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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/28/06)

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Illinois Champions Day -- A Handicapper’s Delight

A plethora of stakes action, the $50,000 Midwest Championship Handicapping Contest & book signings give fans multiple reasons to enjoy live racing at Hawthorne on Saturday!

With six, wide-open $100,000 stakes highlighting the ten-race Illinois Champions Day card, bettors are chomping at the bit to punch some lucrative winning tickets, but there are additional reasons for both racing experts and aspiring handicappers alike to venture out to Hawthorne on Saturday.

Hawthorne’s Spring Series Championship wrapped up last Sunday, and when the dust cleared, James Sypula emerged as the king of the handicapping hill. In a presentation following the first race on Saturday, Sypula will receive his championship jacket and trophy, and will be awarded a two-year lease on a hemi-powered 2006 Dodge Charger, courtesy of Frank Mancari. Top five finishers (listed below) will 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.

Spring Series Championship

Final Results

Rank Name Score
1 James Sypula 1635
2 James Manganiello 1560
3 Jim Benes 1501
4 John Materko 1498
5 Terry Lee Bjork 1496
6 James Wissig 1463
7 Patti Wissig 1418
8 Sara Miehlke 1415
9 Nancy Pettiford 1387
10 John Meyer 1363

There are still a handful of entries available for the $50,000 Midwest Championship handicapping contest, a two-day tournament to be held Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30.


Day 1 - 4/29/06: Hawthorne 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 10*

Day 2 - 4/30/06: Hawthorne Live Races*

****Tournament Players Please Handicap All Live Races In the Event that Races Must Be Adjusted on Tournament Day!!***

Contest Package Includes: 2006 Annual Pass, Catered Lunch Buffets for the Tournament Dates, and Entry Into the $50,000 Midwest Championship For Just $200 or 10,000 Club Hawthorne Points!!

Contact Special Events or Customer Service at 708-780-3700 or email to register for the tournament.

A pair of handicapping experts, Noel Michaels and Greg “Boomer” Rye will also be on hand to autograph copies of their respective books, and to test their skills in the Midwest Championship.

Noel Michaels: Midwest Championship Contest Area -- 3rd Floor of the Grandstand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Greg “Boomer” Rye: 1st Floor of the Grandstand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chicago native Noel Michaels is the author of the Handicapping Contest Handbook.

A required reading for all tournament players, the revised handbook is packed with winning tips and is an indispensable tool for all horseplayers on the quest for the ultimate prize: the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and the title "Handicapper of the Year." The newly revised and updated Handbook contains 100 extra pages not included in Michaels' smash-hit original release, which came out in 2002. Widely considered to be the tournament players' "Bible", the Handicapping Contest Handbook is required reading for any avid or occasional tournament player.

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Professional handicapper Greg "Boomer" Wry, is a veteran track announcer, handicapper, columnist and author in the field of horse racing with 25+ years of experience. He authored How to Turn Any Racetrack Into Your Own Money Machine (and be just one of the 2% that do). This book is designed to teach you everything you need to know about handicapping horse racing, from learning to properly spot wagers with solid betting strategies, to properly managing your bankroll.

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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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