Hawthorne Racecourse (2/12/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Opening weekend under way at Hawthorne
Day one is under our belt for live racing action and where we left off in the fall we picked up with in the spring. Our fall meet’s leading jocks, Tim Thornton and Tanner Riggs were right back at it on opening day as each guided home a pair of winners on the card. Each jock won a race for last spring’s leading trainer Frank Kirby while the fall leader, Joel Berndt, posted a win as well. A barn that made some noise yesterday that is worth keeping an eye on this spring is the Anthony Scott barn. Scott has taken over the guidance of horses for trainer Joe Woodard and yesterday sent out three runners. In yesterday’s second race, Tenpin Alley almost stole the race, being caught late by O’Connell’s (Brz). In the third, Tie ran a fine race to run second while at a price and in the featured seventh, a perfect trip by Flavor was enough to get the job done in that spot.
Looking at today, we have some very competitive races and an Illinois Maiden Race in the 8th that offers a quality field and may provide a couple of possible stakes runners to look at down the line. Make sure to watch how the track plays early the see if the inside remains the place to be, but my feeling is that things will even out with temps 10 degrees warmer and a bit of moisture to tighten up the track.
One thing I was impressed with yesterday was the job of my co-host on the air, Inez Karlsson. With limited TV experience, I thought Inez did a great job on opening day! The thing that will separate what we can provide from any other track in the country is the input and opinion that will come from Inez. While I am a handicapper and can provide input on track tendencies and what I see in the program and form, Inez was able to give insight into horses that she has ridden in the past and horses she has ridden against. In addition to that information, Inez was also able to speak to rider tendencies and trainer tendencies as well. For handicappers, this is invaluable information that we will be able to provide on a daily basis. While Inez is out of the saddle due to her pregnancy, we are very lucky to have her on board here at Hawthorne this spring!
Finally, don’t forget that our online Survivor contest begins next Friday. The contest is free to sign up for and the last person standing will win the $2,500 top prize. To enter, visit our website at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.
Main Track – Fast
Scratch #3 – Laynee Bug
Scratch #1a – Cullinan
Scratch #2b – Beauty’s Lad
Hawthorne Race Course is in its 102nd year of racing under Carey family ownership. Hawthorne races Friday and Saturday in February, beginning February 11. In March and April, live racing will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through the end of April. First post daily is 1:30 pm. For more information on racing at Hawthorne, visit our website at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.