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Hawthorne Racecourse (11/12/06)

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Emigh Scores Career Win 2,500

Hawthorne’s leading rider guides Gumba to milestone victory

One day after scoring a trio of stakes victories, jockey Chris Emigh reached the 2,500 win plateau, piloting Donato Racing Stable’s Gumba to victory for trainer Tom Tomillo in Hawthorne’s eighth race.

A 35-year-old native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Emigh arrived on the local scene in the summer of 1996 and has ridden on the Chicago circuit ever since. He’s won six Hawthorne titles, including four straight, and is well on his way to another crown this meet. Emigh also captured his first Arlington title this past summer.

Of his 2,500 wins, 1,580 have come on the Chicago circuit.

It’s been an incredible run for Emigh, who scored career win 2,000 at Hawthorne just two short years ago.

“It’s taken me 17 years to get here, and a lot of people helped along the way,” Emigh said of the milestone. “I just hope I can keep it rolling. I love Chicago.”

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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