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|Hawthorne Racecourse (5/3/07)
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Hawthorne Reports Spring Meet Results
Hawthorne Race Course concluded the first Spring meet under its own banner. This year’s meet commenced on February 23 and concluded on April 29.
Total all source handle averaged $2,409,624 vs. $2,551,526 in 2006, which represented a 5.56% decline. These numbers were dramatically impacted by the return of racing to the Fair Grounds. All source daily average handle was actually up 1.3% vs. 2005, the last year that Hawthorne competed directly against the Fair Grounds.
Total wagering on-site at Hawthorne grew 1.9% averaging $339,739 per day in spite of a 5.2% decline in wagering on the Hawthorne live program. Purses remained static vs. 2006, averaging $233,541 per day. Because of dramatic improvement the latter part of the meet, field sizes also managed to remain steady at 7.5 starters per race.
“Field size continues to be a delicate issue,” commented Tim Carey, Hawthorne’s President and General Manager. “Even though we have done a good job maintaining our field size, the racinos across the country have raised purses and continue to put pressure on our horse population. We are fortunate to have a solid group of horsemen that continue to support us, but I fear loyalty can only take us so far.”
On the track, it was a battle to the end for the jockey’s title as Israel Ocampo captured his first riding title, in the process dethroning last year’s winner, Chris Emigh. Ocampo’s 51 victories were three more than Emigh’s 48 in a personal race that was undecided until closing day.
Roger Brueggemann took home the training title with 25 wins, beating out previous winners Tom Tomillo and Mike Reavis, who finished second and third respectively. Scarlet Stable received the top owner award with 15 trips to the winner’s circle.
Amongst the racing highlights, Kentucky Derby-bound Cowtown Cat took the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby, while Master Command, currently the second ranked older horse in training, won the $250,000, Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap.
Hawthorne concluded its spring season on Sunday, April 29. Live racing will resume with our six-week Harness meet that begins Friday evening, June 22 and runs through August 5. The Thoroughbreds return on September 21 and race until the end of the year. As always Hawthorne will remain open 7 days a week for simulcasting. Located at Cicero or Laramie Avenues at 35th Street, gates open daily at 7 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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