Hawthorne Racecourse (10/9/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Mystery voucher day at Hawthorne
First of all, for those of you on our mailing list, don’t forget your mystery vouchers today! At a minimum it will be a $5 wager, but it could be much more. I’m sounding like a broken record in a good way as we have another beautiful day with sunny skies and a fast main track.
Looking back at Saturday, it was a great racing card at Hawthorne. In the Gold Cup, Headache won his second graded stakes race while Where’s Sterling showed his Iselin victory wasn’t a fluke and Cease is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for both Rule and Giant Oak, wide trips and a slow pace worked against both. For Giant Oak, the trip was reminiscent of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last year. The good thing for Giant Oak is that last year he followed that ugly Marathon trip with back-to-back Grade 1 victories. I spoke with Chris Block this morning and he stated that both Giant Oak and Mister Marti Gras (who ran a very nice race) came out of the Gold Cup in great shape and he’s looking forward to the next start for each.
In the turf stakes, trainer Michele Boyce had herself a day as she swept the undercard races. Her Happy Henrietta wired the field in the Indian Maid while Princeville Condo closed with a rush, and overcame a lengthy inquiry to prevail in the Robert F. Carey Memorial.
For those in the Survivor contest, it was a bloodbath yesterday. After we lost 1,500 contestants on opening day, another nearly 700 were knocked out on Day 2, leaving only 386 remaining in the contest. At this rate, the contest will be over in a week and we will have to start again!
Today we have another solid card at Hawthorne with carryovers growing in the Pick 6 and the Place Pick 9. The track continues to play very evenly and as always, it only takes one nice price shot to make for a positive day.
Main Track – Fast
Turf – Firm
Scratch #3 – Simmstown
Scratch #9 – Rulerous
Scratch #3 – Stormin Hedges
Scratch #12 – Candy Kin
Scratch #13 – Milky May
Scratch #14 – Chamber of Bullets
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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com.