For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
A Weekend of Upsets
STICKNEY, IL Ė For the horseplayer, handicapping races is a
very tough science.† Finding the winner
and then wagering on the race to turn a profit adds to the process.† When the favorites arenít striking at a high
rate, it makes the process that much more puzzling.† What it can also mean is that it takes just
one well-played ticket to make for a profitable experience.† This past weekend at Hawthorne saw just about
everything, from huge prices, to even bigger gimmick payouts, to large
carryovers across the board.
††††††††††††††† With 21
races conducted between last Saturday and Sunday at Hawthorne, only four favorites
were victorious.† Through six nights of
racing for the Hawthorne meet, favorites are winning at a low 30% clip.
Saturday card opened with a slight upset at Muscular Babe (1:56.3) trotted to a
victory for driver Kyle Wilfong to kick of the pick 5
that had a carryover of $10,895.† After a
Wilfong driving triple with favorite Lukeís Rocketman (1:55.0) in the second, followed by favored Bright
Future (1:54.0) winning the third, things got interesting the rest of the way.
††††††††††††††† In race
four Saturday, Juan Franco guided 44-1 longshot Ok Galahad (1:54.3) to the
upset score for trainer Rodney Freese.† With 103-1 bomber Get Rockin
finishing third in that race, nobody had the superfecta,
causing a carryover into race five.† Franco
was right back in the winnerís circle in the fifth, this time closing late with
17-1 priced Parklane Eagle (1:54.2) to catch 1-5 favored A Bettors Risk on the wire.† The back-to-back longshots led to a nearly
$30,000 Pick 5 carryover into the Sunday card.
††††††††††††††† Wilfong followed with his fourth driving win on the card as
he guided home Allstar-Josh (1:57.2) to a win in the
sixth.†† Race seven was won by Downwyn Shark (1:54.3) for Tyler Shehan
at 5-1.† Race eight saw the second superfecta carryover of the night as 46-1 longshot Shabazz
(1:59.4) got up for driver Cordarius Stewart,
catching 26-1 priced Missfinancialsport on the wire.
5-1 winner in the ninth as This Man Raps (1:59.1) scored for Todd Warren.† Race ten was the second training win on the
card for Rodney Freese as Casey Leonard drove home
Massive Attack (1:54.3) to a clear victory at 7-1.† The card concluded with a Pick 4 carryover on
the line as Lucky Crusader (1:55.1) made it happen for driver Brandon Bates in
five carryovers into the Sunday card, the story became how much would be bet
into the pools.† The two-day Pick 5
carryover of nearly $30,000 saw and additional $126,089 wagered into the
gimmick on Sunday.
one favorite won in the Sunday sequence as 7-1 shot Fire Dance (1:57.0) won the
opener, followed by 8-1 winner Roberts New Life (1:56.3) in race two.† Favorite Mamaneedsmorewine
(2:02.2) got the job done in the third before Rushing Reba (1:55.0) won at 9-1
in the fourth and Rollin Coal (1:54.2) closed out the sequence at 12-1.† The return for the $.50 Pick 5 wager paid
††††††††††††††† After Castielle (1:58.1) gave driver Mike Oosting
his second win on the Sunday card in race six, race seven began with a late
Pick 4 carryover over $10,000 and a $40,000 guaranteed pool.† $75,271 was bet into the Late Pick 4, which kicked
off with Toxic Rock (1:55.1) winning the seventh for Ridge Warren.† Todd Warren got his second Sunday victory as
he guided home favorite Keene William (1:57.0) in the eighth.†
††††††††††††††† Oosting made it three Sunday scores as Unbroken Circle
(1:55.2) was able to hold on gamely in the ninth.† Todd Warren got his third Sunday win as 9-1
shot Fox Valley Lincoln (1:58.0) fought back to win the finale.† The late Pick 4 returned $595.80.† Overall, the carryovers and competitive
racing led to a strong Sunday handle of $1,086,169.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicagoís Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday,
September 20.† Beginning in March, live
racing takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening for the remainder
of the meet. Post time nightly is 7:10 PM.†
Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 2 through
December 26.† For more information, visit
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.