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Hawker Caps Three-Win Weekend / Monday, January 23, 2023

Hawker carries Flightline colors to victory at Santa Anita.

In an exciting week for Horse of the Year candidate Flightline and his ownership group, Hawker provided new success for some of the same connections with a maiden triumph on the turf at Santa Anita on Saturday evening.

Like Flightline, John Sadler trains Hawker for racing partners West Point and Hronis Racing.

Hawker, a 3-year-old son of Triple Crown hero Justify, aced a cutback in distance, pouncing from just off the pace on the Hillside course with a terrific ride from Kazushi Kimura.

The victory was the third for West Point in two days.

Earlier Saturday, 3-year-old colt Cagliostro poured it on in the stretch at Fair Grounds to break his maiden impressively in his second career start.

Cagliostro, a son of Upstart acquired at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths underneath Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano.

Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form wrote, “Could be a serious horse there … Cagliostro, 2nd-time starter, 1st out since Saratoga, breaks poorly, pinched back to last, mild backstretch progress, comes 4-to-5 wide [with] no cover second turn, still wins easily rallying into a slow pace.” 

Cherie DeVaux trains Cagliostro for a partnership that also includes Talla Racing, James Spry, Nice Guys Stables and Cherie’s husband David Ingordo.

Perfect Prank got things going on Friday with a 5-length score at Sam Houston Race Park, soaring through along the rail with Stewart Elliott in the irons for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.


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