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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (8/5/07)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

Champions old and new bracket night of stakes at Hawthorne

Thisbigdogwilfight
Thisbigdogwilfight and Dave Magee win the Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial
Stickney, IL – Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee dominated Hawthorne's Night of Champions with seven wins on the evening, five of them in stakes, but the nation's leading driver Tim Tetrick won the nightcap. Tetrick flew in from East Rutherford, N.J. after driving in the Hambletonian earlier in the day, and winning the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Danae.

Magee was characteristically low key about his victories: "I’m just looking forward to the next race. I don’t dwell on the past too much. My owners in the next race are more concerned with what happens next."

A good crowd was on hand to watch the nine stakes worth more than $600,000, despite rain which threatened all day but mostly held off until after the races ended. Two track records were broken and one was tied.

The 14-race program started with Magee guiding Mogo On The Gogogo to win the $46,000 Fox Valley Evita for three-year-old filly trotters and concluded with Tetrick's score behind Omaha Survivor in the $71,500 Fox Valley Dynamic for two-year-old pacing colts.

The Fox Valley Evita – Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Purse $46,000

Mogo On The Gogogo and J C Josie were expected to continue their rivalry, and they didn't disappoint. Dream of Victoria went to the lead first, with J C Josie up to challenge and Mogo On The Gogogo waiting patiently in fourth. But the daughter of Valley Victor passed her rival in the stretch, giving Magee his first of seven wins.

The John Butenschoen trainee finished fifth in her last elimination for this race, which Butenschoen attributed to "having picked up something." She showed she has recovered though, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Star Swagger and Dale Hiteman. Favored J C Josie held on for third. "She raced OK, got a little tired," said trainer/driver Homer Hochstetler.

The Star Slinger – Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Purse $57,500

Lil Bit Tuff and driver Dave Magee took advantage of breaks by favored So Sexy, International Red and Fox Valley Tina to take the lead and make every pole a winning one. The daughter of Vaporize trotted the mile in 2:00 to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Chugwater Gal was second, with Rainbow Victoria (John Finn) third. "I had a lot of horse left, but with this girl, you need to be careful how you use it," explained driver Mike Oosting about Chugwater Gal. "I don't want her to run again," he said referring to her break two races back.

The Plesac – Two Year Old Trotting Colts – Purse $58,000

Dave Magee continued his win streak with Maxter, who won in 1:59.1 to break his own track record set in the first elimination. The race included breaks by Mystical Account, Spirit Warrior and Kan Jamaicamecrazy, but the Valley Victor gelding's powerful move would have been enough without that advantage. "Maxtor's real strong," said winning trainer Roger Welch. "He'll pick the bit up on his own, he'll trot home strong for you."

Valley Speed (Henry Lunsford) was second, while the Mike Oosting driven/Nelson Willis trained Rtprimetime was third.

The Gumcorner Lad – Three Year Old Trotting Colts and Geldings – Purse $51,500

Would the Magee sweep continue? "He better not win with No Jokin' " from the nine hole, joked Roger Welch of the race in which he had three trotters. His entry of Spunky Vic and Fox Valley Isbi was favored, but it was the uncoupled Thundercrack with Sam Widger who lead the entire way to win in 1:58.1 and pay $14. Spunky Vic with Ryan Anderson was second, with Vapor Maker and Homer Hochstetler third.

The Master Shawn Final – Three Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings – Purse $61,500

Sam Widger had his own winning streak going to take the Master Shawn Final with Booze Cruzin in 1:51. The Art's Conquest gelding led the entire way and paid $19. Favored Fox Valley Curahee (Ryan Anderson) was second, with Brother Vinny and Mike Oosting up for third.

The Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial – Open – Purse $92,000

Dave Magee did it again, closing strongly with Thisbigdogwilfight to take the Carey Memorial in 1:49.3. Uncoupled entry mate Manhardt was second, while Cheyenne Hollywood and Tim Tetrick held on for third after leading in the stretch.

"This is a really, really nice horse," said the Hall of Famer. "I got a really good trip," Magee explained. "He gave me everything I needed in the lane."

Favored Life Guard on Duty was impeded and lost all chance when Timesareachanging bore out going into the first turn, for which he was disqualified and placed last.

The Determination Plus – Three Year Old Pacing Fillies – Purse $59,000

Sportsfancy broke the favorites jinx, as driver Ryan Anderson guided the daughter of Sportsmaster to a 2 3/4 win in 1:52.1. "She comes to play," said winning trainer Homer Hochstetler. Long shot Parking Place (Sam Widger) led most of the race and lasted for second, with There For Me and Tim Tetrick third.

"They were up there burning up early," explained Anderson. "When I asked her she just kicked away from them."

She's So Hot
She’s So Hot and Dave Magee win the Determination Plus.
The Broadway Tax – Two Year Old Filly Pacers – Purse $78,500

Sensational filly She’s So Hot justified her favorite status and gave Dave Magee his fifth stakes victory and seventh win overall for the night, pacing in 1:54.2 to win by 1 3/4 lengths. The final time was the same as her track record-setting effort in the second leg of the series. Long shot Get That Cheese (Brent Holland) closed for second, while Parklane Starlet and Dale Hiteman was third.

“She was challenged early and late," said Magee of the daughter of Richess Hanover, who is trained by Richard Schrock. "She’s a gritty little filly. When I got through I wasn’t really concerned too much because she just digs and digs and digs."

The Fox Valley Dynamic – Three Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings – Purse $71,500

Omaha Survivor
Omaha Survivor and Tim Tetrick win the Fox Valley Dynamic.
Fly-by superstar Tim Tetrick closed out Night of Champions with a track record-setting win behind Omaha Survivor in 1:52.1. The son of Ideal Towne is trained by Tom Harmer, who was responsible for the previous record set by Pujols.

“The colt was pacing really fast," said Tetrick before he jetted back to the east coast. "That’s a big mile for a two year old. I made him dig in last and he responded really well. Tom (Harmer) told me that he was a nice colt."

Favored King of Kings, driven by Brent Holland, was up for second, ahead of Mucho Sleazy and Mike Oosting.

Hawthorne Race Course presents live harness beginning on June 22 and concluding on August 5. During this time only Mondays will be a dark day for our live program. As always, Hawthorne will be open for simulcasting 7 days a week. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL, 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

 

 

 

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