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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/21/06)

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Last Chance to "Spring" Into the Midwest Championship!

Lots at stake in Hawthorne's Spring Series Handicapping Finales

The final weekend of Hawthorne’s Spring Championship Handicapping Series is upon us. The top ten finishers in both Saturday’s “Down to the Wire” tourney and Sunday’s “Spring Series Finale” will earn berths into the coveted $50,000 Midwest Championship, to be held at Hawthorne April 29-30. If you haven’t secured your entry into the Midwest Championship, please do so immediately; time is running out. Remember, if you earn a berth through one of this weekend’s contests, the $200 entry fee you paid to secure your entry is refundable. Entries are limited to two per contestant. Contact Monique Mahler at 708-780-3700 for more information.

This weekend’s contest results are also critical in determining the “Spring Series Champion.” Top five finishers in the Spring Series receive an entry into the Gold Coast Summer Classic, to be held at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 20-22. The package includes hotel accommodations and a $500 travel voucher. In addition to the Summer Classic package, the Spring Series tournament king or queen will also receive a two-year lease on a hemi-powered 2006 Dodge Charger, courtesy of Mancari’s, along with a championship jacket and trophy.

As you can tell by the current standings, the Spring Series is up for grabs!

Spring Series Year to Date

Rank Name Score
1 James Manganiello 1,450
2 James Sypula 1,446
3 Jim Benes 1,385
4 John Materko 1,368
5 John Meyer 1,361
6 Terry Lee Bjork 1,360
7 Nancy Pettiford 1,302
8 Sara Miehlke 1,267
9 James Wissig 1,251
10 Patti Wissig 1,222

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week: Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

Hawthorne’s summer 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day, Saturday, May 6, post time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

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