Hawthorne Racecourse (11/12/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Free admission for Veterans and Pool Party at Hawthorne
Unfortunately the morning frost has provided enough moisture to keep us off the turf once again. The course is drying out, but we will wait one more day before getting back on the grass. All 10 races on the Saturday card will be conducted on the fast Hawthorne main track.
Today we have a lot going on at Hawthorne as we honor our Veterans and active service members. Those military members will get free admission and program, along with a free lunch here at Hawthorne today.
Also, we have an opportunity for everyone to end up with their lunch for free as we will be hosting a pool party at Hawthorne. HorseplayerNow’s Joe Kristufek will be onsite for the pool party. For just $20, fans will get to eat and drink for two hours on the first floor by the pool party. In addition, Joe will place $500 worth of wagers and the total won from those wagers will be returned to the fans. A good day for Joe could mean free food and drink for those who get in on the party.
Additionally, Joe will also be conducting an online chat through HorseplayerNow.com as he covers the entire Hawthorne card. The chats will take place every Friday and Saturday for the remainder of the meet as Joe and myself will answer questions, provide selections and give input on the day’s racing action.
Looking back at Friday’s races, the track continued to play very evenly. While a couple of horses showed speed and won, there were many races with a contested early pace and horses were able to close from well back. On Friday, Eddie Perez and Chris Block took the early double as Perez and Truebill outfinished heavily favored Slammin Easy in the opener and then easily took the second with Knight After Night. Jockey Julio Felix continued his hot riding, winning a pair, riding Isteefa for the win in the 6th and closing the day with Little Frances. Trainer Scott Mullins also had a training double with a pair of longshots, winning with Galloping Gulch in the 5th and then classy Illinois-bred Cruise in the featured 8th.
Today the card held together aside from the 9th, which completely fell apart. Here’s the early scratches:
Main Track – Fast
Off the turf
Scratch #5 – Cuzin Dave
Scratch #5 – Pistol Persuasion
Scratch #7 – Beanshade
Race 6 – Off turf – 1 1/8 Miles main track
Scratch #1 – Giant Shift
Scratch #3 – Here Comes Henry
Scratch #10 – Tom Archdeacon
Scratch #6 – Royal Seven
Scratch #13 – Zavill
Race 9 – Off turf – 1 Mile 70 yards Main Track
Scratch #3 – Lock N Lola
Scratch #4 – Secret Story (IRE)
Scratch #7 – Crispy
Scratch #8 – Latin Journey
Scratch #9 – Celestial Citizen
Scratch #10 – Jalal
Scratch #11 – Penelope Perfect
Scratch #12 – Keep On Singing
Scratch #13 – High Velocity
Scratch #14 – Moon Struck Nemi
Scratch #8 – Uno Chapo
Scratch #13 – Instill