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Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes

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Jockey and Trainer Races Heating Up Early

Only 15 days into the fall meet at Hawthorne, and a pair of top efforts have been put forth on the riding and training end of business.

Jockey Shane Laviolette has had the hot hand in the riding standings as he is the leader of this very strong jockey colony. The 28-year-old Louisiana native got off to his start this fall with his first win of the meeting being the 1,000th of his riding career on November 2.

Shane followed that day up by posting the second four-bagger of his career on the following Sunday. The jockey of the week for the first week of the meet, Laviolette leads all riders with 19 wins from 98 starts for $317,557 in earnings.

Second in the rider standings for wins and leading in earnings is Hawthorne's all-time leading rider Randall Meier. Meier battled for top rider in the spring this year, but came up a little bit short for victories, but led in earnings with his big score coming aboard Duckhorn in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

Randy has kept the money rolling in as he grabbed a pair of stakes victories on Illinois Festival Day when he guided home Capitol View in the Powerless Stakes and Magic Doe in the Lightning Jet on November 10. After 101 mounts into the fall meet, Meier sits in second with 14 winners and leads in earnings with $335,568 in purses.

Another jock off to a good start this fall is Eusebio Razo, Jr. Razo has posted 12 wins this fall from only 66 starters for impressive earnings of $247,082. Just behind Razo is a pair of riders with ten victories as Larry Sterling, Jr. is tied with last fall's champion Chris Emigh for fourth in the standings.

On the training end of the game, top honors 15 days into the fall meet go to Tom Tomillo, who has been sending out winners at a 29% rate. He hasn't been shy about sending horses to the track either as he has sent out a leading 38 starters this fall, with 11 coming back as victors. The leading trainer at Hawthorne in 1988 and 1990, Tomillo is only five winners away from passing his total for last fall's Hawthorne meet.

Second in the standings, and the highest percentage trainer for the meet, Chris Block has sent out winners at a 58% rate. With only 12 starters this fall, Block has had seven winners and 10 of 12 on the board for $170,880. Maybe the most impressive of his winners could be two-year-old Cashel Castle, a recent allowance winner here who is looking to jump to stakes-company in his next start.

Tied with Block for second in the trainer standings is longtime horseman Ron Goodridge. With his seven wins from 34 starters, Goodridge posted a big day on November 10 as he had three wins on the day, highlighted by Capitol View's win in the Powerless Stakes. Goodridge has also given his followers a bigger pocketbook as his winners have average a win payout of well over $20.00.

Three trainers just below Tomillo, Block and Goodridge who can't be overlooked could jump into the mix for leading trainer at any time, as Jere R. Smith Sr., Noel Hickey, and Mike Reavis are all close to breaking into the top three.




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