For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Night of Champions
Series Action Kicks off at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – Night of Champions at Hawthorne doesn’t
culminate until the final week of September, but the action kicks off early as
this past weekend saw the first legs in numerous categories for the top
evening had the first Night of Champions event as Leg one of the Robert F.
Carey, Jr. Memorial for three-year-old male pacers highlighted the
evening. A field of 11 lined up, led by
2018 champ Meyer on Fire for owner Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trainer Erv Miller. Sent away as the favorite was Maximus, with Kyle Wilfong in the bike.
Leaving for the lead was Coming Up along the inside as he was challenged
early by Maximus through a quarter in :29.2. On the backside, Maximus assumed command
before facing a fresh challenge by Meyer on Fire and Tim Curtin. After a half in :58,
Meyer on Fire took over in the turn, pushed now by The Bucket. Meyer on Fire passed three quarters in 1:25.4
and led the field into the lane. Opening
up, Meyer on Fire drew clear under the wire, winning in 1:53.1. Maximus came back for second while Coming Up
night saw a field of 11 Illinois-bred three-year-old filly pacers in the first
leg of the Plum Peachy. Sent away as the
favorite was Fox Valley Torrid with Casey Leonard driving. At the start, third choice Valar Morghulis was fastest to
the front, clearing the lead while passing the quarter in
:28.3. Making a quick move on the backstretch was the favorite as Fox
Valley Torrid moved to the lead, followed by second-choice Perch. Through the half in :57.1,
Fox Valley Torrid led the field into the turn as Perch ranged up to her
outside. Hitting three-quarters together
in 1:25.1, the duo turned into the lane.
In the stretch, Kyle Wilfong urged Perch to
the front as she opened a brief gap on Fox Valley Torrid. Nearing the wire, Fox Valley Torrid fought
back, coming up just a head short behind Perch in 1:53.3. Valar Morghulis was moved to third after a disqualification of
Fox Valley Lolo. Perch is owned by Del Insko Training Stable, Inc., Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by Jay Garrels.
Sunday evening trotters were in the spotlight with two divisions of leg one of
the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot to go along with
the first leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial
trot. The Erwin F. Dygert
Memorial trot is for Illinois-bred, three-year-old colts and geldings. Race three on Sunday was the first division
as Lousraptor was sent away favored with Casey
Leonard driving. After a recall, Trixie’s
Turbo was sent to the front, covering the opening quarter in
:29.3 and backing down the half in 1:00.1. Moving into the turn, Trixie’s Turbo
maintained his lead as Lousraptor closed the margin
to a length through three quarters in 1:31.0.
In the stretch, Lousraptor took over, opening
up quickly to win by three-lengths in 1:58.1.
Frontier Manard rallied to get up for second
while Trixie’s Turbo held third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco
Family Farms LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg.
second division of the Erwin F. Dygert, another
trotter owned in partnership by Flacco Family Farms
LLC, along with Dr. Patrick Graham, was sent away favored as Louscardamon led the field of six. In a race that had a lot of movement,
longshot Super Betcha led through the opening quarter
in :30.1. On
the backstretch, second choice For Trots Sakes assumed command, passing the
half in 1:00.2 and three quarters in 1:30.1.
Into the lane, Louscardamon was on the move,
quickly going from last to first and grabbing an open length lead by mid-stretch. At the wire, Kyle Husted guided Louscardamon well clear, winning by two-lengths in 1:58.4. Longshots finished second and third as Big
Garcia Vega got up for second while Super Betcha held
is trained by Steve Searle.
ladies were featured in race six Sunday as the Beulah Dygert
Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old filly trotters has a field of
nine. Favored was another from the Steve
Searle stable for owners Flacco Family Farms LLC as Louzotic was sent away as the 3-5 choice with Kyle Husted
driving. At the start, Puddin Cheeks got away quickly, covering the opening
quarter in :29.2.
On the backstretch, Husted wasted no time getting Louzotic
to the front as she took over through the half in :57.4.
Opening up the lead on the turn, Louzotic led the
field through three quarters in 1:26.3 as Heidi High chased her into the
lane. Kept to task, Louzotic
drew clear, winning by five lengths in 1:55.2.
Heidi High held second while Fox Valley Elicit was third.
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.