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Looking Back At A Wonderful Meet - Part 2
Entering December, it was a new face that grabbed his first career win. Jockey Axel Dasilva guided eight-year-old gelding Cowboy Jo to victory on December 23 for the victory in only his tenth career mount.
Things were still very heated for the trainer and jockey standings and Hugh Robertson, Harvey Vanier and Mike Reavis were all very close for top trainer, and along with Emigh and Cadman was Larry Sterling Jr., Chris Valovich and Randy Meier in the jockey race.
But in the end, it was Reavis who ran away with the training title with 32 victories. Hugh Robertson was second with 23 and Jere Smith, Sr. third with 22.
In the jockey's race, Chris Emigh held off a late charge by Larry Sterling Jr. 59 - 53 with Zoe Cadman finishing third with 46.
Owner Louis O'Brien grabbed the leading owner honors with 12 wins as he held off Lothenbach Stables Inc. by one victory.
Handle numbers were also very promising for the 2000 meet as daily combined handle between live racing and full-card simulcasting averaged $4,003,465 per day. This was a 0.49% decrease from last year's average of $4,023,476, a good sign when taking note that last year's meeting covered a majority of the summer months as well.
Daily in-state handle in 2000 was $2,216,753, up 4.15% from the 1999 average of $2,128,398. All full-card figures were up as well, with total full-card rising 10.25% in 2000 with a daily average of $2,014,287, up from the 1999 average of $1,826,866.
Even though this year's meeting lasted only 63 days, with five cards lost to adverse winter conditions, Hawthorne's Director of Operations, Thomas F. Carey III was very pleased with the results, "Although we have been challenged with everything from politics to Mother Nature, I am extremely pleased at the way the entire Hawthorne team came together to make this a successful meet. I especially want to compliment the track crew who kept us running, for the most part, despite the snowiest winter in over 50 years. I also want to extend a very special thanks to the jockeys in particular and all the horsemen for pulling together to keep us running despite the unfavorable conditions.
"I'm looking forward, with a good deal of optimism, to the challenge of holding a spring meeting. Though we've had to make some changes in our scheduling, we're going to make the best of this opportunity. When we reopen, on May 1st, we'll be ready for the successful transition. This will give us the opportunity to showcase our terrific turf course. And, when we close for the summer months, the turf course will have a chance to regenerate, so we'll be able to offer quality turf racing in the autumn as well."
In 2001, Hawthorne races from May 1 - June 10 and October 31 - December 31. First post for all days will be 1:00 PM.
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