For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Focus of Racing Weekend at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – With the summer season gearing up, Illinois-breds were the focus as the entry box continued to overflow.
Hawthorne saw increases in handle every weekend day, surpassing $1 million in
handle both Friday and Saturday and $1.3 million on Sunday.
Friday evening multiple legs of the Club Hawthorne Mini Series continued as
driver James Lackey kicked off a driving double winning the opener behind
Almost Cut My Hair in 1:52.1. A speedy
strip led to solid times throughout the card as Lackey also won the fifth race,
guiding On Duty to an easy win in 1:51.2.
Driver Cordarius Stewart and trainer Joh Hughes pair up for a Friday
double, winning race two with Illuminati Hanover (1:55.1) and race eight with
Final Prize (1:56.2).
Warren won also won two Friday, driving home the first of trainer Tom Simmons
two winners on the night as Mykonos (1:53.0) won the fourth. Warren also won the Friday finale with Dakota
Roadster (1:53.1) for trainer Rob Rittof. Simmons second winner of the night came from
Yankee Bounty (1:52.0) for driver Juan Franco in race 12.
only driving triple Friday belonged to Casey Leonard. Leonard took the third with Trashytonguetalker (1:52.1), sixth behind Sirodsdalicrickett (1:53.3), and seventh with Native’s Best
Bet (1:52.3). Trainer Terry Leonard had a double as Over Speeding (1:53.3)
joined Trashtonguetalker as his winners on the card.
fastest mile of the night went to 24-1 shot Rock Steady Ron as Clifton Bell
gave him a perfect trip for trainer Jamaica Patton, winning race nine in
Saturday card spanned nearly six hours as a nearly two hour mid-card weather
delay slowed the evening down. Two
divisions of the Cardinal for Illinois-bred three-year-old male pacers were
contested along with their female counterparts in the Violet.
first division of the Cardinal was won by Rg’s Tracer
(1:54.1) as Travis Seekman drove home the winner for
wife Desirae. The second Cardinal
division went to Fox Valley Ren (1:53.0) as he held off a game He’zzz A Wise Sky for driver Kyle Wilfong and trainer Nelson Willis.
Violet came after the weather delay as Fox Valley Exploit (1:55.2) was a clear
winner for driver/trainer Kyle Husted. The Violet was one of three Husted
victories on the card. Earlier in the evening Husted guided Louzotic
(1:58.3) to a win via DQ in the open trot. Husted capped a training double with
his third driving win of the night as Fox Valley Hijinx
(1:52.3) took the tenth race.
Kyle Wilfong had the other driving triple on Saturday, winning
race three behind Tropical Fruit (1:55.2) and the nightcap with Meadowbrook
Glider in 1:57.1.
action started early with a pair of non-wagering races as two divisions of the
Violet for Illinois-bred three-year filly trotters were contested.
first division was won in a game effort by Bee See (2:01.1) for Kyle Husted and
Steve Searle. The second division was an
upset as Celone Hall (1:58.0) was able to roll by Lous Abigail for Mike Oosting and
trainer Mike Brink.
story of the Sunday card was Oosting’s driving as he
guided five horses to the winner’s circle. After his non-wagering score with Celone Hall, Oosting took the
Phil Georgeff series final with Frontier Rollo
(1:51.0) for trainer Tom Simmons. He was back two races later with his second
win for Mike Brink, this time with Gm Patty Lin (1:57.4) in the Daryl Busse Trot Final.
Mike’s fourth win on the night was Mike Brink’s third training victory,
coming in the Cardinal for Illinois-bred three-year-old male trotters as
Crooked Creek (1:57.4) rallied for the victory. Oosting’s
fifth Sunday score was trainer Steve Searle’s second as Coming Up (1:54.3) took
also saw a near track record performance as aged mare Tempus Seelster paced a strong 1:50.3 mile in the filly and mare
open for driver Travis Seekman and trainer Rob Rittof.
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.