For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Searle Barn Off to
Hot Start at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – Week two of the harness season at Hawthorne
was vastly different from opening weekend in regards to weather as temperatures
rose by 20 degrees and a feeling of spring was in the air. Week two also produced some fine results for
horses and barns that showed they were fit and ready for the early start to the
barn that has benefitted early on is trainer Steve Searle’s stable. After a strong opening weekend that saw three
Searle entrants find their way into the winner’s circle along with four others
finish second from nine starts, there was no slowing them down in week two.
got off to a quick start for Searle on Saturday evening as Louscardamon
trotted to victory in the night’s opener in 1:58.0 for driver Casey Leonard,
making her the first two-time winner of the meet. In the very next race we had our second
repeat winner as Searle trained trotter, Louzotic
(1:56.4) was impressive in winning right back over another Searle trainee in Lousraptor. Casey
Leonard was in the bike with Louzotic, giving him the
Illinois-bred Rollin Coal (1:55.4) was game in victory for driver Juan Franco
and trainer Hosea Williams in race three, we had another two-time winner on the
meet in the fourth race. Todd Warren
trained and driven Always A Law (1:53.4) just held off
Salvatore to win the fourth by a nose.
part of Saturday’s 13 race card belonged to trainers Merv
Chupp and Derek Burklund. Chupp trained Its
Chocolate Time (1:58.4) trotted to a win for Brandon Bates in race five. Chupp also sent out
Northern Angle (1:54.2) to a score for Casey Leonard in race eight.
Derek Burklund trainees found the winner’s circle three times
Saturday. Race six saw a 6-1 upset as
Luke’s Rocketman (1:56.0) scored for Kyle Wilfong. The duo of Burklund and Wilfong was right
back in the winner’s circle the following race, this time with Castle Flight
(1:51.1), a five length winner in a tough open pace. Tyler Shehan guided
home 20-1 shot Holdonwe’rerolling (1:54.2) to a clear
victory in race ten, leading a $161.80 Burklund
exacta which saw his Adventure Bound finish second in that race.
night closed with driver Casey Leonard getting his fourth win on the card as Ponda’s Prospect (1:55.0) won race 12. Driver Kyle Wilfong
capped Saturday night, grabbing his third victory of the evening as Boogie on Down (1:55.2) won the nightcap.
night at Hawthorne was a tail of two halves as the first half of the card saw
upsets aplenty while the second half was very chalky.
evening kicked off with 7-1 winner Toxic Rock (1:55.3) for driver Ridge Warren
and trainer Mike Brink. It was bombs
away in race two as Perfectly Dune (1:59.0) got up in the shadow of the wire
for driver Travis Seekman to win at odds of 96-1 for
trainer Matt Rodriguez. With a 48-1
third-place finisher and 28-1 fourth-place finisher in that race, the $.20 superfecta returned $12,187 to a single winner.
three it was 10-1 shot Downwyn Shark (1:54.2) who was
game on the front end for trainer Marna Shehan and driver Tyler Shehan. Third choice My Uptowne
Girl (1:57.0) won race four, making her the fourth repeat winner on the meet,
before 8-1 winner Queens N Tens (1:55.4) become the fifth two-time winner on
the meet, scoring in race five.
the far outside draw, Dirt E Rock (1:56.2) was very impressive at first asking,
winning her debut in race six for trainer Mike Brink as he was driven by Mike Oosting. Thought
Provoking (1:55.4) won race seven, making her the sixth repeat winner in the
first two weeks of racing. Leonard and
Searle teamed up to win the eighth with Joe Joes Violet (2:00.4) before Tyler Shehan and Derek Burklund closed
out the weekend with Pirates Alley (1:56.1) winning the Sunday finale.
weeks in, driver Casey Leonard has moved to the top of the driver standings
with nine wins. Brandon Bates continued
his hot start as he is second in the standings with eight victories. Mike Oosting
follows with six wins and Todd Warren has five.
Trainer Steve Searle has sent out six winners to open the meet while 13
of his first 18 starters have found the board.
Derek Burklund’s good weekend moved him to
second with four victories while Jace Sundeen and Terry Leonard are tied with three wins apiece.
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. 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.