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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/9/06)

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Club Hawthorne Invitational Stage is Set

Following three satellite tournaments and a constant flow of rewards points, the stage is set for Sunday’s $10,000 (estimated) Club Hawthorne Invitational handicapping tournament.

Handicappers became eligible for the lucrative Final two different ways: by finishing in the top ten in one of our three qualifying tourneys, or by earning 5,000 Club Hawthorne player rewards points at the current harness meet during nighttime racing.

Last Sunday’s Anne Werner parlayed her family’s “secret” handicapping system into a tournament win.

“My dad used to take us kids to the track when we were kids,” Werner said. “He passed away when I was young, and my brother Dan inherited his handicapping system. He helped me out with it tonight, but even though we're brother and sister, he’s still very secretive. I want to learn more about it.”

Neither Werner did much damage early in the contest, but Ann closed the final quarter like Loyal Opposition.

“At one point I was 125th, but I maxed out on Park It Meself (longshot 2nd) in the ninth race which got me up to 15th,” Werner explained. “Then in the last race I maxed out again on the winner Delalady and that put me over the top.”

With a week between her satellite victory and Sunday’s Final, would Dan finally reveal the secrets of the “system” to his beloved sister?

“There are so many factors, it would probably take me a year to explain it,” Dan Werner said.

Best of luck to all of our satellite qualifiers (listed below) as well as those who earned their way in by earning Club Hawthorne points.

Open #1 (Ted Hanna, Cyril Tuzzolino, Mike Rusovick-2, Edward Jenkins, James Sypula, Carmen Ronzio, Mike Rusovick Jr, Thomas Sadjzak and Leonard Scharrer).

Open #2 (Alfred Pelini, Joanne Trochin, Stanley Pyka Sr, Tom Domagala, Frank Lucas, Joe Colleti, Rich Zipp, Edmond Gulley, Mike Canella and Steve Rusky).

Open #3 (Anne Werner, Douglas Brown, Ted Sapyta, Cheryl Pope, Paul Harper, Gary Dyer, Richard Flanagan, Ricky Stewart, Pete Dobrzynski and Joan McGrath).

On Sunday’s Card

Easy on the Eyes guns for her second consecutive Filly and Mare Open pace victory in Sunday’s $15,500 feature for trainer Paul Stafford and driver Ryan Anderson.

Winless from 15 starts in 2005, the 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa has blossomed this season, winning four of 15. Madura, Sightings, Taylor Wailer and Little Mischievous, the two-three-four-five finishers last week, hope to turn the tables, and the classy Illinois-bred Parklane Powerful takes her crack after finishing fourth behind Loyal Opposition on the Night of Champions card.

Sunday’s second race features the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Championship. The 25th annual edition of the Billings Series launched on April 28 at Pompano Park, and it will be contested in two regional competitions at racetracks across the country every week through November 12.

Entering Sunday’s action, driver Gregg Keidel (Mutual Funs) sits second in the overall standings with 43 points, 24 behind leader Dein Springs (67). Michael Caston (No Mon No Fun) is fourth with 30 points and Arden Chaffin (Bank Photo) is currently seventh with 19.

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.

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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