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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/19/06)

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Red Hot Saturday on Tap

The action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night at Hawthorne, and racing secretary Billy Perkins didn’t waste any time giving the fans what they want to see.

In the evening’s curtain raiser, Hot N Sporty, a winner of 11 of 14 starts in an incredible 2-year-old season, makes his sophomore debut for trainer James Crebs in Leg One of The Hothead. Installed as Tony Simone’s 5-2 favorite, the gelded son of Sportsmaster returns to the races off a pair of impressive qualifying wins at Hawthorne. Driver Tony Morgan will have his work cut out for him from the ten-hole.

My Boy David (post 8), who set a world record time of 1:52 4/5 over Maywood’s half-mile oval in the Cardinal last fall, hopes to get back on track off a pair of uncharacteristically bad performances there this spring, and the red hot Fox Valley Cruiser (post 2 as part of an entry) looks to build on a two-race win streak.

A wide open Leg One of The Jimmy Pilot is programmed as race five. The nine horses entered bring combined earnings of over $2.6 million to the table, and the Dave McCaffrey-trained entry of Live Out Loud (post 1) and Ithinki’msomebody (post 9) has been installed as Tony Simone’s lukewarm 3-1 favorite. Other major players in The Jimmy Pilot include: King Johnny, Team Hutch, Cheyenne Bodie, Fox Valley Gallant and Constant Change.

Also on the card, Yukon Cornelius looks for his third consecutive Free For All victory of the Hawthorne meet in the evening’s ninth event.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Handicap!

The second of three handicapping satellite tournaments into the $10,000 Club Hawthorne Handicapping Invitational, to be held on Sunday, June 11, will be offered on Sunday, May 21. The grand prize is $500, and the top ten finishers will earn a berth into the lucrative Final.

The tournaments are open to all horseplayers, but are limited to the first 300 who register. For just $10, contestants receive an appetizer and dessert buffet and an opportunity to compete for over $1,000 in prize money. The contests are held on the third floor of the grandstand, and registration begins at 5 p.m.

The third and final satellite will be held Sunday, June 4.

Hawthorne’s spring 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, and opening day, Saturday May 6 (special early post).

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.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.

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