For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
State-breds Featured in Cardinal and Violet Races at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – The past weekend at Hawthorne was a big one
locally, and for the long term future of the industry in Illinois. As the summer harness meet moved into the
second month of the season, legislation was being passed in Illinois to allow for
an expansion of gaming and sports betting which will lead to a revitalization
of racing in Illinois.
track, Cardinal and Violet races were the racing focus throughout the
weekend. Things kicked off on Friday
evening as Illinois-bred three-year-old pacers were the focus in two divisions
of the Cardinal. The pair of $23,050
events went as races two and five on the Friday card.
two, a field of seven lined up, led by 3-5 favorite Fox Valley Triton with
Casey Leonard in the bike. At the start,
the second choice, just to Fox Valley Triton’s inside, Maximus was led to the
lead with Kyle Wilfong, covering the half in :29.2. Stalked by
Fox Valley Triton through a half in :59.0, Maximus was
still a length clear into the turn.
Shaking loose by two lengths into the lane, Maximus passed three
quarters in 1:26.4. Roused by Wilfong mid-stretch, Maximus was all out in the lane to
hold off Fox Valley Triton, and just did so, winning by a neck in 1:53.4. Fox Valley Triton was second while Cooter
Luke chased and held third. Maximus is
owned in partnership by The Panhellenic Stable, Corporation and trainer Ken
five Friday was the second division of the Cardinal with another field of
seven, led by heavy favorite Meyer on Fire with Tim Curtin driving. With the 1-9 favorite tucking in early,
second choice The Bucket made the lead as he passed the opening quarter in :29.1. Turning
onto the backside, Meyer on Fire moved to the front, leading the field through
the half in :56.2 and three quarter in 1:26.2 as The
Bucket chased the leader. In the lane,
Meyer on Fire opened up on The Bucket as longshot Sporty Mcgrew
moved forward. On the wire, Meyer on
Fire held clear, winning in 1:54.3.
Sporty Mcgrew rallied to finish second while
The Bucket was third. Meyer on Fire is
owned by Engel Stable of Illinois, LLC and trained by Erv
Saturday evening it was a pair of paces for Illinois-bred three-year-olds in
the Violet. Split fields of six
contested races two and four. Race two
featured 1-9 favorite Perch from the barn of Jay Garrels
as she garnered over $60,000 in the show pool on her. Perch was left to work though
early as she settled fourth behind the pace of Yankee Joanie through the
quarter in :28.0.
As the field moved to the backstretch, second choice Lilly Von Shtupp assumed command, opening up a two length lead
through a half in :58.3 and three quarters in 1:27.2.
Into the lane, Kyle Wilfong was getting after Perch
to go as Travis Seekman and Lilly Von Shtupp was still two lengths clear mid-stretch. Mid-stretch, Lilly Von Shtupp
started to slow as Perch and Winter Gram closed late. On the wire, Perch was a one length winner in
1:55.4 over Winter Gram. Lilly Von Shtupp held third.
Perch is owned in partnership by Del Insko
Training Stable, Jay and Susan Garrels.
second division of the Violet featured another heavy favorite in 3-5 shot Fox
Valley Torrid from the Rodney Freese stable. Driven by Casey Leonard, Fox Valley Torrid
tucked in behind the pace set by Valar Morghulis. After a
quarter in :28.2, Valar Morghulis ceded the lead to Fox Valley Halsey as that one
opened the lead through the half in :57.0 and three quarters in 1:26.1. On the move into the lane, Fox Valley Torrid
ranged alongside the leaders, with a trio in with a chance. Moving forward late, Fox Valley Torrid held
on to win in 1:54.1. Longshot Fox
Valley Lolo closed late from last to get up for second, while Valar Morghulis held third. Fox Valley Torrid is owned by Fox Valley
Sunday evening three trots took place with a pair of divisions for the
three-year-old male trotters and a full field of female trotters. The night opened with seven trotters to
battle for $21,750 as Lousraptor and Casey Leonard
were the 1-2 favorite for trainer Roshun Trigg. The early leader through a pedestrian quarter
in :30.3 and half in 1:01.2 was longshot Super Betcha as the favorite tucked in just behind the
leader. Taking over into the turn was Lousraptor as he passed three quarters in 1:29.2 and opened
up a two length lead into the stretch.
Nearing the wire, Lousraptor’s lead was
diminishing though as Frontier Manard closed
quickly. On the line, it was Lousraptor holding off Frontier Manard
by a head in 1:58.1. Swaneelou
closed from last to finish third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco
Family Farms LLC.
four was the second division for the boys as Lourhianon
looked for his fifth straight win as he was the 4-5 favorite. While the favorite chose to sit back early,
Trixie’s Turbo and Tyler Shehan grabbed the lead
through the opening quarter in :30.0. With longshot Lous
Endeavor chasing, Trixie’s Turbo was clear through a half in 1:00.2 and three
quarters in 1:29.4. Into the stretch, Lourhianon and Louscardamon took
up the chase. With the gap closing late,
Trixie’s Turbo dug in, holding on to win by a head in 1:58.0. Louscardamon got up
for second while Lourhianon finished third. Trixie’s Turbo is owned by Charles Doehring and trained by Jill White.
ninth saw a field of ten line up behind the starter as female trotters were led
by 1-9 favorite Louzotic, fresh off a win in leg one
of the Beulah Dygert Memorial the week prior. Leading the field through the first turn was Puddin Cheeks as she passed the quarter in
:28.2. Wasting no time, Kyle
Husted guided the favorite to the front and passing the half in
:58.2. With Heidi High taking up
the chase from her outside draw, Louzotic was two
lengths clear of her through three quarters in 1:27.2. Into the lane, Louzotic
opened up, winning by three lengths in 1:56.1.
Heidi High finished second while Lou’s Paramour closed for third. Louzotic is owned
by Flacco Family Farms LLC and trained by Steve
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.