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A Weekend of Cardinal and Violet Races

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Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700


A Weekend of Cardinal and Violet Races at Hawthorne


STICKNEY, IL – A steamy weather weekend at Hawthorne brought out some quick times on the track as state-bred youngsters were featured in the Cardinal and Violet races.  Two-year-old male pacers were featured on Friday in a pair of divisions of the Cardinal.

                Race four was the first division of the Cardinal for two-year-old colt pacers as a field of seven lined up, led by Canadian Mountie with Casey Leonard in the bike.  Leaving for the lead was longshot Sassy Lil Thing as he passed the quarter in :28.3 while tracked by second choice Hello Rooster.  On the backside, Hello Rooster was first to move, with Canadian Mountie following quickly behind to take over through the half in :58.1.  After three quarters in 1:27.4, Canadian Mountie led the field into the lane as Hello Rooster continued to chase.  On the wire, Canadian Mountie held firm, winning by a length over Hello Rooster.  Sassy Lil Thing was able to hold on for third.  The final time for the mile was 1:57.1.  Canadian Mountie is owned by Jim Ballinger and trained by Terry Leonard.

                Race seven was the second division of the Cardinal as the eight horse field had RJ Wulfy favored with Ryan Anderson in the bike.  Leaving for the lead was longshot Ryans Ambassador as he passed early by Chick Magnet through the quarter in :29.0.  On the backside, the favorite took little time moving up with RJ Wulfy grabbing the lead prior to a half in :58.3.  On the turn, RJ Wulfy opened up through three quarters in 1:28.0. Chick Magnet tried to battle in the lane along with Ryans Ambassador but RJ Wulfy was too tough, winning in 1:55.2.  Ryans Ambassador came back for second while Chick Magnet finished third.  RJ Wulfy is owned in partnership by B. Wulf, R. Wulf, R. Alderks, and J. Fraher and is trained by Ronnie Roberts.

                On Saturday night, two-year-old filly pacers were featured in a pair of Violet events.  Race three kicked off the first Violet pace as Double Parked was the heavy 1-9 favorite with Travis Seekman in the bike.  Despite the outside draw, Seekman wasted no time guiding Double Parked to the front as she cleared the quarter in a leisurely :30.2.  Chased by Ashlees Fine Girl through a half in 1:00.4, Double Parked cruised into the turn a length on top.  After three quarters in 1:30.0, Double Parked got some encouragement by Seekman into the stretch.  She responded nicely and drew clear to win by 4 ¼ lengths in 1:56.2.  Fox Valley Exploit closed to finish second while Ashlees Fine Girl held third.  Double Parked is owned and trained by Leroy Hunt.

                The following race was the next of the Violet tests as a competitive bunch was led by favorite A Girl Named Jim.  Prior to the start, A Girl Named Jim broke stride and dropped well back.  Taking advantage was Sleazy Gal as Kyle Wilfong led her through the opening quarter in :29.0.  On the backside, Casey Leonard moved second choice Fox Valley Vixen to the lead as she passed the half in :59.1.  Chased by Sleazy Gal through three quarters in 1:28.2, Fox Valley Vixen held her lead into the stretch.  Mid-stretch, Wilfong guided Sleazy Gal off the inside as she responded well, opening up to win by three lengths in 1:56.1.  Sleazy Gal is owned by Engel Stable of Illinois LLC and trained by Erv Miller.

                Trotters were on the track on Sunday with a pair of races for the boys and the girls.  The girls started things off with a field of six led by heavy favorite Lous Abigail for driver Casey Leonard.  The favorite was in full control immediately from the inside as she opened up a lead through a quarter in :31.1 and a half in 1:04.  Chased by Lauren Hall into the turn, Lous Abigail passed three quarters in an easy 1:35.0. Holding sway through the wire, Lous Abigail held off Lauren Hall to win in 2:03.3.  El Oh Govner finished third.  Lous Abigail is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and trained by Steve Searle.

                The boys were next with a field of seven in the first of the Cardinal trots.  Again, the favorite held the inside post with Fitchey For Fun and Randall Finn sent away as the choice.  Much like the race prior, the favorite cruised to an easy early lead, passing the quarter in :30.1 and half in 1:02.  Still clear into the turn, Fitchey For Fun passed three quarters in 1:32.4.  Into the lane, he showed there was no doubt as he opened to win by 7 ¼ lengths.  Fox Valley Briton chased for place while Mr Red Thunder finished third.  The final time for the mile was 2:01.1.  Fitchey For Fun is owned in partnership but Dustin Fitch along with trainer Dennis Gardner.

                The girls were back on track for the second division of the Violet with the field of six led by Celone Hall and driver Brandon Bates.  At the start, the favorite made the lead from the inside, covering the quarter in :31.0 and half in 1:01.4.  On the turn, driver Kyle Husted guided second choice Bee See alongside the favorite as she took over through three quarters in 1:32.0.  In the lane, Celone Hall tried hard to catch Bee See but couldn’t get to her as Bee See won by a length in 2:01.3.  Celone Hall held second while Fox Valley Lush finished third.  Bee See is owned in partnership by Molly Baldes, Michael Paloma, Chris Paloma, and trainer Steve Searle.

                The boys closed out the weekend of Cardinal and Violet races with seven led by Fox Valley Quest.  At the start, Casey Leonard urged Fox Valley Quest to the lead, passing the quarter in :30.1 and half in 1:00.1.  Chased by On Higher Ground into the turn, Fox Valley Quest passed three quarters in 1:29.4.  Roused at the top of the stretch, Fox Valley Quest opened up his lead, winning by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:58.2.  On Higher Ground finished second while Fox Valley Kobe was third.  Fox Valley Quest is owned by Carl Lacy and Benita Simmons and trained by Tom Simmons.

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 or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.


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