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A Sloppy Night of Champions

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700

 

A Sloppy Night of Champions at Hawthorne

 

STICKNEY, IL—After a string of weeks of gorgeous weather at Hawthorne Race Course, Mother Nature wasn’t nearly as kind when it came to Saturday’s Night of Champions.  The 12 race card kicked off with a fast track, but the skies opened up prior to the start of the 11 stakes events, leaving for sloppy going through the stakes action.

 

THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Jim Ballinger’s Fox Valley Gemini, two-time Illinois Horse of the Year, went off as the 1-5 favorite in the $45,000 Robert S. Molaro and didn’t disappoint. Winning his fourth straight race, Fox Valley Gemini drew off to a commanding victory, getting the mile in a lifetime best of 1:50. At the finish, he was seven and a half lengths clear of the rest of the field. Dakota Roadster got up for second while Royale Rose got third.

 

Driven by Casey Leonard and trained by Terry Leonard, Fox Valley Gemini won for the 30th time from only 39 starts.

 

As written above, Fox Valley Gemini got the mile in 1:50 after fractions of :27.1, :59, and 1:22.3.

 

THE FOX VALLEY FLAN CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Lous Abigail, winning for the seventh time in 10 starts, took Saturday’s $82,000 Fox Valley Flan Championship, for three years old and up ICF Pacers. Driven by leading driver Casey Leonard and trained by Steven Searle, Lous Abigail won by a comfortable four and three-quarter lengths. Owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC, Lous Abigail got the mile in 2:00.1, after fractions of :29.4, :58.4 and 1:28.3

Bee See held on for second while Fox Valley Lush finished third.

 

THE INCREDIBLE TILLIE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Morning-line favorite but second-choice in the wagering, Fox Valley Exploit, owned by David Brigham and Kyle Husted, and driven and trained by Kyle Husted, won the $115,000 Incredible Tillie Championship, for two-year-old filly Trotters, by three and a half lengths. They raced through fractions of :29.4, :58.4, 1:28.3 with a final time of 2:00.1

 

Bee See, the slight wagering favorite, finished second with Lous Abigail getting up for third.

 

THE PLESAC CHAMPIONSHIP

 

It was never really a contest. Danny S. Graham’s Annas Lucky Star, already a track-record holder, simply dominated in Saturday’s $45,000 Plesac Championship, for 3-year-olds and up ICF Trotters. She took the lead quickly and won as she pleased, going off at 1-9 and drawing off to win by 15 lengths. Her time of 1:56.3 was seconds slower than her lifetime best of 1:53.1 but it didn’t matter. She set modest fractions of :30, :59, and 1:27.3.

 

Trained by Nelson Willis and driven by Kyle Wilfong, Annas Lucky Star won for the 33rd time in her career, and her ninth from 15 starts in 2019.

 

Primed N Powerful tracked all the way and held for second with Majistic Caprice finishing third.

 

THE BEULAH DYGERT MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Flacco Family Farms’ popular filly Louzotic made every pole a winning one in the $95,000 Beulah Dygert Memorial Championship, for 3-year-old ICF filly Trotters, on Saturday night. Winning for the 11th time in 15 starts this year, including her fifth straight, Louzotic had regular driver Kyle Husted in the bike. This talented filly is trained by Steven Searle.

 

She finished six and a quarter lengths ahead of rival Heidi High with Lous Paramour getting up for the show dough.

 

Louzotic led all the way through fractions of :29.1, :59.4, 1:29.4 with a final time of 1:58.3.

 

THE ERWIN F. DYGERT CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Lourhianon, winning for the second straight time since getting Lasix, overcame the outside post position and the sloppy track to take the $92,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial, for 3-year-old ICF colts and geldings, going away. Owned by C Lawrence  Mc Burney, trained by Kennedy Lindsey, and driven by Luke Plano, Lourhianon took the lead soon after coming out of the far turn, raced wide through the stretch and still won by six and three-quarter lengths.

 

He got the mile in 1:57.3 after early fractions of :29.4, :59.3, and 1:29. Frontier Maynard grabbed second with For Trots Sakes coming in third.

 

THE KADABRA CHAMPIONSHIP

 

When favored Fox Valley Quest broke coming out of the first turn in Saturday’s $108,000 Kadabra Championship, for 2-year-old ICF colt and gelding Trotters, that opened up the opportunity for everybody else. Ed Teefey’s Crooked Creek took advantage. Winning for the third straight time and the fifth time in nine races, Ryan Anderson guided this Mike Brink trainee to a six-length victory in 1:55.3. Desert Sheik, another Brink-trained Trotter, finished second. Longshot Fitchey For Fun snagged third place.

 

Early fractions for the race were :29.4, :58.1. and 1:27.3.

 

THE INCREDIBLE FINALE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Triple Zzz’s He’zzz A Wise Guy was a three and a quarter-length winner in Saturday’s $102,000 Incredible Finale Championship. The race was for 2-year-old ICF colt and gelding Pacers. His victory was his fifth straight from only seven races. Trained by Donald Filomeno, He’zzz A Wise Guy was guided to the victory by Robert Smolin.

 

Favored Fox Valley Ren, who had won seven of nine races, finished second with RJ Wulfy finishing third.

 

He covered the mile in 1:55.0 after fractions of :28.3, :57/4 and 1:27.1

 

THE ROBERT F. CAREY, JR. MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Fox Valley Triton, who was beaten as the favorite in his last leg of the Carey, made amends in the $109,000 Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial Championship on Saturday night. The Carey was for 3-year-old ICF colts and gelding pacers.  Owned by Dandy Farms Racing, FT Racing and Peter A Kouchis, trained by Terry Leonard and driven by Casey Leonard (his third win of the night) Fox Valley Triton eked out a neck victory over Meyer On Fire. Maximus finished third. With fractions of :28.3, :57.3, 1:26.1,  he got the mile in 1:54.1

 

THE PLUM PEACHY CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Fox Valley Halsey made it two in a row with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Plum Peachy. Owned by Cynthia Kay Willis, Ronnie J & Jerry D Graham, Fox Valley Halsey is trained by Nelson Willis and was driven by Juan Franco. Fox Valley Halsey finished a neck ahead of Fox Valley Lil Kim with Fox Valley Torrid a neck behind.

 

He covered the mile in 1:54.4 after early fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:25.3

 

THE TONY MAURELLO CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Francis L Greer and James E Greer’s Skeeter Machine won the finale on the Night of Champions. The race, The $45,000 Tony Maurello Championship, was for ICF 3-year-olds and up Pacers. Trained by Nicole Agosti and driven by Kyle Husted (his third victory of the night) Skeeter Machine won for the fifth time this year and the 17th time in his career.  The final race of the night brought fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25.1 with a final time of 1:54.0

 

Whiskersonkittens got up for second place, a half-length back,  while there was a dead heat for third place between San Antonio Rose and Fox Valley Charm

 

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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

 

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