For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Things Heating Up in Leg Two Night of Champions Races
STICKNEY, IL – As summer finally came to the Chicagoland
area, the action was heating up on the racetrack as leg two action
for the Night of Champions races took place this past weekend at
Hawthorne. Three-year-old pacers were
the focus on Saturday night while three-year-old trotters took center stage on
of divisions took place on Saturday as Illinois-bred fillies were the focus in
the Plum Peachy while the boys battled in a pair of divisions of the Robert F.
Carey, Jr. Memorial.
two was the first division of the Plum Peachy as a field of seven was led by Fox
Valley Lolo. Getting away quickly was Valar Morghulis as she made the lead while chased by Fox Valley
Torrid through the opening quarter in :28.4. Things remained the same through a half in :58.4 as Valar Morghulis led the field into the turn. First to move was Fox Valley Halsey as she
ranged up to contend while Valar Morghulis
passed three quarters in 1:27.0. Into
the lane, Fox Valley Torrid and Casey Leonard tipped out to challenge, taking
over mid-stretch and opening up for the victory in 1:53.1. Valar Morghulis held second while Fox Valley Lolo rallied late to
finish third. Fox Valley Torrid is owned
by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Rodney Freese.
three Saturday was the first division of leg two of the Robert F. Carey, Jr.
Memorial as Meyer on Fire was sent away as the favorite. Leaving from the outside for the lead was
Casey Leonard and Fox Valley Triton as he cleared The Bucket to pass the
quarter in :28.3.
Slowing things down on the backside, Fox Valley Triton led the field
through the half in :59.1 as Meyer on Fire started to
move from the back of the field. On the
turn, Meyer on Fire moved alongside Fox Valley Triton as the duo covered three
quarters in 1:26.3. In the lane, Fox Valley Triton repelled Meyer on Fire’s
bid, winning in 1:53.3. Meyer on Fire
held second while The Bucket finished third.
Fox Valley Triton is owned by Dandy Farms Racing, FT Racing Stable, and
fifth on Saturday was the second division of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial
as Maximus was favored with Kyle Wilfong
driving. Making the lead was Maximus as
he cruised through the quarter in :28.4 and the half
in :58.4 as Coming Up chased. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Maximus
maintained his lead, holding on to win in 1:55.0. Coming Up chased the entire way around to
hold second while Smash N Sagebrush was third.
Maximus is owned and trained by Ken Rucker.
seven on Saturday was the second division of leg two of the Plum Peachy as
Perch as favored with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Making the lead was Lilly Von Shtupp as Perch stalked through the quarter in :28.2. Unchanged
were the positions after the half in :58.0. On the turn, Wilfong
tipped Perch out as she rolled to the front through three quarters in
1:26.4. Roused in the lane, Perch opened
up, winning while clear in 1:53.3. Lilly Von Shtupp
held second while Brienne the beauty finished third. Perch is owned by Del Insko
Training Stable, Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by
Saturday was a nice evening for racing, things turned for the worse on Sunday
as the three-year-old trotters faced a sloppy racetrack. Two divisions of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot were contested for the boys while a
field of nine lined up in the second leg of the Beulah Dygert
Memorial for the females.
two on Sunday was the first division of the Erwin F. Dygert
Memorial as the field of seven was led by Louscardamon
with Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for
the lead was Swaneelou as he cruised through a
quarter in :30.3.
Moving to take over on the backside was the favorite as Louscardamon passed the half in :59.3. Maintaining his lead in the turn, Louscardamon covered three quarters in 1:29.4 and was asked
by Husted to go in the lane. He
responded well, opening up his lead to win clearly in 1:58.1. Swaneelou held
second while longshot Super Betcha rallied to finish
is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and Dr. Patrick
Graham and trained by Steve Searle.
five was the second division of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert
Memorial with a competitive field of seven.
Lourhianon went favored with Luke Plano in the
bike. Breaking stride at the start was
Trixie’s Turbo which allowed Frontier Manard to set
an easy pace through a quarter in :31.2 and half in
1:01.1 as Lourhianon chased. Into the turn, Lourhianon took over while Lousraptor
followed closely behind through three quarters in 1:30.2. In the lane, Casey Leonard guided Lousraptor out as he rolled by the favorite and opened up,
winning in 1:57.3. Lourhianon
finished second while For Trots Sakes closed for third. Lousraptor is owned
by Flacco Family Farms and trained by Roshun Trigg.
eight was the second leg of the Beulah Dygert
Memorial with a field of nine led by Louzotic with
Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for the
lead was Heidi High from the inside as Louzotic moved
early to challenge. Heidi High passed
the quarter in :28.4 with the lead as the favorite
chased. After a half in
:59.2, Heidi High maintained her lead into the turn. Lou’s Paramour started to move on the outside
but Heidi High still held her lead through 1:29 for three quarters. In the lane, Heidi High was roused by Juan
Franco as Louzotic tried hard but she couldn’t go
by. Heidi High held on to win in 1:56.1
Skippymalou finished third. Heidi High is owned and trained by Charles
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.