Hawthorne Racecourse (11/3/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Hawthorne starters in the Breeders' Cup
The biggest weekend in racing is upon us. The entries for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were taken yesterday and Hawthorne is very well represented in this year’s Breeders’ Cup. The past two year’s of the Hawthorne Gold Cup are represented with BC entrants A.U. Miner, Eldaafer, Awesome Gem, Temple City, Alcomo (Brz), and Giant Oak. Past Illinois Derby starter Atoned is in also. This year’s Sixty Sails Handicap is well represented too with Jessica is Back in the Filly and Mare Sprint and joined by Rinterval (Ire), another past Hawthorne starter. Finally, in the Ladies Classic, Sixty Sails Champ Life at Ten will be one of the favorites to close out the Opening Breeders’ Cup Day. All in all, nine horses with past starts at Hawthorne will be running in the Breeders’ Cup, a very good representation of our stakes program here at Hawthorne.
Those races will be taking place on Friday and Saturday as we will be running our nine race cards in between the racing action from Churchill Downs. On Friday, our first post will be 1:45 pm while Saturday we kick things off at 12:35 pm. This is a great weekend of racing, and will be capped by the final start in the Hall of Fame career of Zenyatta. Reservations for both Breeders’ Cup Days are filling up very quickly, but a couple of tables remain. To get your reservation, please call for reservations at 708-780-5030.
It looks like we will have another great week of racing here at Hawthorne. Sunny skies all week, fast main track and firm turf as we kick off November racing.
Main Track – Fast
Turf Course – Firm
Scratch #1 – Zooming White Star
Scratch #2 – Better Make Money
Scratch #2b – Stan The Tap Man
Featured Race of the Day
The fifth race on the card is a very nice turf event with a field of nine to line up. I looked at about six different runners in this spot and ended up with #8 – Unpaid Crusade as he makes his first start off the claim for trainer Larry Rivelli. The Rivelli barn was off to a slow start this meet but maybe it got a jumpstart on Saturday when He’s Bonafide was a repeat winner of the Buck’s Boy. Unpaid Crusade has had a very good turf career and should get a perfect stalking trip. He ran a very good race in victory on October 13 and should have no problem handling the step up in class.