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Hawthorne’s Night Of
Champions Invitationals lure stars from throughout the Midwest!
“Build it and they will come” as Kevin Costner told us in the
1989 hit movie Field of Dreams.
Hoping to capitalize on Illinois’ biggest night of racing,
Night of Champions, Hawthorne Race Course has also added a pair of $25,000
Invitationals that have attracted some of the top “open” pacers and trotters
currently campaigning locally and throughout the Midwest as part of Saturday’s
huge 13-race program. All the action is scheduled to kick off at 6:55 p.m. and
the Invitationals will go as races nine and 10 on the program.
really thrilled with the turn out we have received for these events,” said
Director of Publicity/Racing Analyst Jim Miller. “Eventually we want to grow
these events into $50,000 and then $100,000 type of events that people will circle
on their calendars when plotting out a horse’s engagements for the year and
this a great start.”
will be first to hit the track in race nine with Summit Pacing Acres Satin
Dancer installed as the 5-2 morning line choice in the field of 10.
four-year-old Indiana bred daughter of Big Stick Lindy has racked up 24 career
wins for trainer Byron Hooley, hitting the board in 39 of 47 career starts
while earning almost $675,000.
Racing Stable will send out their veteran campaigner Call For Justice from post
three and the six-year-old can draw closer to the $550,000 mark in lifetime
earnings as he looks for his 39th lifetime victory while going
behind the gate for career start 99. The son of Justice Hall boasts a mark of
1:52.4 and has hit the board in 67 of his 98 starts.
sensation Pridecrest will carry the hopes of owner Chris Schick as the
six-year-old Angus Hall gelding looks for his fifth straight victory. A 30-time
career winner, Pridecrest will have the services of leading reinsman Casey
Leonard on Saturday night as he leaves from the inside post in search of his 13th
win in 21 trips to the gate in 2018.
out this fine field of sidewinders are Chupp Racing’s Pine Dream, who is fresh
off back to back wins here at Hawthorne; Celebrity Farms Celebrity Eventsy, a
career winner of $566,000; CC Racing’s Gloire Dream, an Ohio invader who has
taken a mark of 1:53.1 this season; Robert Key’s Cue Hall, who owns the distinction
of being the fastest trotter in the field with a mark of 1:52.0 this year;
Jeralene Roland’s Banker Volo, who recently went over the $400,000 mark in
career earnings; Robert Silberberg’s Walter White and 11-time winner over the
past two years whose career best of 1:53.3 came here at Hawthorne earlier this
season and John Barnard’s Swan Chase, an Indiana Sire Stake terror who banked
nearly $300,000 last season.
total the 10 trotters entered into this inaugural Night of Champions
Invitational Trot have 240 career wins with nearly $4.1 in lifetime earnings.
pacers will follow in race 10 with Burke Racing Stable’s Dancin Yankee dropped
in as a heavy 9-5 favorite in the group.
10-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is showing no signs of slowing down with age
racking up nine wins, seven seconds and one third in 20 starts this season
while adding another $160,275 to a career bankroll which now sits at a whopping
$1.8 million. The 68-time career winner also boasts a lifetime mark of 1:47.2.
Pollack and Jeff Cullipher’s New Talent is fresh off miles of 1:48.4 and 1:48.3
at The Red Mile and Hoosier Park respectively and this five-year-old gelding
figures to get plenty of attention despite being stuck on the far outside of
this field. With 16 of his 18 lifetime wins coming over the past two seasons
the five-year-old son of Mach Three is definitely living up to his name.
Racing Inc and Rick Howles have sent their five-year-old A Bettors Risk right
back to Hawthorne for this event after “gutting” out a thrilling victory in
1:50.2 in last week’s Open on this surface. Under the watchful eye of
conditioner Payton Ode this altered son of Bettor’s Delight has a mark of
1:48.3 this season and appears to be a pacer who is starting to establish
himself as one of the fastest in the mid-west this year.
the field for the Invitational Pace will be Engle Stable & JL Benson
Stable’s Ballerat Boomerang who invades from Pennsylvania with more than
$81,000 in earnings on his card this year for trainer Nick Surick; The
Panhellenic Stables Granite who is fresh off back to back victories at Hoosier
Park; Z Tam Stables Uncmprmising Z Tam, a 12-time winner this year with a mark
of 1:49.0 which was taken at Hoosier Park in June; Clinard Properties Inc.’s
Yankee Bounty, who sports lifetime earnings of more than $733,000; Terry
Leonard and Chris Schick’s Trashytonguetalker, who has been one of the top
pacers on the Chicago circuit for the past few seasons; Chris Choros, Eleven
Star Stables, Jeff Brewer and P. J. Dillon’s Bettor Spirits N, a wire to wire
winner in 1:51.0 last week at Dayton and Ervin Miller and John Koliopoulos’s
Air Strike, a seven-time winner in 2018.
eerily close stats to their trotting brethren, this classy field of pacers has
put together 251 lifetime victories with just over $4.5 million in career
can also enjoy a “blast from the past” as some of Chicago’s biggest driving
stars of the past will be on hand to meet and greet fans in the Revel Stoke
Party Box area located behind the winner’s circle on the first floor of the
Such favorites as Dave Magee, Joe Anderson, Doug Hamilton,
Jerry Graham, Connel & Nelson Willis, Dan Shetler, Dwight Banks, Lavern
Hostetler, Wayne Temple, Delvin L. Insko, Carl Porcelli and Randy Jacobs are
all expected to be on hand. The meet and greet is expected to start around
contact Guest Services as (708) 780-3733 for more information.
ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 4th oldest racetrack
in the nation and the oldest sporting venue in Illinois. Located in
Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago’s city limits, the 127 year old
facility hosts thoroughbred racing in March and April and again in October
through Dec. Standardbred harness racing is conducted in May through September.
The family-owned and operated business has been an innovator in
horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation’s most rewarding
players program. For additional information: www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com | Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne | @ClubHawthorne.