|Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes
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A "Living Legend"
It's not everyday that you get to meet a legend but we were extremely fortunate when Robert Armitt Jones stopped by the press box Saturday morning. Never heard of him? How about jockey "Cowboy" R. A. Jones?
"Cowboy" has been a fixture at Midwest racetracks for years. Many years. In fact, he scored his first win in 1959. He was sixteen at the time. As he tells it; "It was a race of 1s. It was the first race of the meeting; it was my first race at a recognized racetrack; the horse was in the one-hole; and he led all the way. He was also the favorite." Unfortunately, he wasn't even money.
When I referred to him as a legend he just laughed. "I'd prefer the term 'living legend'. From my point of view it sounds a lot better if you know what I mean.
$100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6
The Pick 6 was hit for the third straight day. One winning ticket paid $76,906. Ouch! But, that $100,000 will be up again tomorrow. It could be your chance to win.
New Track Records
Poor Minor Wisdom. He went into Saturday's races holding two track records. He left the races holding none.
Galic Boy set a new track record in Saturday's sixth race. His 1:41.48 for about one mile and one sixteenth (turf) eclipsed Minor Wisdom's record of 1:42.04 set on September 25, 1999.
Holy Conflict took care of the other one. His 1:49.24 for the about one and one eighth miles (turf) demolished Minor Wisdom's record of 1:49.48 set August 18, 1999.
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