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Shaved head suits Kevin Hough
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - by John Manzi, publicity director, Monticello Raceway

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Monticello, NY --- It couldn’t have been much more than a week or 10 days ago that we reported that Monticello reinsman Kevin Hough shaved his head in hopes of changing his luck. And whether it was the ‘Jody Jamison look’ or some other extraneous influence, Hough has been winning races since the clipping.

“I’m not sure that shaving my head made any difference but I’m not gonna let my hair grow; at least not at this time since things have turned around for me,” Hough remarked after winning the fifth race on Monday (Feb. 7) with Jim Jam Gigilette.

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Jim Jam Gigolett scored her third consecutive victory on Monday.

Over the past six or seven race dates the 24-year-old catch driver has won 10 races from a limited amount of starts. And one of his stalwarts, the David Duspiva-owned Jim Jam Gigolett, scored her third consecutive victory on the Monday card. The mare, with Hough at the controls, has had six wins in her last eight starts.

Now with 12 wins during this season at Monticello Raceway, Hough ranks eighth on the local leaderboard.

Also on the Feb. 7 card, Warden Woodie changed barns again for the third time since Jan. 10.

At the beginning of the year the 5-year-old Allie’s Western mare was in the Keith Haase barn. Then on Jan. 10 trainer Heidi Rohr took control of the pacer when she plunked down the $5,000 claiming prioce. On Jan. 31 Haase and his connections claimed back Warden Woodie for the same amount. And on Feb. 7, Warden Woodie changed barns again. Where did she go this time you might wonder -- well, she went back to Heidi Rohr’s barn.

The reason that Warden Woodie is caught in what could be described as ‘musical barns’ is not completely clear though she is undoubtedly worth her claiming price.

This year, after she finished second on Monday, Warden Woodie has one win and three seconds in five starts and $2,875 in earnings. Last year she raced 40 times with five wins, two seconds and seven thirds, earning $13,704 and a win record of 1:59.3. However, she does have a record of 1:55 taken at Freehold Raceway during her 3–year-old campaign.

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