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Emigh Wins Six, Closes in on Thornton
Stickney, IL – Not one to shy away from competition, veteran jockey Chris Emigh more or less said “not yet” to Tim Thornton with regards to the fall riding title at Hawthorne, by registering six wins on Thursday’s nine-race program. The win leaves Emigh only two behind Thornton with eight racing days left in the meet.
Two weeks ago Thornton, in search of his first title, held a nine-win lead over Emigh, and the lead looked insurmountable. But Emigh’s big day has changed more things than one.
“It looks like I’m not going to Oaklawn after Sunday,” said a smiling Emigh, following his sixth winner of the day aboard Queen Meave. “If I stay this close by Sunday, I’ll stay till the end. Tim’s (Thornton) worked hard all meet, but I’m not giving it to him.”
Emigh had originally planned to leave for Oaklawn before the Hawthorne meet ended in order to line up some business in Hot Springs, but the holder of numerous riding titles in Stickney would like to add another trophy to his mantle.
“I think I have a chance to pass Mark Guidry for most riding titles here, and that’s pretty good incentive to stick around,” Emigh continued.
The six wins was a lifetime best for Emigh, who was quick to thank his agent Jay Fedor for getting him the live mounts, and pointed out that on a cool, winter afternoon, it warms up substantially when you keep on winning.
Emigh’s winners: Shore Breeze Hero ($4.00), Why Be Quiet ($5.40), Powerful Dose ($6.20), Batten ($7.20), Daleen’s Desire ($11.80), and Queen Meave ($5.80).
Hawthorne Race Course’s Thoroughbred meet begins on Friday, September 21 and will continue through January 13, 2008. Live racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday, regular first post 1:35 pm central time. Hawthorne Race Course is located at 3501 Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804, gates open daily at 7 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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