Hawthorne Racecourse (10/22/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Illinois Festival of Racing at Hawthorne
Today is the Illinois Festival of Racing at Hawthorne! It looks like we will have a beautiful day as we have sunny skies, a fast main track, and we will also be back on the grass with a turf course listed as good today.
We have six stakes races for Illinois-bred runners today and many of those races will have some heavy favorites. While I expect some of the favorites to win, this is a day where we often see upsets, and sometimes some huge upsets. Each of the two-year-old events today will have very short-priced favorites; additionally, Dundalk Dust will take a lot of action, and Shrewd Operator and Third Chance will both be extremely short. As we saw this spring though, horses like Catalina Way and River Bear jumped up for big races at nice prices. Catalina Way was a wire-to-wire winner while River Bear was a near miss.
As has been the case all meet long, the track should play very evenly today with no bias front or back, inside or out. There is no substantial wind to have an effect on any of the action either.
We only have two scratches from our stakes events today as Thewayitusedtobe is out of the Lightning Jet Handicap and P D Q Kiddo has scratched from the Buckís Boy Handicap.
For those who can make it to Hawthorne today, we have a pair of great fundraisers taking place. First, we are conducting a 50/50 raffle to support the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The split-the-pot raffle has been growing but we would like to present the PDJF with much more. To get in on the raffle, visit Guest Services on the first floor of the grandstand.
Also, there is a great fundraiser to support our retiring racehorses. Galloping Out, the program to find and place retired racehorses in Illinois, will be having a Baggo tournament on the apron today between the races. There are great prizes to be won for those in the tournament along with many drawings to take place during the day. For those who want to play, or make a donation to Galloping Out, please visit their representatives on the apron during todayís races.
For those who cannot make it to the races, we will be having an online chat to cover the entire dayís action from Hawthorne on HorseplayerNow.com. Joe Kristufek and myself will be covering the racing action from Hawthorne as we will give insight and analysis, along with hopefully selecting a bunch of winners. The chat room opens at 1:15 pm.
Finally, if you canít be by a computer but can get updates via telephone, sign up for twitter and follow HawthorneJim as I will provide results and selections throughout the dayís races.
Good luck to everyone today and hopefully it is a profitable day for all!
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.