The Racing Journal Logo

Mongoose duo finishes one-two at Los Alamitos


March 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Mongoose Hawkette in Maiden Stakes
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Los Alamitos Race Course - Breaking from the exact same post that saw her finish in a dead-heat for first in a trial to the $140,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, Tom McEwen's Mongoose Hawkette held off entrymate Mongoose Separatist and eight other horses to win the richest running ever of the Maiden Stakes on Saturday, March 4, at the Orange County oval.

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves from post nine, Mongoose Hawkette was impressive in this victory, as she improved her record to three wins in five career starts. In order to be eligible to this race, horses foaled in 2003 had to be maidens as of December 1, 2005.

Mongoose Hawkette broke her maiden on December 2.

The stablemates Mongoose Hawkette and Mongoose Separatist took a photo in the winner's circle together at the request of their owner and breeder. "We were hoping that these fillies would peak the night of the Maiden Stakes final," said McEwen, known as "The Mongoose" in the drag racing world, a sport in which he is a member of the Hall of Fame.

"I've always liked her," said Givens of the Hawkinson filly. "We knew that she could improve. We raced her lightly as a 2-year-old but if you look back at our history, we've always taken our time with our horses."

Mongoose Hawkette is out of Mongoose Effort, a mare that competed in the Champion of Champions in her racing career. Mongoose Hawkette entered this final after dead-heating for first with Bugsy Beduino in the trials to this race on February 11. Bugsy Beduino ran sixth in this final.

Jesses Sixes, who broke from along the rail, finished third for Mr Jess Perry out of the classy mare Debonairess. Dennie and Kris Hill own Jesses Sixes, who was saddled by trainer Bret Vickery. The latter also saddled fifth-place finisher Im Alright Now and eighth place finisher Line of Authority.

The complete order of finish is as follows: Mongoose Hawkette, Mongoose Separitist, Jesses Sixes, Redistricting, Im Alright Now, Bugsy Beduino, Go Thru Fire, Line Of Authority, Corona Facil and Strict.