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Hawthorne Racecourse (6/15/06)

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Season’s End Leaves Us Wanting More

Dygert, Carey, World Series Grand Circuit, Free For All, Series Finals, Devilfish & Fan Apprecition Night All on Saturday!

They always say that the true measuring stick at the conclusion of an event is the feelings of those who were in attendance, and whether or not they leave longing for more.

Saturday night, Hawthorne Race Course closes the curtain on its 2006 spring harness racing season, but not before we give you one more spectacular performance to remember us by.

Fourteen races have been carded for an explosive night of harness racing that also includes live entertainment, food and drink specials, and double points on your Club Hawthorne card.

If you like stakes, series finals, lots of star power, and excellent wagering opportunities, we’ve got it all right here on Saturday night.

He Wants It All and Muscles Marinara are set to defend their respective titles in the $96,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Pace (fifth race) and the $105,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot (sixth race).

Also on the docket is a pair of World Series Grand Circuit events, both for pacing colts and geldings. The 2-year-olds take center stage in the evening’s second event, and the sophomore set grabs the attention in race four. In that race, all eyes will be on the Ervin Miller-trained Devilfish, who served notice that he is a colt to keep an eye on in the 3-year-old division here on June 7, winning his pari-mutuel debut by nearly eight effortless lengths in an eye popping final time of 1:51 2/5. The gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark was supplemented to the $59,500 stake for $5,500.

If that’s not enough, Yukon Cornelius, a three-time winner at this meet, takes on Jimmys Pilot victor Live Out Loud and last week’s scorer Westward Vision in a sensational Free For All (eighth race), and the Finals of the Stickney Pacing Series (ninth race) and Cicero Pacing Series (11th race) will also be contested.

Defending Carey Champion He Wants It All has yet to taste defeat at Hawthorne from four career starts. The winner of last year’s Carey by a desperate head in 1:50, the 6-year-old Tom Harmer-trained son of The Big Dog also lists a pair of Isle of Capri (Pompano Park) victories as well as sophomore Big M tallies in the Matt’s Scooter and Junior Trendsetter among his accomplishments. In his illustrious career, He Wants It All has earned $711,450.

He Wants It All won the Free For All here on May 27, and followed it up two weeks later with a score in the Carey Preview. With Hall of Famer Dave Magee in tow, he will leave from post position six in the field of seven.

With lots of dough on the line, you can bet that there will be no breathers for He Wants It All on Saturday night. Hawthorne’s track record holder Town Champion, Preview runner-up Cheyenne Hollywood, and hard hitting East Coast invaders Shu Hanover and Rob Roy Mattgregor should all have plenty to say about the result.

In his first try at Hawthorne in 2004, Muscles Marinara raced sixth in the Dygert Eliminations and failed to make the Final. It’s safe to say he’s a different horse now than he was then.

He barely made last year’s big event, crossing the line a fading fifth in his elim, but the light switch turned on the following week, and the son of Muscles Yankee led at every call, posting a 30-1 shocker.

The Paul Stafford trained 6-year-old enters Saturday’s Dygert on the absolute top of his game. He rolled to an open handicap victory here on May 30, and followed up ten days later with a seemingly effortless score in the Dygert Preview. He rolls to the post with career earnings of $700,965 already in the bank, but in order to make another major deposit, driver Michael Oosting will have to help him overcome the nine post.

If the favorite should falter, the winner could come from a few places. Battle hardened trotters Dink Adoo and Dunkster have earned over $1 million combined. The up and coming Illinois-bred 4-year-old Battleshoe Victor won the Eddie Oakley Stakes on Night of Champions, and 2003 Dygert upsetter Life’s A Holiday could have another trick up his sleeve at the tender age of eight.

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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