For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Spreading the Wealth
STICKNEY, IL – The first three day racing week of the
Hawthorne meet saw the addition of Friday racing as horses continue to get fit
and race-ready. While the opening three
weeks of the Hawthorne meeting saw different drivers and trainers making their
mark, everyone seemed to get into the mix in week four.
Friday evening eight race card found eight different trainers in the winner’s
circle with driver Juan Franco being the only driver to post a double on the
card. Friday’s card saw Fancy Creek
Jolene (1:55.2) return to the form see showed a couple of years ago in winning
the opener for trainer Kim Hamilton.
16-1 shot Undrafted (1:55.2) gave Franco his driving double in winning
race three. The fastest mile on the
night came in the finale as Youmakemyheartsing
(1:53.2) won for driver Kyle Wilfong and trainer
opened with Fox Valley Lincoln (1:56.3) getting his second consecutive win for
Mike Oosting and trainer Dee Cozzi. Louscaramon
(1:57.2) became a three-time winner this meet as Casey Leonard guided him home
in the second for trainer Steve Searle.
Leonard got his second driving victory on the card in the fourth as
Lindy’s Big Bang (1:56.2) took the Open trot in the evening’s feature. A driving double on the card also came from
Mike Oosting, winning race three with Spunky Bottom
Girl (1:57.1). Kyle and Brett Wilfong closed out the night taking the late double as
Boogie on Down (1:55.4) won the eighth race followed
by Be Magical (1:59.0) winning the finale.
Trainer Steve Searle got his second Saturday win as Coming Up (1:57.1)
was handled nicely by driver James Molitor in race
action found us with a three-time winner to start the night as My Uptowne Girl (1:56.0) took the opener for Juan Franco and
trainer Gerald Hansen. Back to back Open
paces followed with Dee Rocks (1:54.2) holding off favored Rollin Coal for
driver Ridge Warren in the second race while Castle Flight (1:52.1) was
impressive once again in winning race three for Kyle Wilfong. The Sunday card closed with three consecutive
driving doubles. First it was Mike Oosting winning races four and five with Valar Morghulis (1:56.0) and Dirt
E Rock (1:56.0). Next up was Brandon
Bates as he took the sixth with Bluebird Luigi (2:00.2) followed by Slow Your
Roll (1:59.2) in the seventh. Todd
Warren drove home the final double on the night, winning the eighth behind
Cookies Empire (1:56.2) and Crystal Hotspur (1:58.4) in the evening’s final
on the weekend, 20 different trainers and 11 different drivers won races from
the 26 conducted in the three day period.
Through four weeks, Mike Oosting has taken
over the lead in the driving standings with 14 victories. He is followed by Kyle Wilfong
(13), Casey Leonard and Todd Warren (12), and Brandon Bates with 11
victories. Trainer Steve Searle remains
atop the training standings, sending out eight winners from 33 starters. Derek Burklund
follows in second with seven wins and there is a three-way tie for third
between Brett Wilfong, Mike Brink, and Ronnie Roberts,
each with six victories.
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.