For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Big Weekend for
Warren’s at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – A trio of 13 race cards highlighted a warm
and adventurous weekend at Hawthorne.
Leading the way throughout the weekend was the father-son pair of Todd
and Ridge Warren.
night was Ridge Warren night at Hawthorne as he made his presence known early
in the evening. Ridge kicked off his hot
night winning the first leg of the early pick 4 sequence
with 5-1 shot Impressive Art (1:53.2) for trainer Dane May. While Ridge started the pick 4 with a win, he
completed a sweep of the entire sequence.
4, the second leg of the early pick 4, Warren guided home Mckee
Creek (1:53.3) to a late rallying victory for trainer Nick Prather. He followed that with winning behind He Gone
Jack (1:52.1) for the second straight week for trainer Mike Brink. Ridge closed the sequence with the upset of
the night as Terry Leonard trained Ponda’s Prospect
(1:51.0) upset Terry Leonard trained Illinois Champ Fox Valley Gemini, winning
the open pace by a neck.
rounded out his night taking the 12th race behind Better Watch Out
(1:52.2) for trainer Merv Chupp,
capping a five-win evening.
Ridge Warren had the big night, his father Todd won the biggest race on the
Friday card. Leg two action of the
$17,500 Incredible Finale, for Illinois-bred two-year-old male pacers was the
featured event. An early break by
favored Well Basically opened the door for Todd Warren to give a perfect trip
to Frontier Charley as the Jim Eaton trained youngster won by a head in
Big Guy was a game second while Partyatmosasplace
finished third. Todd would make it a
Friday double, taking the nightcap with Artofficial
Flavor (1:54.2) for trainer Angela Coleman.
tables turned on Saturday night as this time it was Todd Warren stringing
together victories on the card. Trying
to repeat the feat of Ridge’s Friday night early pick 4 sweep,
Todd nearly did just that. In the first
leg of the Saturday sequence, Todd got things started,
pulling off the big upset with 29-1 shot Helen’s Girl (1:54.3) for trainer
William Crone. In the following race it
was Todd Warren again in the winner’s circle, this time with Crooked Creek
(1:55.4) for trainer Mike Brink. The
third leg of the pick 4 also went to Todd Warren as he drove Tappin Outamessage (1:52.2) to a
clear win for trainer Harold Herrera.
Todd almost got the sweep of the sequence but Fox Valley Torrid came up
short, finishing third in race 6 as favored Lilly Von Shtupp
(1:53.2) wasn’t to be denied.
Todd Warren winning races early, it meant it was Ridge Warren’s turn to take
the spotlight for the stakes event. Leg
two of the $17,500 Incredible Tillie for Illinois-bred two-year-old filly pacers
followed. Heavily favored was Ridge
Warren driven Connie On The Go and she didn’t
disappoint, controlling the pace for the majority of the race, winning clearly
for trainer Jamaica Patton in 1:58.0. Princess Mooss
rallied to finish second while longshot Kandi’s Fortune held third.
was able to grab his second win on the card, taking race 12 with Hello Art
(1:55.0) for trainer Mike Brink.
Saturday also saw a driving triple from Casey Leonard, winning the
second with Meetmeatthefinish (1:54.1), sixth race behind
Lilly Von Shtupp (1:53.2), and 11th with Louscardamon (1:58.4).
Kyle Wilfong had a pair of wins on the card,
guiding home favorites Stella Kemp (1:58.4) and Ok Jewel (1:54.4) to wins in
the ninth and tenth races.
eventful Sunday evening at Hawthorne wasn’t dominated nearly as much by the
Warren family, although the father-son duo were the race five exacta as Todd
drove Shelly On My Mind (1:53.2) to a win over Ridge and Pretty Iris.
trotters were the focus on the card with a pair of divisions of the $17,500 Fox
Valley Flan for two-year-old filly trotters and two divisions of the $17,500 Kadabra for two-year-old male trotters.
first division of the Fox Valley Flan was dominated by the favorite as Bbr Lady grabbed the early lead for driver-trainer Freddie
Patton, Jr. and never looked back, winning easily in 2:01.4. Lucky Valerie was a good second while Lou Lou Lamour recovered from a break
to finish third.
second division of the Fox Valley Flan saw a minor upset as Kyle Wilfong guided Lous Voodoo Woman
(2:01.2) to the score over favored Myonly Sin. Bc’s
Rose finished third. Lous
Voodoo Woman was trained by Steve Searle.
In the first leg of the Kadabra
we saw an upset as well as Rndmnunpredictable
uncorked a late rally to catch favored Sudden Approach on the wire, winning in
2:01.2 for driver Mike Oosting and trainer Steve
second leg of the Kadabra had the two favorites
rallying late as Coco D’Lascito (2:03.4) rolled to
the win for Casey Leonard and trainer Jenna Lubeck. Slight favorite Shady Maple Spirit was good
enough to finish second while Lousrolando was third.
tenth race Sunday had a scary moment as Captain Classic stepped on a front
hobble at the top of the stretch, causing a chain reaction spill that included
Fox Valley Jude and Master Ken. In the spill, drivers Kyle Husted, Tyler Shehan, and Casey Leonard were all unseated.
all three horses escaped injury and Shehan and
Leonard were able to walk away from the incident. Husted was transported to the hospital but
reports that he was dealing with knee soreness from a prior injury and hopes
for a quick return to the bike.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday,
September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10
PM. Hawthorne races live during the
summer harness meet every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year,
running from October 2 through December 26.
For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com
or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.