For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Races Become 25 Race NOC Preview at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – After an extremely successful week of racing
at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Mother Nature was not as kind when
racing shifted to the DuQuoin State Fair last
weekend. Rain fell for four consecutive
days leading to the start of the fair, leaving the track in no condition to
weren’t expecting the weather conditions to be as poor as they were in DuQuoin,” stated fair racing General Manager Jim
Miller. “An unexpected storm the morning
of the first day of racing made it so the track surface couldn’t recover in
time. We consulted with our horsemen’s
group, the Illinois Racing Board, and Illinois Department of Agriculture and
everyone felt it was in the best interest of the horses to shift the races to
Hawthorne this Friday. Logistically this
made the most sense. We wanted to make
sure that every horseman who had entered to race in DuQuoin
was given an opportunity to race, thus the reason why all 25 races will be
contested at Hawthorne on Friday.”
race card on Friday at Hawthorne will make for an eight hour afternoon and
evening of harness action. Nine
non-wagering events will kick off the afternoon, starting at 4:00 PM, followed
by a 16 race wagering card, beginning at 6:30 PM. With the DuQuoin
cards shifting to Hawthorne, those horsemen contesting overnight races will be
given additional opportunities to race.
Expanded cards at Hawthorne will be offered on Saturday and Sunday
evening this week with a first post of 6:30 PM.
the cards from DuQuoin shift to Hawthorne, all of the
races moved over as drawn initially for the 25 races. Some top Illinois-breds
will be on the track in the non-wagering races as they gear up for possible
Night of Champions competition. In the
seventh non-wagering event, Primed N Powerful and Talk About
Valor match up. Primed N Powerful has
won eight times on the year with a 1:55.1 best mile at Scioto in the slop. Talk About Valor has
found the board in all 16 starts this season, including a victory in 1:55.1 in
eighth non-wagering event, track record holder Annas
Lucky Star returns as she looks for her seventh win of the year. The five-year-old mare has faced the boys
much of the season but gets the take on females in this event with Kyle Wilfong driving. Wilfong is back with another solid entrant in the final
non-wagering event as he drives You’remyhearthrob. A winner in 1:49.4 for the fastest mile in
Springfield this year, he looks to have returned to his top form at the right
16-race wagering card on Friday night includes eight stakes events, creating a
great Night of Champions preview just three weeks before the richest night of
harness racing in the state.
filly trotters kick off the stakes action in the
$27,250 events as the Windy Skeeter is the first
stakes event. The field of five is led
by eight-time winner Louzotic from the barn of
trainer Steve Searle for owner Flacco Family Farms
LLC. A winner of four of her last five, Louzotic’s top competition may come from Joe Joes Violet
and Heidi High. Joe Joes Violet has hit
the board in 11 of 17 starts on the year for trainer Roshun
Trigg while Heidi High is 11 of 13 in the money for trainer Charles Arthur.
Shawnee goes as race ten on Friday as a field of nine two-year-old filly
trotters line up. Trainer Steve Searle
sends out the top two choices in Bee See and Lous
Abigail. Bee See has won four of seven
starts this year, including a game victory over Lous
Abigail in the stakes final in Springfield last out. Lous Abigail has
finished first or second in all seven starts this year as she draws just to the
inside of Bee See.
filly pacers follow in the Time Dancer with a competitive field of six. Fox Valley Torrid is the morning line choice
for Fox Valley Standardbreds and trainer Rodney Freese. A five-time winner on the year, she won her
elimination in Springfield before finishing a good second in the final. The filly she finished second to was Perch, as she races for trainer Rick Schrock. A six-time winner in 2019, Perch rallied late
for the win in Springfield for driver Kyle Wilfong.
Darn Safe is next for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters with nine set to
face off. Trainer Tom Simmons sends out
morning line choice Fox Valley Quest as he has finished first or second in all
eight starts. Casey Leonard drives for
owners Carl Lacy and Benita Simmons. To
her outside is the horse who upset Fox Valley Quest in
the Springfield final, On Higher Ground.
Trained by Mike Brink, On Higher Ground has won three of his last four
as Ridge Warren takes the return drive.
filly pacers follow in the Director’s Award with a full field of ten. Double Parked benefits from
the improved post off her Springfield final as Travis Seekman
drives for owner/trainer Leroy Hunt.
A winner of six of eight starts on the year, Double Parked was
impressive in her elimination before giving way in the final. The winner of that final was Sleazy Gal as
she races for Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trainer Erv
Miller. Sleazy Gal has found the board
in five of six starts as Kyle Wilfong drives.
Governor’s Cup has a field of eight three-year-old colt and gelding
pacers. Fox Valley Ren will be heavily
favored as he carries a six race win streak into this start. Owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc. and
trained by Nelson Willis, Kyle Wilfong drives. Rg’s Tracer poses
the biggest threat to Fox Valley Ren as he has chased him home in each of his
last three starts. First or second in
all six starts, Rg’s Tracer will be driven by Travis Seekman.
Dudley Hanover goes as race 15 Friday as a competitive field of three-year-old
colt and gelding pacers battle. Meyer on
Fire is a slight favorite for Engel Stables of IL, LLC and trainer Erv Miller. A winner
of his last two, Meyer on Fire rallied late for Kyle Husted to win going
away. Second in the Springfield final
was Fox Valley Triton as he races for Dandy Farms Racing, Ft Racing Stable, and
The Terry Leonard trainee has hit the board in 10 of 12 starts this
year. He was the runner-up in each of
his Springfield starts.
final race of the 25 race bonanza Friday is the Pronto Don for three-year-old
colt and gelding trotters. Lousraptor is the favorite for Flacco
Family Farms LLC and trainer Roshun Trigg. Impressive in both wins in Springfield, he
will look to hold off Lourhianon and Louscardamon.
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.