Hawthorne Racecourse (3/2/12)
Contact: Jim Miller
Scattered showers, Fan Friendly Friday at Hawthorne
Dealing with a little bit of weather today as there is some scattered showers in the forecast, but temps are expected to stay steady in the 40s and our track crew, as always, has done a wonderful job with the racing surface. We open Friday with a track listed as fast for a solid 9-race card. For those playing the Pick 4 wagers, the late Pick 4 is a very tough sequence, but it should also provide a very nice return.
On Wednesday, our riders, and horses braved some strong winds, battling through a strong headwind in the stretch. A pair of trainers had doubles as John Haran and Larry Rivelli each won a pair. One jockey, Alejandro Contreras, also won a pair. The second win for the bug boy was the 40th victory on his young riding career. Contreras now adds a couple of pounds as he is now a 5 lb. apprentice.
Seven days into the racing season, the top two in the standings looks much like the standings did this past fall as Florent Geroux is off to a fine start with 10 wins from his first 34 mounts. Constantino Roman is second in the standings with 8 victories. Quincy Hamilton has also heated up in the past week, moving into third in the standings with 6 victories. Following the top three, there is a three way tie for 4th between Inez Karlsson, Francisco Torres, and Tim Thornton, all with 5 wins apiece.
For the trainer standings, Roger Brueggemann has gotten off to a hot start once again, posting 11 wins from his first 26 starters. Frank Kirby has also started well with 7 winners, one ahead of Larry Rivelli who has won with 6 of his first 10 starters.
Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. has had a great start for wins and earnings, winning 5 times from 15 starts for nearly $150,000 in earnings through the first 7 days of racing.
Wednesday also marked our first two, two-time winners this meet for Thoroughbreds. Both Come on Man and Sea Why were victorious Wednesday, each in impressive fashion. Each horse, just two starts in, has already earned over $20,000 on the meet. Also, on Wednesday, the Illinois-product showed it was strong as the winner of all nine races was either Illinois-bred or foaled. That shows the quality of our state-breds as only one race on the Wednesday card was Illinois restricted.
Don’t forget, today is Fan Friendly Friday as we have $2 specials on admission, food and beverage. Also, a reminder, our new Finish Line Party Box opens Saturday. For details on seating in the box, visit Guest Services on the first floor of the grandstand.
Today’s Early Scratches
Main Track – Fast
Scratch #2 – Secret Glitter
Scratch #2 – Bella Road
Scratch #1 – King Crimson
Scratch #4 – Gracias Derenzo
Scratch #1 – Principalia
Scratch #4 - Adara