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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/18/06)

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Jockeying For Position

Martin Jr., Emigh Near Milestones; Torres Returns

It seems like yesterday that six-time Hawthorne riding champ Chris Emigh garnered career victory number 2,000. Actually, it was two years ago, and remarkably, the 35-year-old native of Portsmouth, Virginia, is on target to win his 2,500th race by meet’s end. Following a rare winless card on Wednesday, Emigh will leave the starting gate Thursday afternoon with 2,471 wins to his credit.

Eddie Martin Jr. also went winless on Wednesday, leaving him seven wins away from 3,000. There are currently 131 riders in the 3,000 win club, including current Hawthorne jocks Earlie Fires (6,401), Randy Meier (3,957), Jose Ferrer (3,393) and Carlos Silva (3,365).

Francisco Torres is named to ride two horses on Friday at Hawthorne. Following his second place finish behind Emigh in the Arlington standings, Torres rode opening week at Hawthorne before taking some personal time off.

  • Hawthorne’s Place Pick Nine wager was finally hit on Wednesday, with nine correct $1 combinations returning $4,275.80. There are Thursday carryovers in both the Pick Six of $13,599 and the Late Pick Four of $7,275.

The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through January 1 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan.1). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.

Hawthorne’s races can be seen live on Horse Racing Television (HRTV). HRTV provides full, in-depth coverage of the current Hawthorne Race Course meeting, with complete post parades, and expert analysis from the network's hosts.

Hawthorne’s spring 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run February 23 thru May 3. The summer 2007 Standardbred meet will be held June 22 thru August 5. The fall 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run September 17 thru December 31.

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