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
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
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
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
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
She finished six and a quarter lengths ahead of rival
Heidi High with Lous Paramour getting up for the show
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
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
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
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.