Hawthorne Racecourse (12/29/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Closing week at Hawthorne
Three days left of live racing action for the fall meet and the race for leading jock and owner are both over, but leading trainer will go right down to the wire. Jockey Tim Thornton has been on fire the past week as he has won races in handfuls, extending his lead in the riders standings to 15 over Tanner Riggs 59-44. Pablo Morales, despite being gone for three weeks, still holds the third spot with 36 wins while Florent Geroux has quietly had a very good meet, holding the fourth spot in the standing with 31 victories.
In the race for leading owner, the nation’s leading owner in victories, Midwest Thoroughbreds, is also the Hawthorne meet leader with 28 wins on the year. William Stiritz has had another fine meet with 9 wins from 42 starts while Lothenbach Stables has had a great meet with 8 winners from only 19 starters.
The battle for leading trainer could go down to the final day as Jamie Ness is one victory ahead of Joel Berndt 25-24. Berndt has a ton of live horses in the final three days and I expect him to make a strong run at the title. Frank Kirby has moved into the third spot in the standings, followed by Roger Brueggemann and Chris Block.
One horse has won four times on the meet as Tom Dorris’ Denham continued his winning ways with an impressive starter victory on Sunday. Seeking the Honor, Dot’s in Style, and See I A all posted three wins here this fall.
Today is a day to jump into the carryover pools as we have four carryovers for our 10 race Wednesday card. The Pick 6 stands at $3,112, the Place Pick 9 at $4,004, the High 5 at $5,484 and the Late Pick 4 is definitely worth the play with a carryover of $14,136. See my Late Pick 4 Ticket below.
Today, join myself and Joe Kristufek on www.HorseplayerNow.com as we will cover the day’s racing action and provide selections for the 10-race card. Feel free to chime in with questions or selections or just follow along for the day’s fun. The chat opens at 1:15 pm and will run the entire racing day.
Main Track – Fast
Scratch #7 – Teachem Outlaw
Scratch #5 – Thru the Desert
Scratch #13 – Big Bear Hug
Scratch #13 – Cole B
Scratch #14 – Court Composer
Late Pick 4 Carryover = $14,136
Jim’s Late Pick 4 Ticket
Race 7 – 4,6,10
Race 8 – 5
Race 9 – 2,3,10,14
Race 10 – 1,3,4,7,8