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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/8/11)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Hawthorne Gold Cup barn notes

What a gorgeous day for the 75th running of the Hawthorne Gold Cup! We have sunny skies, a fast main track and a firm turf course. Additionally, we have a pair of fine turf stakes with the running of the Indian Maid Handicap and Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap.

There are no scratches in the Indian Maid or the Hawthorne Gold Cup and only Color Me Blue and Family Foundation are out of the Carey Memorial.

The racing surface has played very evenly all meet long and we won’t be changing a thing today. The best horse has been winning the races and there has been no bias at all. We have a ton of full fields today and five carryovers. We have carryovers in the Place Pick 9, Early Pick 4, Pick 6, Pick 5 and the High 5 wager. There is tons of bonus money to be had.

Yesterday began our online Survivor Contest. I did Survive with Littlebrownroad, and my apologies as the notes didn’t go out through the system to show that selection. Today I will look to Giant Oak in the Gold Cup as my Survivor selection. For Survivor, we had 2,619 entrants and 1,561 were eliminated yesterday. We have 1,058 remaining as we enter today’s tough card.

In the featured Hawthorne Gold Cup, I got to take a look at many of these runners leading into the race. I watched Cherokee Lord’s workout last Sunday and was extremely impressed with how easily he handled the dirt. He may be a longshot, but he looked great. The filly, Maristar has been stabled here for over a week, and while she hasn’t posted a workout over the track, she has been out to the track every morning and has looked to handle the real dirt surface with ease as well. Yesterday morning, E.T. Baird was able to get acquainted with Where’s Sterling as trainer Nick Canani was in town with the Iselin winner. Where’s Sterling galloped over the track and also looked very sharp. Finally, the two Block entrants, Mister Marti Gras and Giant Oak both come into this race in excellent form. Each worked last Sunday and put forth a very strong and workmanlike effort over the Hawthorne dirt, covering 5 furlongs easily in 1:01. Both of those horses went out to the track for their final preparations yesterday and each looked ready to roll.

For those who can’t make it to the track, we will be having an online chat today on as Joe Kristufek and myself will be covering the entire Hawthorne Card. The chat room opens 15-20 minutes before races begin and we will take comments and questions, and analyze the entire day.


Main Track – Fast
Turf – Firm

Race 1

Scratch #3 – Grand Procession

Race 2

Scratch #4 – Grand Sport
Scratch #14 – Heart Doctor

Race 4

Scratch #8 – Fox Rap
Scratch #13 – Gavilan

Race 6

Scratch #2 – Old Hickory
Scratch #4 – Forced Action
Scratch #13 – Sir Validator
Scratch #14 –Great Bam

Race 10

Scratch #6 – Color Me Blue
Scratch #9 – Family Foundation

Hawthorne Race Course opens for live racing on Saturday, October 1 and races live through Saturday December 31. Live racing will be conducted five days a week, racing Wednesday-Sunday. Live racing will also take place on Monday, December 26. First post daily is 1:35 pm. On Fridays through November 25, first post will be 3:00 pm. Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at

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