Emigh Takes Three in Illinois' Georgeff Festival

(from Hawthorne report)
Hawthorne's leading jockey Chris Emigh entered Saturday's Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing named to ride the morning-line favorite in all six stakes events, with Christine Janks slated to saddle four of them.

Emigh didn't disappoint, capturing three stakes races, two for Janks, moving within one victory of 2,500 for his career.

Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm's Pretty Jenny captured her third consecutive victory, riding the rail for Emigh to a four-length tally in the $87,825 Powerless Handicap. The Janks-trained daughter of Pioneering, who defeated open rivals in the Fit For a Queen and the Safely Kept stakes at Arlington Park this summer, covered the six furlongs over a track rated good in 1:11.31.

Longshot Trout River Red rallied to get up for second, two lengths clear of Storm Rolling Red, who finished third in the eight-horse race.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Pretty Jenny paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Trout River Red returned $17.20 and $8.80. Storm Rolling In paid $5.40.

Emigh and Janks were back in the winner's circle two races later following a victory by Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm's Stop a Train in the $89,550 Illini Princess Handicap. The 4-year-old daughter of Devil His Due rallied from off the pace to capture the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:46.64.

Stop a Train was dispatched at odds of 9-10 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10. Lampoon finished second in the seven-horse line-up and paid $8 and $3.80. It was another 3 ¼-lengths back to Dyna Slam who returned $2.60.

A slow start couldn't keep Emigh from notching his third stakes win of the day in the $94,800 Showtime Deb Stakes aboard Richard Rudolph & Michael Vranich's Magnetic Miss, overtaking Rich N Clever in the final stride of a six-furlong contest clocked in 1:12.81.

Stop a Train, the 9-5 favorite, paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.60. Rich N Clever returned $6 and $4. Copper State paid $2.80.

With his other three stakes mounts, Emigh finished second. He wrapped up his day with a runner-up placing aboard the 7-10 favorite Wiggins in the High Alexander Handicap.

In other Festival races, J. S. Cubed Stable's Out for a Spin, claimed two starts back for $25,000, overtook pacesetter Jimmy's Boy in the stretch and held off favored High Expectation to win the $85,875 Lightning Jet Handicap by three-quarters of a length under jockey E. T. Baird.

The Greg Geier-trained son of Distorted Humor  covered the six furlongs in 1:11.07 and paid $34.40, $9.20 and $3.20.

High Expectations was second in the seven-horse field and paid $3 and $2.10. Alabama Clay was third and returned $3.

Asiel Stable's Caruso pressed the pace of favored Chillin Villain and overtook that rival inside the final furlong to win the $92,550 Sun Power Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths and remain undefeated in three trips to the post. Carlos Silva rode the 2-year-old son of Cape Canaveral covered the six furlongs in 1:11.18.

Caruso, second choice in the wagering at odds of 9-5, paid $5.80, $3.60 and $2.80. Chillin Villain returned $3 and $2.80. Scary Thoughts was third and paid $5.60.

In the day's final stakes race, the $96,275 High Alexander Handicap, Gregory J. Fraterrigo's Tenpointfive posted a wire-to-wire upset victory over 7-10 favorite Wiggins. The Mike Reavis-trained son of Richter Scale was ridden by Jerry LaSala and covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.82.

A 21-1 longshot, Tenpointfive rewarded his backers with $45.60, $16.60 and $8.80. Wiggins paid $2.60 and $2.10. Tally Up returned $2.60.

(Chart, Equibase)