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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/19/06)

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Cushion Babies Win Comfortably at Hawthorne

Two horses out of the same mare score in back-to-back races

In a racing rarity, two horses out of the same mare both won at Hawthorne on Thursday. Illinois-breds Count Sheep and Tuffted, both of whom are out of the broodmare Cushion, scored victories in races three and four respectively. The 5-year-old Tuffted was sired by Magliore, and her 3-year-old baby half-sister Count Sheep was fathered by Count the Time.

In Thursday’s comeback race at Laurel Park, Grade II Illinois Derby winner Sweetnorthernsaint defeated just two rivals in a third-level allowance over seven furlongs at Laurel Park. He won by 4 ½ lengths at odds of 1-9 and received the short comment “bobbled start, 3-wide, easily.” It was his first appearance since finishing second behind likely Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Bernardini in the Grade I Preakness at Pimlico in mid-May.

Saturday’s Hawthorne card doesn’t offer any stakes action, but full fields abound. A total of 89 horses are entered in the nine races (also eligible and main track only horses not included), and five of the nine events offer purses of at least $24,000.

Eddie Martin Jr. countdown to 3,000: 2,994
Friday’s Pick Six Carryover: $15,351

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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