Poker H. (gr. III)
(gr. IIIT , 8f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Wild Again Marianna's Girl , by Dewan
BJohn W. Clay, KY.; OR.C. Hill Stable; TGeorge Weaver
Millennium Dragon (GB)
Mark of Esteem (IRE) Feather Bride (IRE) , by Groom Dancer
BElsdon Farms, GB.; ODarley Stable; TKiaran P. McLaughlin
Hennessy Blue Begum , by With Approval
BVegso Racing Stable, FL.; OPeter Vegso; TWilliam I. Mott
Margins: neck, 2½, 1. Others: Megoman 113($5,630) , Chilly Rooster 114($3,378) , Burning Roma 120($563) , Provincetown 112($563) , Pisces 113($563) , Multiple Choice 115($563) . Winning Jockey, Shaun Bridgmohan.
Multiple stakes producer Marianna’s Girl keeps getting more special. She chalked up stakes winner No. 4 when her son Christine’s Outlaw captured the July 10 Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park for Randy and Christine Hill’s R.C. Hill Stable. The R stands for Randy, and the C for Christine.
The Poker came in Christine’s Outlaw’s third grass start. Christine’s Outlaw, whose first 13 starts came on dirt, made his turf debut June 5 at Belmont and finished a neck behind in second. He then won a turf allowance June 20 at Belmont in his last start before the Poker.
Randy Hill, who joked that the Outlaw is named after him, became a big fan of racing while attending the races at Saratoga and later bought a house there with a college friend. R.C. Hill’s first stakes winner, Maybry’s Boy, won the 2002 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Maybry’s Boy might run next in the July 24 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Handicap at Delaware Park.
Bred by Albert G. Clay 1990 Revocable Trust and John W. Clay, Christine’s Outlaw was bought by the Hills through Mike Ryan, agent, for $160,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale. Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Sales, agent, consigned Christine’s Outlaw.
The Hills live near Franklin Lakes, N.J. Randy Hill worked on Wall Street through 1982, then started his own company that sells research to money managers who handle accounts for the nation’s leading financial firms.
Christine Hill is an accomplished equestrian. A champion in her native Holland, she won an award competing in a horse show at Lake Placid, N.Y., the day of the Poker, then drove to Belmont for the race.
Marianna’s Girl’s three other stakes winners—Marastani, Crimson Classic, and Foret Noire—were bred by the father and son team of Albert and John Clay, the latter of whom is Robert’s brother. Albert Clay died in 2002. Marianna’s Girl’s yearling filly by War Chant has been entered in the Keeneland September yearling sale. Kept at John Clay’s Fair Way Farm near Mt. Sterling, Ky., Marianna’s Girl did not have an offspring this year and is in foal to Silver Charm. John Clay, who raced Crimson Classic, plans to stand the son of Sky Classic at Pyaar Acres near Lexington in 2005. The stallion stood the past several seasons at Illinois Stud near Woodstock, Ill.
The day after the Poker, Medallist, bred by Robert Clay and the Albert G. Clay 1990 Revocable Trust, won the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont. Robert Clay is the owner.
Wild Again, sire of Christine’s Outlaw, has sired 83 stakes winners, including additional 2004 stakes winners Offlee Wild (gr. II) and Pretty Wild. Wild Again stands at Three Chimneys near Midway, Ky. His 2004 fee was private.—D.S.