For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Stakes Action Returns
to Hawthorne Turf Course
STICKNEY, IL – After rain dominated the first two weeks of
racing for the fall thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race
Course, leaving races unable to be contested on the turf course, clear
skies and warm temperatures have prevailed this week as three stakes races will
return to the Hawthorne turf. On
Saturday afternoon a pair of turf stakes have been carded as the $60,000 added
Illini Princes Stakes and $100,000 Hawthorne Derby, presented by BetMakers will be run.
On Sunday, the newly named The Pizza Man Stakes will be contested. The Illini Princess is for Illinois-bred
females, three-year-olds and up to go at 1 1/16 miles
on the turf. The Hawthorne Derby,
presented by BetMakers is an open stakes event for
three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on the grass. The Pizza Man Stakes is for Illinois-breds, three-year-olds and up,
also to be run at 1 1/16 miles on the Hawthorne turf. A look at the three turf stakes:
Saturday – Race 4 - $60,000 Added Illini Princess
To be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the $60,000
added Illini Princess Stakes is for Illinois-bred females, three-year-olds and upward. The
2019 champ of this race returns as Bramble Queen is the 2-1 morning line
favorite for owner Ballybrit Stable, LLC and trainer
Mike Dini. A ten-time winner from 36
career starts, the well-traveled Bramble Queen has earned over $330,000 on her
career. This summer, Bramble Queen
became graded stakes placed when she rallied to finish third in the Grade 3
Modesty at Arlington Park. She followed
that race with a victory in the Mike Spellman Memorial Stakes on August
14. Jareth Loveberry
rides on Saturday. Emmanuel Esquivel
returns to Hawthorne to ride 4-1 second-choice W W
Fitzy for trainer Cipriano Contreras. Despite only a couple of turf starts, W W Fitzy has been excellent on the main track, winning a
tough optional-claiming allowance race this spring at Oaklawn and most recently
taking a starter race at Belterra.
Three-year-old filly Katie M’Lady has been
excellent on the turf for owners Cherrywood Racing Stables, II & Oak Rock
Racing LLC. Trained by Michele Boyce,
Katie M’Lady has won four of five turf starts on her
young career, including a front-end score in the Sharon Kirby Memorial Stakes
at Arlington on August 7. Regular rider
Julio Felix will be aboard once again as Katie M’Lady
is 5-1 in the morning line.
PP Horse Trainer Jockey M/L
Queen M. Dini J. Loveberry 2-1
Alliance H. Rodriguez A. Rodriguez 30-1
3 Embarrassing H. Rodriguez J. Lopez 30-1
4 White Lies P. Miller A. Quinonez 20-1
5 W W Fitzy C.
Contreras E. Esquivel 4-1
Away M. Perez V. Santiago 12-1
7 Twelve Red
Roses C. Banks E. Perez 50-1
8 Summer Day A. Mitchell R. Bowen 8-1
9 Cat Attack M. Boyce C. Roman 6-1
Proper C. Block J. Tavares 10-1
11 Katie M’Lady M.
Boyce J. Felix 5-1
Saturday – Race 6 - $100,000 Hawthorne Derby Presented
After a three-year break, the Hawthorne Derby returns to the
turf course to be contested at 1 1/8 miles.
A competitive field of seven is led by 5-2 morning line favorite Last
Samurai from the barn of trainer Dallas Stewart. Owned by Willis Horton Racing, LLC, Last
Samurai just began his turf career this summer with a near miss in a Churchill
allowance on June 6. He won his next
out, a turf allowance score at Colonial before running ninth in the Dueling
Grounds Derby on September 5. His most
recent race was a near miss, losing by a neck in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at Parx on September 25. Jon Court rides on Saturday. Trainer Brad Cox sends 7-2 second-choice
Royal Prince for owner Steve Landers Racing, LLC. A winner of four of 11 starts in his career
on the grass, Royal Prince has scored three times this year, taking the Black
Gold at Fair Grounds, Bayou City at Sam Houston and most recently the Caesars
via disqualification at Indiana Grand on September 8. Fernando De La Cruz rode in the Caesars and
gets the return ride Saturday. After
four starts in Ireland to open his career, Modus Operandi (Ire) makes his
second turf start in North America for trainer Brendan Walsh. The son of Frankel (GB), Modus Operandi
started two weeks ago on the Keeneland turf, closing late after a slow start to
finish sixth. The 4-1 third-choice
in the Hawthorne Derby, Modus Operandi will be ridden on Saturday by Alonso Quinonez.
PP Horse Trainer Jockey M/L
Streak G. Arnold, II D. Carroll 9-2
Samurai D. Stewart J. Court 5-2
Tantrum A. Hernandez C. Emigh 8-1
Operandi (Ire) B. Walsh A. Quinonez 4-1
Scars C. Block D. Parker 20-1
Prince B. Cox F. De La Cruz 7-2
7 Mohs P. McBurney J. Loveberry 5-1
Sunday – Race 5 - $60,000 Added The
Pizza Man Stakes
Best known for his victory in the 2015 Arlington Million,
Illinois-bred The Pizza Man broke his maiden over the Hawthorne turf course in
2012 and later that fall won The Buck’s Boy Handicap, the namesake of this
stakes event until this year. Weather
could be a factor for the Sunday event as rain is in the forecast for this 1 1/16 mile turf event for Illinois-bred three-year-olds and up. The
wide-open field of 11 is led by 4-1 morning line choice Fly Nightly for owners
Marsico Brothers Racing and trainer Brittany Vanden Berg. Fly Nightly has found the board in 10 of 11
starts on the year, including five victories.
Claimed for $20,000 in May, Fly Nightly won a state-bred allowance in
his second start for his new connections and followed that race with an
open-allowance score. He finished fifth
in the state-bred Black Tie Affair stakes on the Arlington turf before running
a good third in another tough open allowance in his last out. Chris Emigh rides on Sunday.
15-time turf winner Cammack runs for owner
Team Block and trainer Chris Block. The 2018 winner of this race and 2019
runner-up, Cammack is still going strong at
11-years-old as he was second two starts back in the Black
Tie Affair. Jose Lopez will be
aboard Cammack once again.
PP Horse Trainer Jockey M/L
1 Land Mark Deal C.
Block D. Parker 6-1
2 Ioya Again C.
Block J. Tavares 5-1
Nightly B. Vanden
Berg C. Emigh 4-1
4 One Way
Home M. Perez R. Bowen 15-1
5 Cammack C.
Block J. Lopez 9-2
6 What’s Up
Dude M. Cristel V. Santiago 12-1
7 Readthecliffnotes M.
Boyce E. Perez 15-1
8 Blue Sky Kowboy M.
Boyce C. Roman 6-1
9 Richiesgotgame L.
10 Iwillpersevere M.
11 Coming Up
Aces P. Miller A. Quinonez 12-1
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s
Hometown Track, races three meets in 2021.
The spring thoroughbred meet concluded on April 25. The summer Suburban
Downs at Hawthorne harness meet began Friday, May 7 and concluded on September
26. The fall thoroughbred meet opened October 8 and races through December 27. First
post daily in October and November is 3:10 PM. In December, first post moves to
12:55 PM. For any information about Hawthorne Race Course
visit the website www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com.