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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/9/11)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Happy TVG Illinois Derby Day to all

Happy TVG Illinois Derby Day to all! We look to have great weather for a great 10-race card today! We have a fast main track and the field of 12 is set for the running of the Grade III $300,000 event. The featured TVG Illinois Derby goes as the 7th race today of a 10-race card with a post time of 4:37 pm. For those who can’t make it to Hawthorne, you can see the Derby live on TVG.

The entire racing card today is very good with minimal scratches. While the highlighted race is the Illinois Derby, we also have a fine $35,000 Optional Claiming Allowance race for the 4th and a solid Illinois Allowance race for the 8th on the card. The late Pick 4 looks to provide a lot of value as the Derby heads the wager.

Looking into the TVG Illinois Derby, I will be curious to see how the race plays out. In recent years, there has been a good share of wire-to-wire winners in this race, but in those years, there was also only one or two speed horses. Today, you have 5 with the possibility of showing early speed. The race could set up for Grade II Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go to run them down late in the lane. I picked him second as I look for an upset from maiden Zoebear, but regardless of who wins, the race is a tremendous wagering event!

Today we will have a special online chat on as Joe Kristufek and myself will be covering the 10-race card. We will give insight and selections on the races along with hopefully producing some winners. The chat opens at 1:15 PM today.


Main Track – Fast

Race 1

Scratch #1a – Cats Mojo

Race 2

Scratch #2 – Texas Hedge

Race 5

Scratch #1 – House of Words

Race 6

Scratch #1a – Cougar’s Shadow
Scratch #12 – Darrell Says

Race 8

Scratch #6 – Blue Canoe

Race 9

Scratch #4 – Lucky Pins
Scratch #13 – Unbridled Ascent

Hawthorne Race Course is in its 102nd year of racing under Carey family ownership. Hawthorne races Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in April. First post daily is 1:30 pm with Friday’s first post at 2:35 pm. For more information on racing at Hawthorne, visit our website at

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