For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Races Galore at
STICKNEY, IL – A busy return to live racing continued at
Hawthorne as races continued to fill very well.
With claiming series coming to their conclusion and Night of Champions
action moving forward, there was an abundance of competitive racing for the top
horses on the grounds. Over the three
day weekend, between added non-wagering events and live racing cards, 45 races
were conducted around the Hawthorne oval.
race Friday card had its share of features with two divisions of leg two of the
Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial, leg one action in the Incredible Finale, as well
as a fine field of open pacers.
Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old male pacers was
raced in two divisions over a sloppy racetrack.
The first division was won impressively by Megan Rogers Racing Stables
Inc.’s Fox Valley Ren. Sent off as the
heavy 1-9 choice, Fox Valley Ren was in full control for driver Kyle Wilfong, extending his margin at each call. He would go on to win by eight-and-a-quarter
lengths in 1:54.1 for trainer Nelson Willis.
Illini Force finished second while Bagman was third.
second division of the Carey was also won by the heavy choice. This time it was Triple Zzz
Stable’s He’zzz A Wise Sky,
rolling home for Robert Smolin. Settling early, He’zzz A Wise Sky took over in the
stretch and drew clear through the wire in 1:53.4 for trainer Don Filomeno. Rg’s Tracer was second while Ryans
Ambassador finished third.
of seven two-year-old Illinois-bred male pacers lined up in leg one of the
Incredible Finale. Owned and bred by Flacco Family Farms LLC, Ryans
Loan Shark controlled the pace from the start for driver Cordarius
Stewart, holding sway to win in 2:01.2.
Trained by Roshun Trigg, Ryans
Loan Shark pulled off the slight upset as the third choice in the race. Partyatmosasplace
was second while Prince of Style finished third.
Illinois-bred champ Fox Valley Gemini capped the night as he returned in fine
fashion in the night’s open pace.
Settling at the back of the pack early, driver Casey Leonard tipped out
Fox Valley Gemini in the lane as he rolled home to a win in 1:53.3. Trained by
Terry Leonard, Fox Valley Gemini is owned by Jim Ballinger.
clear skies returning on Saturday, more stakes legs continued. Before the stakes legs were contested, open
trotters took to the track early in the evening. Chupp Racing Stable
Inc.’s Pine Dream was in full control, leading from start to finish while
winning in 1:55.0. Todd Warren drove for trainer Merv
of divisions of leg two of the Plum Peachy followed. The Plum Peachy is for Illinois-bred
three-year-old filly pacers. The first
division had a heavy favorite as 1-9 shot Sleazy Gal narrowly held off longshot
Amazon Princess to win by a head in 1:56.3. Owned by Engel Stable of IL LLC and
trained by Erv Miller, Sleazy Gal was driven by Casey
second division of the Plum Peachy had another heavy favorite. This time it was Fox Valley Exploit for
owners David Brigham and trainer Kyle Husted.
With Husted in the bike, Fox Valley Exploit moved early to the lead and
held off the late rally of Sign Her Up to win by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.2.
two-year-old filly pacers made their Hawthorne debuts in leg one of the
Incredible Tillie. Driver Ridge Warren
guided Connie On The Go to a late closing victory by a
head over Princess Mooss in 1:59.3. Clearly the Bomb was a game third. Connie On The Go is
owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver and trained by Jamaica Patton.
kicked off with three non-wagering events as Night of Champions legs
continued. First off was the first leg
of the Fox Valley Flan for Illinois-bred two-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Steve Searle swept the trifecta as Lous Voodoo Woman won for driver Kyle Wilfong
in 2:01.3. She was followed by Searle
trainees Loulita and Lou Lou
Lamour. Lous Voodoo Woman is owned by Steven Renard.
second of the non-wagering events was for three-year-old Illinois-bred filly
trotters in the first division of the Beulah Dygert
Memorial. It was another Steve Searle
trainee who was victorious as Lous Abigail held off
Fox Valley Extacy in 2:58.1 for driver Casey Leonard. Lous Abigail is
owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC.
final non-wagering event had Illinois-bred two-year-old male trotters taking to
the track in leg one action of the Kadabra. Driver Casey Leonard found himself in the
winner’s circle again, this time with Coco D’ Lascito
for trainer Jenna Lubeck. In full control from start to finish, Coco D’ Lascito
won by five lengths in 2:01.4 for owner Samuel Daddono. Shady Maple Spirit was second while Rndmnunpredictable finished third.
Sunday pari-mutuel card had three more Night of Champions events with a pair of
divisions of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial as well as
the second division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial.
three-year-old male trotters were the focus in the Erwin F. Dygert
Memorial. The first division saw the
favorites finish one-two as Ed Teefey’s Crooked Creek
held off On Higher Ground to win in 1:57.0.
Crooked Creek was driven by Mike Oosting. Both
of the top two finishers were trained by Mike Brink. Lous Paisano would go on to finish third.
second division of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial went
to heavy favorite Fox Valley Quest. Trained by Tom Simmons and driven by Casey
Leonard, Fox Valley Quest won by nearly five lengths in 1:58.0 over Desert Sheik
and Mr Red Thunder.
Fox Valley Quest is owned by Carl Lacy and Benita Simmons.
second division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial was won
in fine fashion by Bee See. Owned by Molly Baldes,
Steve Searle, Michael and Chris Paloma, Bee See took advantage of a break at
the start by favorite Fox Valley Lush as was in control throughout. Driven by Kyle Husted, Bee See won in 1:59.0
for trainer Steve Searle.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday,
September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10
PM. Hawthorne races live during the
summer harness meet every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year,
running from October 2 through December 26.
For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com
or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.