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Hawthorne Racecourse News Release

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700

Hawthorne Spring Meet a Resounding Success

STICKNEY, IL -- The numbers have been released and they speak for themselves in the success of Hawthorne Spring racing meet. Through the introduction of the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 and more importantly, the lowered take-out on all wagers, Hawthorne showed a gain in handle and excelled on all three Triple Crown days.

Average daily handle on Hawthorne's live race cards was $2,478,624, a 24.45% increase from the $1,991,584 averaged last fall here, a 10.06% increase from Sportsman's 2001 daily average of $2,252,158 and a 37.63% increase from Sportsman's 2000 average of $1,800,950 for their spring meet.

Hawthorne was also up on combined live and fullcard handle with an average daily of $3,906,758, up 20.30% from last fall here, 19.44% from Sportsman's 2000, and 5.15% from Sportsman's spring 2001 meet.

Hawthorne excelled on all three Triple Crown days this spring as numbers were up from 2000 for each of the three racing days. On Kentucky Derby day, May 5, $4,538,751 was wagered on Hawthorne's live card, with a combined handle of live and fullcard coming to $10,300,640 for the day. On Preakness day, May 19, the numbers were very similar as Hawthorne took in $4,446,133 for the live card and $8,218,448 combined. Belmont day was also very successful with a live handle of $3,706,900 and combined coming to $7,547,762.

The story of the meet was the riding of apprentice Zoe Cadman. Cadman, 26, became the first female rider in Illinois history to win a riding title and the first apprentice since E.T. Baird (1986) to grab top honors. For the meet, Zoe was aboard 36 winners from 173 starts, with earnings of $700,624. Second in the rider standings was last season's top rider, Chris Emigh. Emigh finished three wins behind Cadman with earnings of $653,903. A top riding effort was also put forth by Hawthorne's all time leading rider, Randall Meier, as he led all jocks in earnings with $816,551, capped off by his win aboard Duckhorn in the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on May 19.

On the training side of the business, Mike Reavis collected his second consecutive training title as he narrowly edged Tom Dorris 12-11 for the top honors. There was a four way tie for third between Jere R Smith, Sr., Harvey Vanier, Christine Janks, and Hugh Robertson.

Owner Frank Calabrese returned to the top of the owner standings, edging out Lothenbach Stables for the title.

Hawthorne Race Course isn't done yet for racing in 2001 though, as we return with live racing this fall, beginning on October 31 and racing through December 31. Simulcast wagering is also available at Hawthorne daily through August 31.




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