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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/21/06)

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Razo, Torres Sidelined Due to Injury

Top Chicago jockeys to miss time

Two of the circuit’s top riders, Eddie Razo Jr. and Francisco Torres, are expected to miss up to six weeks of action due to injuries suffered in separate incidents on Saturday at Hawthorne.

According to his agent Bobby Kelly, Torres suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist as the result of a gate accident during training hours on Saturday morning.

"The horse flipped in the gate and he slammed it pretty good," Kelly said. "He'll be in a cast for a few weeks."

Torres recently completed a rehabilitation program, and had just returned to action on Friday. He finished second behind Chris Emigh in the Arlington summer standings, but had posted just one win from 17 mounts during the current Hawthorne meet.

Razo's mishap occurred following the conclusion of Saturday's eighth race when his mount The Toast Man, with whom he had finished sixth, stumbled 100 yards past the finish line. Razo fell hard to the track, and X-rays later revealed a separated shoulder.

"The doctors are calling it a second degree separation," said Razo's agent Lindy McDaniel. "They'll know more about the severity of the tear and how long he'll be out once the swelling goes does. We're looking at (being out) a month at least."

Perennially a top five jockey on the Chicago circuit, Razo currently sits in fourth in the current Hawthorne standings with 18 wins from 125 starts.

Carryover watch

Hawthorne's Pick Six carryover pool entering the Sunday card sits at $19,275.

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.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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