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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/7/12)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Breezy and warm at Hawthorne


What a beautiful day outside! It is a bit breezy but we have sunny skies, a fast main track and temperatures in the 60s for a Wednesday afternoon of racing action! We have completed our first four-day racing week and things appear to be tightening up a bit in the standings.

For jocks, Florent Geroux, off a pair of victories on Sunday, still holds the lead atop the rider standings with 12 wins. Geroux went through a case of seconditis this past week before breaking out with back-to-back wins aboard Electric Alphabet and Lady Joburg on Sunday. Geroux is two wins ahead of Constantino Roman and Tim Thornton. Thornton has been very consistent all meet and looks to be in the form that brought him numerour Hawthorne riding titles. Behind those two is a tie between Quincy Hamilton and Inez Karlsson, both off to good starts with seven wins apiece.

On the training end, Roger Brueggemann has cooled off a bit, but still leads the training standings with 12 wins from his first 38 starts. Brueggemann and Geroux had their seconditis together, as Roger has an ITM rate of 61 percent through the first 10 racing days. Frank Kirby has had a fine meet as he is second in the standings with 9 wins, followed by Chris Dorris and Larry Rivelli, each with 6 wins apiece.

Yesterday, we happily announced that WGN Chicago will be covering the Illinois Derby on Saturday, April 7. The one-hour telecast will cover both the $500,000 Grade III Illinois Derby along with the $60,000 added Cryptoclearance Stakes. WGN will be onsite for their coverage as we focus on the biggest race of the spring racing season.

Today at Hawthorne we have another of our online chats with HorseplayerNow.com. The chat room will open at 1:15 pm and cover the entire Hawthorne card. There will be insight and input along with selections for the 9-race card. You can log in through the Hawthorne Website and HawthorneRaceCourse.com.

We have a few changes today as Francisco Torres is sick and off his mounts:

Today’s Early Changes

Main Track – Fast

Race 1

Scratch #1a – Raspberry Jam
Scratch #5 – Silky Sami
#3 – Jockey – Q. Hamilton

Race 2

Scratch #4 – Tarva
#6 – Jockey – Q. Hamilton

Race 4

#3 – Jockey – Q. Hamilton

Race 5

#5 – Jockey – J. Lantz

Race 7

Scratch #1 – Spirit Plus

Race 8

Scratch #1a – Angel First Class
Scratch #3 – Gibby’s Tornado
#11 – Jockey – O. Mojica

Race 9

Scratch #2 – McCourt
#1a – Jockey – E. Perez
#10 – Jockey – Q. Hamilton


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