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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (9/13/06)

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Hawthorne Race Course Springs Into Fall

2006 Fall Thoroughbred Season Kicks Off Friday, September 15

On Friday, September 15, Hawthorne Race Course will raise the curtain on its 2006 fall Thoroughbred racing season. In the fall of 2005, Hawthorne averaged 9.01 starters per race, one of the highest in the country. With 2,400 applications for 2,050 stalls, fans can once again expect full fields and solid wagering opportunities on a daily basis.

Hawthorne will run through December 31 (78 cards) with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday, but in deference to Thanksgiving Day, Hawthorne will not race on Thursday, November 23. Monday and Tuesday are the dark days, but Hawthorne will present a special live program on Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day).

Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 24 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.

Six-time Hawthorne titlist Chris Emigh, gunning for his fifth consecutive Stickney crown, will be opposed by some of the Midwest’s top jockeys. This summer, Emigh outlasted Francisco Torres to capture his first ever Arlington title and their duel is expected to carryover into the fall at Hawthorne.

Jockeys joining Emigh and Torres in the Hawthorne jock’s room are Hall of Famer Earlie Fires, Randall Meier, the track’s all-time leading rider, and former Hawthorne titlists E.T. Baird, Jesse Campbell, Shane Laviolette and Larry Sterling Jr. Other Chicago regulars expected to make an impact include Carlos Marquez Jr., Eddie Martin Jr., Eusebio Razo Jr. and Carlos Silva.

Top newcomers to Hawthorne include Jose Ferrer, who finished sixth in the Arlington standings, and Tyler Riggs, the leading apprentice at Canterbury Park (sixth overall).

Four-time Hawthorne training titlist Tom Tomillo, who captured the spring crown with 28 wins, has been allocated 55 stalls for the fall meet. Wayne Catalano, second to Tomillo at Hawthorne this spring in advance of capturing his fifth Arlington crown in the last seven years, has 44 horses stabled at Hawthorne.

Other Chicago regulars who will send out live runners on a daily basis include (with number of stalls): Scott Blasi (44), Chris Block (40), Roger Brueggemann (37), Bret Calhoun (30), Jim DiVito (27), Hawthorne’s all time leading trainer Richard Hazelton (30), Christine Janks (38), five-time Hawthorne titlist Frank Kirby (50), five-time Hawthorne king Mike Reavis (47), Hugh Robertson (30), Mike Stidham (35), Brian Williamson (38) and Moises Yanez (38).

Newcomers to Hawthorne include (with number of stalls): Kay Cooper (12), Tom Proctor (22), Clark Hanna (5) and Austin Smith (26).

Cooper is the daughter of Jim Penney, the perennial leading trainer at Emerald Downs. She intends to run Grade III Longacres Mile winner Flamethrowintexan in the 70th running of the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

The centerpiece of the fall meet, the storied Gold Cup will be run on Saturday, September 30. Strategically placed five weeks in advance of the event, it serves as a perfect stepping stone for Breeders’ Cup hopefuls. Gold Cup champions Black Tie Affair (1990, won 1991 Classic), Buck’s Boy (1997, won 1998 Turf) and Awesome Again (1998, won 1998 Classic) have all gone on to Breeders’ Cup glory.

The Gold Cup is part of a three-stakes package that also includes a pair of added-money turf events for older horses – the $150,000 Grade III Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap for the boys and the $100,000 Indian Maid Handicap for the girls.

Other highlights on Hawthorne’s fall stakes schedule include the $150,000 Grade III Hawthorne Derby, to be run on Saturday, October 14, and the Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing, featuring six $100,000 stakes for Illinois-breds on Saturday, November 11.

Date Race Conditions Purse
Sat, Sep 30 Hawthorne Gold Cup Hcp. (G2) 3 & up, 1 1/4m $500,000
Sat, Sep 30 Robert F. Carey Memorial Hcp. (G3) 3 & up, 1 m T $150,000
Sat, Sep 30 Indian Maid Handicap 3 & up, 1 1/16m T $100,000
Sat, Oct 14 Hawthorne Derby (G3) 3 yo, 1 1/8m T $250,000
Sat, Nov 11 Showtime Deb Stakes 2yo IL Filly, 6f $100,000
Sat, Nov 11 Sun Power Stakes 2yo IL C&G, 6f $100,000
Sat, Nov 11 Powerless Stakes Handicap 3 & up IL F&M, 6f $100,000
Sat, Nov 11 Lightning Jet Stakes Handicap 3 & up IL, 6f $100,000
Sat, Nov 11 Illini Princess Handicap 3 & up IL F&M, 1 1/16m $100,000
Sat, Nov 11 High Alexander Handicap 3 & up IL, 1 1/16m $100,000
Sat, Dec 9 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante 2yo IL Filly, 1 1/16m $100,000
Sat, Dec 16 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity 2yo IL, 1 1/16m $100,000

The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 24 is 3 p.m., and it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Standardbred meet ran May 6 through June 17.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.

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