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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (6/14/06)
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Friday Night -- Ladies Night!
Female pacers grab the spotlight at Hawthorne on Friday, as a trio of World Series Grand Circuit Stakes will be contested.
The evening kicks off with the $45,000 World Series Grand Circuit Stakes for freshmen filly pacers. Of the nine gals entered, only one has made a pari-mutuel start, but based on qualifiers and fair racing, several of these appear to have potential star quality.
Off her runner-up performance at Lexington two weeks ago, Jeanne N Diamonds (post 3) appears to be ready to win for trainer Stephen Waller. Bet down to odds of 2-1 in the field of eight, she was parked the opening quarter before briefly making the lead. After being shuffled back a bit to fourth, she rallied strongly in the stretch to grab the place spot. The experience should work to her benefit tonight.
The Shawn Nessa-trained Illinois-bred entry of Condi (post 2) and Whisky Girl (post 5) looks formidable. Condi won a non-wagering event at Springfield last out in 1:59 3/5, and Whisky Girl scored a romping win in a non-betting tilt at DuQuoin two weeks ago (1:59 4/5) before sizzling to an impressive qualifying score at Hawthorne on June 7 (1:59 3/5).
The World Series Grand Circuit event for the sophomore filly pacers drew 14 entries, thus the split into two divisions, each worth $33,000.
In race three, the Illinois-bred Free steps up to face open foes off an impressive victory in the Plum Peachy Final on Night of Champions. The Stanley Miller-trained daughter of Armbro Mackintosh has won seven of 11 starts this season. She will leave from post four tonight.
The speedy Ultimate Bet, who rattled off three consecutive wins at Woodbine before finishing third against more seasoned foes in her Hawthorne debut last week, leaves from the rail for trainer Ervin Miller, and the rapidly improving Bare Legs, who eyes her third consecutive score for the Timothy Pike stable, will roll from post two.
The second division of the World Series Grand Circuit Stakes for 3-year-old fillies (race five) is more of a puzzler. Betsy Hall (post 4) invades from Kentucky via Canada with a touch of class, and Gro, the winner of the White Sox Pace Final earlier in the meet, gets the advantage of the rail draw. Three Men Dreamin (post 2) and Otherpeoplesmoney (post 3) both enjoyed a productive 2-year-old campaigns, and both have a right to improve off needed starts. Both Brissonte Hanover (post 5) and Clova (post 6) have raced well here this meet, and each deserves major consideration.
Colletti Crowned Handicapping Champ
Congratulations go out to Joe Colletti, our 2006 Club Hawthorne Invitational Handicapping champion. Colletti earned $2,400 for his efforts. Here are the top ten finishers:
1. Joe Colletti
Stay tuned to www.hawthorneracecourse.com for information on upcoming contests.
Dont Miss Closing Night!
A Super Saturday closes the curtain on the 2006 spring harness racing season at Hawthorne. High stakes action highlights the evenings festivities, as Muscles Marinara and He Wants It All look to defend their titles in a pair of $100,000 events, the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot and the Robert F. Carey Memorial Pace. Also on the docket are a pair of World Series Grand Circuit Stakes for the pacers -- one for 2-year-olds, the other for the sophomore set -- and well as Stickney and Cicero Pace Finals.
Saturday is also Fan Appreciation Night. Highlighted by:
Hawthornes 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).
Hawthornes 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.
Hawthornes spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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