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Hawthorne Announces Fan Appreciation Day

On closing day, Monday, January 1, 2001, Hawthorne will offer on-site reduced takeout on all win, place, and show betting, as well as in all of the exotics, including the Pick 9. In addition, the first 3,000 fans will receive a beautiful Hawthorne clock. Hawthorne will also offer its fan-friendly format with parking, admission, programs, hot dogs, and tap beer for the discounted price of $1.

"On behalf of the entire staff at Hawthorne, I would personally like to extend our sincerest appreciation to all of our fans," stated Thomas F. Carey III, Director of Operations. "The implementation of this Fan Appreciation Day is our small way of thanking all of you for your support, in the past and in the future. Please come out and help us celebrate. It's going to be a great time.

"We're very excited about the future. We have terrific plans for 2001. We believe it's going to be a great year for Illinois racing, and especially great for Hawthorne. We hope you will continue to honor us with your support."

Trainer And Jockey Races Down To The Wire

As of Thursday afternoon, the races for the riding and training titles were too close to call. Michael Reavis was atop the trainer's standings with 27 wins, 17 places, and 13 shows from 98 starters at the meet. He was, however, in second place in earnings. His $537,707 was second to Harvey Vanier's $543,830. Unofficially, however, with at least two victories on Friday afternoon, he could have rushed to the lead in that category also. He could be extremely tough to catch.

Hugh Robertson, with 23 victories, 16 places, six shows, and $403,494 in earnings, from 88 starts, held second place at the end of Thursday's races. Harvey Vanier started 114 runners, scoring with 21, finishing second with 21, and had 15 wind up with the show dough. Jere Smith Sr. was one winner behind Vanier, with 20. All four of these trainers have large stables but really didn't have that many horses entered for Saturday's or Sunday's card. Jere Smith Sr. has six scheduled to run between Saturday and Sunday. Michael Reavis, Hugh Robertson, and Harvey Vanier all have four entered. But, it could all come down to closing day. It's likely that all of these sharp trainers will have a few ready to roll on Monday. If things are close after Sunday's races it might be a good idea to play a Pick 9 using only the runners sent out by these trainers.

It appeared, two weeks ago, that Chris Emigh was going to emerge with the 2000 Hawthorne jockey title. Now things aren't quite as certain. Larry Sterling Jr. has been on a major roll. It has coincided with the huge rush seen by Michael Reavis. After Thursday's races he trailed Emigh by five winners but he won two of the first three races on Friday and, when this story was filed, was only three victories behind.

The jockey's title is undoubtedly tied to the trainer's race. Emigh rides first call for Vanier and has been riding many for Robertson. Sterling became the rider for the Reavis barn last week. It's possible that it will all come down to the last race.





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