For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Night of Champions
Leg Two Events Continue
STICKNEY, IL—While the older horses
were on the track at Hawthorne for the leg two Night of Champions events last
weekend, the babies were featured this week.
On Friday night, two-year-old male pacers were the focus in a pair of
divisions of the Incredible Finale.
was the first division as a field of six was led by RJ Wulfy
as he looked for his fourth straight win to open his career. At the start, it was Ryan Anderson guiding RJ
Wulfy to the lead as he passed the quarter in :28.1. On the backside, Casey Leonard wasted no time and
pulled second choice Fox Valley Ren from fourth and moved to the front,
covering a half in :56.3. Leading the field through the turn after
three quarters in 1:27, Fox Valley Ren opened up a two length margin into the
stretch. Mid-stretch, RJ Wulfy made one more move to challenge but couldn’t get home
in time. Fox Valley Ren covered the mile
in 1:55.3. RJ Wulfy
held second while Ryans Ambassador finished
third. Fox Valley Ren is owned by Megan
Rogers Racing Stables, Inc. and trained by Nelson Willis.
four was the second division of the Incredible Finale as a field of six was led
by RG’s Tracer with Travis Seekman driving. Making the early lead was the favorite as he
passed the half in :29.0. On the backside, RG’S Tracer maintained his
lead while chased by Canadian Mountie through the half in
:58.1. After three quarters in
1:26.4, RG’S Tracer opened up a clear advantage in the stretch, winning by
daylight in 1:55.2. Hello Rooster closed to finish second while Chick Magnet
was third. RG’s Tracer is owned by
Robert Grismore and Charles Knipp.
filly pacers were featured on Saturday night in a pair of divisions of the
Incredible Tillie. Race three was the
first division as favoritism moved between Fox Valley Vixen, Sleazy Gal, and
Fox Valley Exploit. Making the top was
Fox Valley Vixen as she passed the opening quarter in :29.2. On the backside, Sleazy Gal made her surge to
the front, as she was the leader after a half in :58.3. Into the turn, Kyle Husted moved Fox Valley
Exploit to the front, covering three quarters in 1:27.4. In the lane, Fox Valley Exploit held her lead
as Sleazy Gal tried hard to catch her but wasn’t able to do so. Fox Valley Exploit won in 1:56.0. Sleazy Gal finished second while longshot Castielle was third.
Fox Valley Exploit is owned by David Brigham and Kyle Husted and trained
by Kyle Husted.
seven was the second division of the Incredible Tillie as Double Parked and
Travis Seekman looked for her fourth win in a row to
open her career. Leaving for the top was
the favorite as she passed the quarter in :29.2. Tracked by June Dale Gram on the backside
through the half in :59.1, the duo opened up some
ground on the rest of the field. In the
turn, Double Parked maintained her advantage, passing three quarters in
1:27.2. In the stretch, Ridge Warren
guided June Dale Gram out from behind the favorite and rallied to get up in the
shadow of the wire for the upset in 1:55.2.
Double Parked held second while Ashlees Fine
Girl was third. June Dale Gram is owned
by Carol Graham and trained by JD Lewis.
trots took place for the babies on Sunday evening with a pair of divisions of
the Fox Valley Flan for fillies and the Kadabra for
the boys. Race two was the first
division of the Fox Valley Flan as Lous Abigail was
the even money favorite. Leaving for the
lead was Celone Hall as Brandon Bates guided her
through the quarter in :30.0. On the backside, Fox Valley Extacy brushed to the front but the lead was brief as Celone Hall regained the lead through the half in
1:00.2. Tracked through the turn by Lous Abigail, Celone Hall covered
three quarters in 1:30.4 as she headed into the lane. After one last try by Lous
Abigail, Celone Hall held her off, winning in
Abigail was second while Lous Flashy Dancer finished
third. Driver Gerry Brown lodged an
objection against Lous Abigail but no change was
Hall is owned in partnership by Darin Tournear, Georgeann Tournear, and trainer
three was the second division of the Fox Valley Flan as Bee See was a heavy
favorite with Kyle Husted Driving.
Getting away quickly was Lauren Hall as she cruised through an easy
quarter in :32.1. On the backside, Kyle Husted
recognized the slow pace and moved Bee See to the top. After passing the half in 1:02.0 and three
quarters in 1:32.1, Bee See opened up her lead into the stretch. Chased by Lauren Hall through the lane, Bee
See held sway, winning in 2:00.4. Lauren
Hall was second while Olympic Hopeful finished third. Bee See is owned in partnership by Baldes, Paloma, Paloma, and trainer Steve Searle.
five was the first division of leg two of the Kadabra
as Fox Valley Kobe was the 3-5 favorite with Kyle Wilfong
driving. At the start, the favorite settled
in as Twin Cedars Rocket was sent to the front through a quarter in :30.4. On the
backstretch, Wilfong wasted little time heading to
the lead as Fox Valley Kobe took over through the half in 1:00.4. Opening up a lead in the turn, Fox Valley Kobe
covered three quarters in 1:31.0. In the
lane, Fox Valley Kobe extended her lead, winning easily while stopping the
timer in 2:00.3. Deememorymaker
finished second while Fox Valley Briton was third. Fox Valley Kobe is owned by Phil Langley,
Mike Brown, and trainer Jim Eaton.
six was the second division of the Kadabra with a
field of nine led by Fox Valley Quest and driver Casey Leonard. Leaving were numerous horses as a trio passed
the quarter in :29.1 led by U S Patriot. On the backside, Fitchey
for Fun moved to the top, covering a half in :59.3. On the turn, Fitchey
for Fun opened up briefly but Desert Sheik made a strong brush to take over
through three quarters in 1:30.1. in the lane, Mike Brink got after Desert Sheik as his head
start was good enough to hold off the late closing Fox Valley Quest. On Higher Ground finished third. Desert Sheik stopped the clock in
1:58.3. Desert Sheik is owned by Mark
Brown, Charles Biggs, and trainer Mike Brink.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on
Friday, May 3 and races through September 22.
Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through
December 28. For more information, visit
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.