Last chances for Night of Champions Qualifiers this Weekend.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Final Chances This
Weekend for Night of Champions Qualifiers
STICKNEY, IL – With just over one week to Night of Champions
at Hawthorne, the final legs of each series were taking place this
weekend. On Friday night, eight of the
13 races on the card had Night of Champions implications.
card kicked off with a field of eight pacers in the first of two divisions of
the Robert S. Molaro.
With the top five to qualify for next week’s final, the race for
Illinois-bred aged pacers was evenly matched as Stonedust
was sent away favored with Casey Leonard in the bike. Leaving quickly were Dakota Jack and He Gone
Jack, as they were joined by Sporty Redhot through
the quarter in :28.1.
On the backside, Sporty Redhot held his lead,
passing the half in :57.4. In the turn, the field bunched up, with
Uptown Sleaze up to challenge Sporty Redhot through
three quarters in 1:25.4. In the Lane,
He Gone Jack found room between horses while Stonedust
rallied down the center of the track. At the wire, the favorite drew clear,
winning in 1:52.1. He Gone Jack finished second while
Dakota Jack was third. Stonedust is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher and trained by Tim Clevenger.
three on the Friday card was the first of two divisions of leg four of the
Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old pacers. Last year’s Illinois-bred Champion, Fox
Valley Gemini was the heavy favorite with Casey Leonard driving. Leaving for the lead and opening up was
Frontier Frank as he passed the quarter in :27.0 and the
half in :55.3. In the turn, Fox Valley
Gemini tipped out as he ranged up to challenge through three quarters in
1:24.2. In the blink of an eye, Fox
Valley Gemini’s lead expanded to five lengths in the stretch as he won going
away in 1:51.1. Fox Valley Jalan got up for second while Song Cycle Senese was third.
Fox Valley Gemini is owned by Jim Ballinger and trained by Terry
four was the first of two divisions of leg four of the Incredible Tillie for
Illinois-bred two-year-old filly pacers as a field of seven headed to the
gate. Getting away quickly was Valar Morghulis with Jim Pantaleano driving as he opened a three length lead through
the quarter in :28.0. Stalked through a half in :57.3 by Fox Valley Halsey, Valar
Morghulis held his lead into the turn. With Fox
Valley Halsey tipping out to challenge in the turn, the pair passed three
quarters in 1:26.1. In the lane, Valar Morghulis was roused, and
responded, as Fox Valley Halsey dropped back but Fox Valley Torrid picked up
the chase. All out at the wire, Valar Morghulis held on to win by
a head over Fox Valley Torrid. Fox Valley Lil Kim closed to finish third. The final time for the mile was 1:53.4. Valar Morghulis is owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc. and
trained by Nelson Willis.
five was the first of two divisions of the Fox Valley Flan for Illinois-bred
two-year-old filly trotters. Puddin Cheeks was favored for driver J D Finn. The favorite made the early lead while pushed
by Loussolataire through the quarter in :29.0. Puddin Cheeks held the lead down the backstretch as Loussolataire dropped in, passing the half in :59.2. On the
turn, Lou’s Paramour moved from the back to push the pacesetter, as Puddin Cheeks passed three quarters in 1:29.0. In the lane, Lou’s Paramour came up empty and
backed out as Loussolataire came through a wide open
rail to get up at the wire. Puddin Cheeks held second while Notnangel
finished third. The final time was
1:59.4 for the winner as Loussolataire won for the
sixteenth time this year, making her the winningest juvenile in North America. Loussolataire is owned by Steven Renard
and trained by Steve Searle. She was
driven tonight by Casey Leonard.
six was the second division of the Incredible Tillie with a field of seven. Perch was favored with Kyle Wilfong driving. At
the start, there was shuffling for position before Perch moved to grab the lead
through the quarter in :29.3. On the backside, Fox
Valley Lolo moved to take over, passing the half in :58.1. With Perch on her heels through the turn, Fox
Valley Lolo held the lead into the lane through three quarter in 1:27.2. At the
top of the stretch, Perch moved to take over as both Foolishlittlegirl
and Lilly Von Shtupp ranged up to challenge. At the
wire it was Perch prevailing by a half-length in 1:55.0. Foolishlittlegirl
finished second while Lilly Von Shtupp was
third. Perch is trained by Jay Garrels.
seven was the second division of the Fox Valley Flan with a field of seven as Louzotic and Encantado took the
wagering action. Getting away for the
lead was Heidi High as she was sent through the quarter in
:29.2. Prior to the half, Louzotic moved to
assume command, passing the half in :59.1. Rolling
through three quarters in 1:30.2, Louzotic led the
field into the stretch. In command late
under the handling of Kyle Husted, Louzotic was clear
at the wire, winning in 1:58.3. E L Game On closed to finish second while Encantado was third.
Louzotic is owned by Flacco
Family Farms LLC and trained by Steve Searle.
eight was the second elimination of the Robert S. Molaro
with a competitive group of seven heading to the gate. Clearing the lead was Fox Valley Rebel as he
was chased through the opening quarter by favored Unlocked in
:28.0. After a half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:25.0, the top pair stayed
in order turning into the stretch. At
the top of the lane, Unlocked tipped out and moved alongside Fox Valley Rebel
as the duo battled through the stretch drive.
Nearing the wire, Unlocked emerged clear, winning for driver Jim Pantaleano in 1:51.4.
Fox Valley Rebel was second while Slzburgerslzburger
finished third. Unlcoked in owned by Megan Rogers
Racing Stables Inc and trained by Norm Parker.
ten was the second division of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial as the nine
horse field was led by You’remyhearthrob with Kyle Wilfong driving. At
the start, the favorite left quickly, clearing the lead easily through the quarter
Cruising along on the backside, You’remyhearthrob
passed the half in :56.4 as Mykonos chased. After three quarters in 1:25.2, You’remyhearthrob took the field into the stretch with a
two length lead. Kept to task, You’remyhearthrob held sway, winning by nearly two lengths
in 1:52.3. Backstreet Lawyer rallied to finish second while Mykonos was
is trained by Brett Wilfong.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, continues
the summer harness season through September 24.
Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 5 through
December 29. For more information, visit
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.