonez
5. Robscarvic (IRE), 114, Ryan Fogelsonger
6. Snoose Goose (VA), 114, Christopher A. Emigh
7. Strait of Mewsina (IRE), 114, E. T. Baird
8. Denim (KY), 114, Francisco C. Torres