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Hawthorne Racecourse (12/12/06)

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Meier Out for the Meet with Broken Wrist

News is better for Marquez and Williams

Veteran rider Randall Meier will be forced to miss the remainder of the Hawthorne meet due to a broken wrist suffered as the result of a riding accident that occurred during the running of Sunday’s eighth race.

Meier’s mount, Miss Classified, stumbled out of the starting gate, dumping the veteran rider to the track. According to his agent Kenny Danna, the 52-year-old Meier visited his physician on Monday morning and was diagnosed with the injury.

Danna expects that Meier, Hawthorne’s all-time leading rider, will be ready to return to the saddle for the start of the spring meet. This fall at Hawthorne, Meier has 12 wins from 198 starts.

In Meier’s absence, Danna will book mounts for Ricardo Feliciano, who will test the Chicago waters for the first time. He is currently second in the Thistledown standings with 31 wins from 163 mounts. He has also done extremely well in limited opportunities at Mountaineer Park this fall (7 wins from 13 starts).

Carlos Marquez Jr., who has been forced to take off all of his mounts the past couple of days due to a thumb injury, is hopeful he can return to the saddle this weekend.

“He jammed it real good on the gate at the start of a race on Friday (fifth race aboard Wretched Excess),” said Marquez’s agent Lindy McDaniel. “The x-rays came up negative, but I didn’t accept any mounts for him for Wednesday or Thursday. He told me Tuesday morning that he’s getting closer (to being able to ride).”

Marquez has posted 23 wins from 134 starts this meet, good for sixth in the standings.

After being dumped right out of the starting gate by his mount Tak’s Wish in Saturday’s Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante (7th race), newcomer R.D. Williams took off all of his Sunday mounts.

“He came up pretty sore, but the couple of days off helped, and he says he’ll be ready to go (on Wednesday),” said Williams' agent Randy Curran.

Williams, who is named to pilot five horses today, has three wins from 29 starts at the meet.

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, Dec. 26 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.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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