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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/25/06)

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Ocampo Hot for the Holidays

Scores third consecutive riding triple on Saturday

Israel Ocampo’s holiday hot streak continued on Saturday when the up and coming pilot bagged his third consecutive hat trick, pushing him past Jose Ferrer and into third in the overall Hawthorne standings with 48 wins from 328 mounts.

The Saturday victories came in race five with 5-2 shot Navy Wings for trainer Terry Gestes, in race six with 15-1 longshot Do the Impossible for Robert Gorham and in the day’s finale with the 9-5 favorite Willstep for Tom Tomillo.

During the three-day span, Ocampo scored with nine of his 19 mounts, and only three of those winners were sent off as the post time favorite. His $2 return on investment during that period was $6.82 ($38 bet, $129.60 returned).

Entering the final week of live action, Chris Emigh is firmly atop the jockey standings (93 to 58 over Ramsey Zimmerman), and is in line to win his fifth consecutive Hawthorne crown and seventh overall.

Frank Kirby holds a 37-33 advantage of Tom Tomillo in the trainer’s race. Kirby has five horses entered on Tuesday, while Tomillo has just two.

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.

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