Hawthorne Racecourse (11/30/11)
Contact: Jim Miller
Sunny, turf at Hawthorne
After an extremely windy day on Tuesday, where I was happy we had the day off from live racing, today is actually a very nice day for late November in Chicago as we have sunny skies, a fast main track and are on the turf with a turf course listed as soft.
Looking back at last weekend, despite terrible weather, we had a fine turnout for our NHC $100,000 Super qualifier as we will be sending our 10 finalists to the NTRA National Handicapping Championship next year in Las Vegas. Also, on Saturday, I saw Brandon Meier in the jock’s room. Considering that he was just a week off a rough spill, he looked good. He will be out for the remainder of the fall meet but said that aside from some soreness in his mid section, he was doing well and plans to return in the spring.
Last week was a great week for Bug boy Constantino Roman. After a 4-win day to kick off the week, Roman stayed hot through the weekend, moving into second in the jockey standings with 40 wins on the meet. Roman chases only Florent Geroux, who has been a model of consistency as Geroux has guided home 46 winners through last Sunday. Tim Thornton is third in the standings with 35 wins, followed by Julio Felix (33) and Eddie Perez (31).
Trainer Roger Brueggemann continues his stranglehold on the trainer standings, leading the meet with 29 winners in the first 41 racing days. Chris Block is currently second in the standings with 16 wins, followed by Jimmy DiVito with 14 wins.
Brueggemann’s top owner, Midwest Thoroughbreds, stands atop the owner standings with 18 wins. William Stiritz is second with 9 wins on the meet followed by a trio of owners with 5 winners. Two horses have had three wins thus far for the fall as Campo Joti has won 3 races in 4 starts for trainer Steve Manley and trainer Brian Williamson’s Courtly made it 3 for 3 on the meet this past weekend.
Here’s the scratches as of 11:30 am:
Main Track – Fast
Turf – Soft
Scratch #7 – Spatzel
Scratch #2 – Proud Pick
Scratch #5 – Amalfi Runner
Scratch #7 – Political Agenda
Scratch #11 – No Lip