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Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes

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Your Money or Your Life (livelihood)

It was announced Monday that jockeys at the Chicagoland racetracks will now have the option of paying fines instead of getting suspended for riding infractions. According to State Steward Joseph Lindeman, jockeys who would have been suspended for three racing days will now have the option of paying a $1500 fine, while jockeys who would have incurred a five-day suspension can continue to ride by coughing up $2500.

This choice has been offered in other racing jurisdictions, including Fairmount and various harness tracks, for quite some time.

Chris Valovich holds the dubious honor of being the first to make the choice at Hawthorne. He got nailed twice on Saturday, both $1500 infractions.

The Illinois General Budget Fund thanks him.

Declared Non-Starter

Sharon N, number eight in Monday's seventh race, was declared a non starter after he reared in the gate, and was restrained to protect the jockey, right when the gate opened for the start of the race.

Money was refunded on win, place, and show wagers, the trifecta and the superfecta. Those using the eight in the Pick 3 and Pick 4 were given the post-time favorite.

Races Tighten Even More

Things got a little closer Monday as Chris Emigh won two to Zoe Cadman's one, giving Cadman a slim three-victory (30-27) margin going into Tuesday.

Tom Dorris and Hugh Robertson who were tied for the lead in the trainers standings each won one race, giving both nine for the meet. Michael Reavis scored once giving him eight. Wayne Catalano won one giving him seven and placing him in a tie with Pat Cuccurullo, Jere Smith Sr., and Harvey Vanier




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