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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (11/17/10)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Hawthorne averages 9.81 starters per race

I’ve decided to make our Wednesday return to racing about stats. This meet has been good to us based on the weather, along with the fine support of our horsemen and our bettors alike. Handle on our Hawthorne product is up on the meet, something that few track across the country can boast. We have been able to have a purse increase as well, the whole time while working to set ourselves, and our horsemen up to be in a better position heading into next season.

In regards to field size, this year we have averaged 9.81 starters/race. That figure is up from the 8.40 starters/race from the same time period last fall. The weather has been huge for us in regards to turf action. This meet we have been able to run 53 grass races, not missing a day on the turf, with an average of 10.43 starters/race. Last fall, when rain decimated the meet, we were only able to run 31 grass races for a 9.74 starters/race average. We are hoping to get a couple more weeks of turf racing before this fall ends, but we have been blessed with fine weather thus far.

Looking at the people that make our sport go, yhe race for leading jock has tightened up a bit while the trainer race can get no closer and a top owner in the country is running away. Jockey Tim Thornton continues his consistent meet as he stands atop the standings with 30 victories. The man making the move is Pablo Morales as he is second with 22 wins while the hottest jock the past couple weeks moved into third as Eddie Razo, Jr. has 20 wins. The training race looks to go to the wire as we have a tie between Joel Berndt and Jamie Ness, each with 14 wins. Roger Brueggemann is in third with 12 wins while Chris Block is one back at 11. The ownership race has belonged to the nation’s leading owner in wins as Richard and Karen Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds stand alone with 16 wins from 75 starters on the meet.

Here’s some fun stats. Looking at post position stats, in dirt sprints, the 9-hole is the place to be, boasting the highest win percentage of 14.43%. That is followed by post position 6 (12.60%) and position 4 (11.81%). For those thinking the rail is the place to be, not the case as the one hole is second worst in the win column at 7.87%, only behind post 11 (3.45%). Those numbers change when it turns to routes on the dirt. When going two turns, you want to draw the inside as #1 has won 21.82% of the time, followed by 3 (18.18%) and 2 (16.36 %).

With another week of racing kicking off, that means we have another week of online chats on www.HorseplayerNow.com. Joe Kristufek, Brian Spencer and myself will be joining you daily to cover the racing program, providing insight and selections on the racing card. The chat begins 15 minutes before the first race daily and will occur every day for the remainder of the meet.

Changes

Main Track – Fast
Turf Course – Firm

Race 1

Scratch #1 – Hydroplane

Race 2

Scratch #1 – Devil Indeed
Scratch #12 – Worthy Miss
Scratch #13 – Be Daring

Race 3 – Scratch #9 – Crony

Race 6

Scratch #9 – Miss Sippy
Scratch #11 – Cougar Cruise
Scratch #12 – A Little Off
Scratch #13 – Vicary Rose
Scratch #14 – Monashee Rose

Race 8

Scratch #2 – Fashionable Lady

Race 9

Scratch #12 – Two Spots
Scratch #13 – C Saga Ryder
Scratch #14 – Sunset Beach

Featured Race of the Day

The fifth race on Wednesday’s card is a first-level allowance for the females to go 1 1/16 miles on the main track. This is a field that is packed with early speed, so it appears that a closer would have to come running late. The question is who that closer will be. I rolled the dice and went to #2 – Ain’t No Saint for trainer Brian Williamson and jockey Pablo Morales. Recently, Ain’t No Saint has been running between turf and poly, but her maiden score came around two turns this past spring and her fall works on the Hawthorne dirt have been strong. She should be a decent price and a nice way to close out the Early Pick 4.

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