For Immediate Release
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Night of Champions Recap from Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – Saturday evening at Hawthorne, eleven stakes
finals were contested for the Night of Champions at Hawthorne. The races for Illinois-breds
were contested over a fast track.
The Kadabra Championship
The first stakes event on the evening was the Kadabra Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding
used a well-timed move by Pat Curtin to overtake stablemate Lougazi
in the lane and hold off Polar B at the wire for a three-length score in
1:58.3. Trained by Roshun
Trigg and owned by Flacco Family Farms, Louscipher paid $7.20 as the second choice.
The Fox Valley Flan
The Fox Valley Flan final was for two-year-filly
trotters. Driver Casey Leonard used a
well-timed move with Fox Valley Elana to catch
favored Lous Credit Report in the final
sixteenth. Longshot Heartland Honey
finished third as Fox Valley Elana won in 2:02. Fox Valley Elana
paid $8.20 for owner and trainer Dane May.
The Incredible Tillie
The Incredible Tillie final for two-year-old filly pacers
saw another upset. Driver Freddie Patton
Jr. made a bold, three-wide move in the turn with Princess Sage and outfinished favorite My Kind of Dance at the wire. Razzleme Dazzleme got up for
third. Final time was 1:55.3. Princess Sage was owned by Keli Jo Bell and
Freddie Patton Jr. and trained by Freddie Patton Jr. as she returned $15.60.
The Beulah Dygert Memorial Championship
The Beulah Dygert Memorial trot
for three-year-old filly pacers saw the first winning favorite on the Night of
Champions card. Vengeful and driver Todd
Warren used a quick move in the turn and extended into the lane to draw clear
for a five length score. Surviver Di held second while Roma Falls closed for
third. Vengeful covered the mile in
1:58.1. Vengeful is owned by Providence
West Inc. and trained by Kenny Collier, returning $3.60 to win.
The Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Championship
Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters matched up in the
Erwin F. Dygert final. The favories
finished one-two as Hail Caesar sustained a strong rally on the turn for Casey
Leonard to hold off Fear. Longshot
Primed N Powerful got up for third. Hail
Caesar won in 1:58.1 for owner H W Wright and trainer Mike Brink. He returned
$4.60 as the slight second choice.
The Plesac Championship
The Plesac final was for
four-year-old and up trotters. Another
favorite got the job done as Ants Iner Pants was able
to wear down Tricky Nick late for driver Kyle Husted. Rock Hollywood got up for third as Ants Iner Pants won in 1:57.3.
Owned by Thomas Wisniewski and trainer Steve Searle, Ants Iner Pants paid $6.80 to win.
The Incredible Finale
For two-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the Incredible Finale
final was the most exciting finish on the night. Mike Oosting was
able to swing Fox Valley Herbie six-wide into the stretch to rally from last
for a half-length score in 1:54. Fox
Valley Herbie caught Fox Valley Jeter and Gabe Henry. Fox Valley Herbie paid $9.20 for owner Benita
Simmons and trainer Tom Simmons.
The Robert S. Molaro Championship
Four-year-old and up male pacers took to the track as there
was no upsetting 1-5 favorite Unlocked.
Driven by Jim Pantaleano and trained by Norm
Parker, Unlocked assumed command early, drawing clear to win in a snappy
1:51.3. A Cool Card held well for place
while Lucky Crusader got up for third.
Owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc. and trained by Norm Parker,
Unlocked paid $2.60 to win.
The Robert F Carey
Dr. Drake Ramoray didn’t let
starting from the outside post slow him down as he, along with driver Jim Pantaleano, rushed to the front end and never looked back
in Saturday’s Robert F. Carey Memorial Championship for Illinois Conceived and
Foaled 3-year-old Colts and Gelding Pacers, winning by two and three-quarters
lengths. Dr. Drake Ramoray, trained by Norm Parker and owned by Megan Rogers Racing
Stables Inc. got the mile in 1:53.0. He paid $11.20 as the fifth choice in the
The Plum Peachy
Whiskersonkittens grabbed the lead
quickly and held all the others safe as she paced her way to a five-length
victory in Saturday’s Plum Peachy Championship fir 3-year-old filly pacers.
Driven by Todd Warren, owned by Ronald G Krupp and trained by Kimberly Roth, Whiskersonkittens paid $4.80 as the betting favorite in the
race. She paced the mile in 1:52.4. LK’s Nancy Lee finished second while
morning-line favorite Char N Marg got up for third.
The Tony Maurello Chapionship
Fox Valley Charm, owned by Peter J Karras,
trained by Rodney Freese and driven by Michael Oosting scored a half-length victory in Saturday’s Tony Maurello Championship at Hawthorne Race Course. He covered
the mile in 1:52.3, paying $9.00 as third choice in the wagering. Despite
starting from the ten, Fox Valley Charm was able to gain good position early,
had the lead by midstretch, and was able to hold off
all late comers.