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Hawthorne Racecourse (5/24/06)

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Loyal Opposition Returns to Where It All Started!

Illinois-bred champ on target for Night of Champions

One of the greatest Illinois Breds of all-time will make an appearance on Friday night at Hawthorne in a stake series which bears her name.

Loyal Opposition, the 6-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler, with earnings of $2,674,528 in the bank, will start tonight in Leg Two of the $15,000 Loyal Opposition Stake (race five). The $50,000 est. Loyal Opposition Final, along with six other stakes, will commence on Hawthorne’s second annual Night Of Champions, held Saturday, June 3.

Loyal Opposition’s illustrious career actually began at Hawthorne on June 27, 2002 as the Erv Miller trainee won her first pari-mutuel start in leg one of the Red White and Blue Stake Series by seven lengths in 1:55.3. Her final quarter that day was clocked in :26.4. Loyal Opposition went on to win Leg Two the following week before capturing the $53,100 Final in 1:53.3. She concluded her 2-year-old season winning 14 of 15 starts and bankrolling $886,230.

During her amazing career, Loyal Opposition has won 48 of 81 starts, and her mark of 1:48.4 makes her one of the three “fastest mares of all-time,” a record she shares with Frightening and Carolina Sunshine.

She has been amazingly consistent throughout her career, winning at least seven times in each of her four racing seasons leading up to her current campaign, where she is four for eight. Last year, she won a pair of huge races at Mohawk in Canada: the $331,500 Breeders’ Crown and the $316,910 Milton.

Owned by Dan Waxman of Ancaster, Ontario, Loyal Opposition will be making her first start at Hawthorne since she won an elimination for the Violet Stake as a 3 year-old back in 2003. When contacted by Hawthorne officials back in November, Waxman was happy to allow Hawthorne to use his mare’s name as the title of our 4-year-old and up Illinois Bred pace on the Night Of Champions. So not only will we get to see the magnificent distaffer this evening, we most likely will see her in the spotlight on the Night Of Champions.

Parklane Powerful, who won leg one of the Loyal Opposition last week and Lou Annie, an impressive winner at Hawthorne in the Filly and Mare Open on opening weekend, will be out to upset the applecart on the grand return of Loyal Opposition to Hawthorne.

Leg Two of Plum Peachy Also on Tap

Also featured on the Friday card will be a pair of divisions of leg two of the Plum Peachy Stake for Illinois Bred 3 year-old pacing fillies. In the first $12,000 leg, Free will be seeking a repeat of her 1:53.4 victory in last week’s leg one. The Armbro Mackintosh filly has won 6 of 9 starts this season and has earned over $30,000. Bow Wow Wine, who finished a fast-closing second last week, looks to be the main competition.

In division two of the Plum Peachy, Street Dancer also will seek her second victory in the stake series. A winner of 5 of 7 starts in 2006, the Richess Hanover filly will most likely get the most trouble from No Bark All Bite and Just Believe.

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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