For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
A First Look at the
Babies at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – The babies made their way
to the racetrack this past weekend at Hawthorne as the Night of Champions leg
one action continued. The boys
were center stage on Friday evening while the ladies took their place on the
track on Saturday night. All of the leg
one events went for $17,500.
two Friday was the first of two divisions of the Incredible Finale for
Illinois-bred two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A field of eight was led by RJ Wulfy, a winner already on the meet with Casey Leonard
driving. Leaving for the lead was LL
Gram from the inside, followed by Chick Magnet as the favorite was hung three
wide early. Leonard guided RJ Wulfy to the top, passing the opening quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.0. Chased by Chick Magnet into the turn, RJ Wulfy confidently opened up a three length margin through
three quarters in 1:28.1. Turning into
the stiff headwind in the lane, RJ Wulfy had extended
his advantage to six lengths into the stretch.
Unchallenged to the wire, RJ Wulfy was an easy
11 ˝ length winner, stopping the clock in 1:57.0. Chick Magnet held second while Hello Rooster
closed to finish third. RJ Wulfy is owned by partnership by B. Wulf,
R. Wulf, R. Alderks, and J.
Fraher and is trained by Ronnie Roberts.
four was the second division of the Incredible Finale as a field of seven lined
up behind the starter. Favored was Canadian Mountie from the barn of trainer
Terry Leonard. Leaving quickly was Ryans Ambassador as he was joined by Illini Force, with the
later of the duo leading the field through the quarter in
:32.0. On the backside, Bagman
moved to take over, passing the half in 1:01.1.
On the turn, Kyle Wilfong led Bagman along the
pylons as Ridge Warren guiding Illini Force to the outside to challenge though
three quarters in 1:31.1. In the lane,
Illini Force took over, facing a fresh challenge from Canadian Mountie. Game to the wire, Illini Force was able to
hold on by a half length over Canadian Mountie in
1:59.1. Bagman finished third. Illini Force is owned by Allan, Kevin, and
Keith Miller along with Glenn Otto and is trained by Kevin Miller.
Saturday evening, two-year-old female pacers where featured in two divisions of
the Incredible Tillie. Race three saw
the first division with a field of five lining up as Fox Valley Vixen was
favored from the rail. Leaving for the
lead was A Girl Named Jim as Jamaica Patton guided her through the opening
quarter in :30.1.
Chased through a half in :59.4 by Fox Valley
Vixen, A Girl Named Jim was two lengths clear into the turn. After three quarters in 1:29.3, A Girl Named
Jim maintained her clear lead into the lane.
At the wire, she had more than enough left, winning in 1:57.3. Fox Valley Vixen held second while Fox Valley
Exploit was third. A Girl Named Jim is
owned by Ronald Phillips and Louis Leinberger and
trained by Jamaica Patton.
following event, the second division of the Incredible Tillie,
was led by Double Parked, with Travis Seekman
driving. Leaving from the outside for
the lead was Double Parked as she had to work a bit to clear off of Jimmy’s
Girl, passing the quarter in :30.3. Settling into stride on the backside, Double
Parked cruised through a half in 1:00.1 and three quarters in 1:29.2. Roused by Seekman
into the lane, Double Parked opened up a seven-length advantage into the lane
as she never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:57.2. Ashlees Fine Girl
closed to finish second while Jimmy’s Girl was third. Double Parked is owned and trained by Leroy
night brought out the juvenile trotters with two divisions of the Fox Valley
Flan for the fillies and a pair of divisions of the Kadabra
for the boys.
of five started things off in race two in the first division of the Fox Valley
Flan as Lous Abigail was the favorite with Casey
Leonard driving. Making the lead was
Lauren Hall as she strolled through the opening quarter in
:33.2. Chased through the
backside by Olympic Hopeful in a half in 1:05.1, Lauren Hall held her lead into
the turn. On the turn, Fox Valley Lush
and Lous Abigail both pulled to go after the leader
through three quarters in 1:36.3. In the
lane, Fox Valley Lush grabbed a brief lead between horses but Lous Abigail was moving best of all, winning in
2:05.0. The stewards posted the inquiry
sign, taking a look at Lauren Hall in the stretch and it was determined that
she was disqualified from third.
Officially, Lous Abigail was the winner, Fox
Valley Lush finished second, and EL Oh Govner was
Abigail is owned by Flacco Family Farms and trained
by Steve Searle.
three was the first division of leg one of the Kadabra
with a field of six taking to the track.
Fox Valley Quest was the heavy favorite with Casey Leonard driving. Clearing the early lead was the favorite as
he cruised through the opening quarter in :31.3 and a
half in 1:03.4. Chased by On Higher
Ground into the turn, Fox Valley Quest opened up a two-length lead through
three-quarters in 1:34.4. In the lane,
the favorite extended his margin, winning clearly in 2:03.1. On Higher Ground
held second while Fox Valley Kobe closed to finish third. Fox Valley Quest is owned by Carl Lacy and
Benita Simmons and trained by Tom Simmons.
fourth race was the second division of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan as a
field of six was led by Bee See as Kyle Husted drove and trainer Steve Searle
looked for his second win on the card.
At the start, Bee See broke stride and dropped back as well as second
choice Celone Hall.
Taking advantage was Lous Flashy Dancer as she
covered the quarter in :32.3. Onto the backside, the top two choices were
back onstride and looked to get back into contact
with the field as Lous Flashy Dancer passed the half
in 1:04.3. On the turn, Lous Flashy Dancer held her lead as Bee See continued to
recover from her break and tipped wide, followed by Celone
Hall through three quarters in 1:36.1.
Into the lane, Bee See couldn’t go on, but Celone
Hall was able to sustain her bid, winning in 2:05.4. Lous Flashy Dancer
held second while Really Railee closed to finish
five was the second division of the Kadabra as Mr Red Thunder was scratched, leaving a field of six. Lous Paisano went favored for Casey Leonard and Steve
Searle. Prior to the start there was a
recall due to broken equipment with the favorite. After getting lined up again, Lous Paisano broke prior to the
start once again and trailed the field.
Making the lead was Twin Cedars Rocket as he opened up through the
quarter in :32.4.
Chased by Fox Valley Briton through a half in 1:06.3, Twin Cedars Rocket
led the field into the turn. Making a
move was Desert Sheik with Mike Brink driving as the field passed three
quarters in 1:38.1. At the wire it was Desert Sheik holding on in 2:06.2. U S
Patriot finished second while Twin Cedars Rocket was third. Desert Sheik is owned by Charles Biggs and
trained by Mike Brink.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on
Friday, May 3 and races through September 22.
Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through
December 28. For more information, visit
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.