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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (11/24/06)

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Razo Nearing Return

Top Chicago jockey to work horses on Sunday

Jockey Eusebio Razo Jr., sidelined for five weeks with a separated shoulder, is on target to return to the saddle the middle of next week.

“He got clearance from the doctor,” said Razo’s agent Lindy McDaniel. “He’s going to work a couple of horses on Sunday morning, and if all goes well he’ll be back riding races on Wednesday or Thursday.”

Razo's mishap occurred following the conclusion of the eighth race on Oct. 21 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 second-degree shoulder separation.

“He’s been jogging and working out lightly and is itching to get back (in the saddle),” McDaniel said. “He’s never been out this long, knock on wood, and it’s driving him crazy.”

Perennially a top five jockey on the Chicago circuit, Razo was fourth in the fall standings at the time of his injury. He currently sits eighth with 18 wins from 125 starts.

Carryover watch

Entering Saturday’s card there are carryover pools at Hawthorne in both the Pick Six ($28,899) and Place Pick Nine ($5,351).

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 and Dec. 24). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan. 1). Post time is 1:10 p.m. daily.

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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