For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Two Year Olds Take the
Lead at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL Ė As the return to live racing at Hawthorne
surpassed one month after a lengthy break for the pandemic, the babies on the
grounds were featured as they start to round into form.† The weather was great for the three day
racing weekend as handle continued to surge at Hawthorne.
††††††††††††††† The 11
race Friday card at Hawthorne belonged to driver Todd Warren.† Warren opened the night winning with Chasing
Money (1:54.2) for trainer Ronnie Roberts.†
Two races later it was a Warren driven upset as 19-1 shot Impressive
Cowboy (1:54.0) caught favored Ok Galahad for trainer Eugene Gilerman.
††††††††††††††† In the
nightís featured event, the $42,950 Cardinal for two-year-old colt and gelding
pacers, Warren pulled off another upset.†
This time he took trainer Jim Eatonís Frontier Charley (1:57.0) from
second-to-last into the winnerís circle with a late closing win at 10-1
odds.† 40-1 shot Mekkas
Big Guy rallied for second over favored Well Basically.
††††††††††††††† In the
very next race, Warren was back in the winnerís circle for his fourth time on
the card as Mighty Tony Mac (1:55.0) just got up for the victory for trainer
Tim Roach.† Warren made it a five-bagger
when he drove Better Watch Out (1:52.1) to a win in the nightcap for trainer Merv Chupp.
Todd Warren had five winners on Friday night, the spotlight also shone on his
son Ridge.† Ridge grabbed a pair of
victories as he confidently handled Toxic Rock (1:52.3) for the win in race
five.† He was back with his second
victory on the card with a very smart drive behind 10-1 shot He Gone Jack
(1:52.1), weaving his way through traffic to win race 10.
Warrenís solid Friday evening continued onward to Saturday as he guided home a
pair of winners on back to back nights.†
Ridge drove Rockyroad Aldo (1:58.0) to a 13-1
upset score in the opener for trainer Kim Roth.
††††††††††††††† He was
also in the bike for the featured $43,100 Violet for two-year-old filly pacers
behind favored Connie On The Go.† The talented youngster didnít disappoint as
she rallied in the lane to win by a neck in 1:58.2 for trainer Jamaica
Patton.† Princess Mooss
held second while Clearly The Bomb was a game third.
Leonard grabbed a three-bagger on Saturday as well.† He scored with Fox Valley Sierra (1:55.4) in
race two for Terry Leonard.† The
driver-trainer duo teamed up again to score in the open trot as Call For Justice (1:54.4) closed with a late rush for the
win.† Leonard closed out the card winning
the finale for trainer Nelson Willis with Rockinsweetvictory
Sunday evening the inexperience showed for some of the juvenile trotters as
upsets occurred throughout the night.
first of the eveningís featured events was the $22,775 Cardinal for male
juvenile trotters.† After winning earlier
in the night with Valar Morghulis
(1:53.4) in race two, driver Mike Oosting grabbed his
second win on the card as he kept Shady Maple Spirit (2:04.3) on stride to win
for trainer Dennis Gardner at odds of nearly 6-1.† The upset came after 1-9 shot Coco DíLascito broke multiple times in the race and was placed
fifth after finishing fourth while breaking through the wire.
following race was the $43,000 Violet for female juvenile trotters and again Oosting and his drive were the beneficiaries of another
costly break.† This time the break came
from 4-5 favorite Loulita who never recovered.† Oosting took
advantage, giving Myonly Sin (2:03.1) a perfect trip
in victory for trainer Erv Miller.† Oosting would go on
to cap his four win night as he guided Sport Miss Dune (1:57.0) to the win in
second division of the $22,775 Cardinal also saw another costly break to a
favorite as 3-5 shot Bobalou broke early and never recovered.† This time it was Shady Maple Valor (2:03.4)
who made the top and never looked back for driver Freddie Patton, Jr. and
trainer Roshun Trigg.††††††
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicagoís 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.