Hawthorne Racecourse (4/18/12)
Contact: Jim Miller
Sixty Sails preview, Wednesday chat at Hawthorne
It’s hard to believe that we have only two weeks of live racing remaining for the spring Thoroughbred meet, but we are packing a lot of action into the final two weeks as we have large fields, a nice carryover in the Pick 6 and seven stakes races remaining for the spring meet. Before we look at the Sixty Sails Handicap, which will be run this Saturday as the 9th race on the card, let’s look at the standings.
Entering today, jockey Francisco Torres appears to have the standings for leading rider in hand with his 42 wins on the meet. That puts him 16 ahead of Tim Thornton, who is only 6 wins from 1,000 on his young riding career. Constantino Roman is third in the standings with 22 victories on the meet. Trainer Roger Brueggemann opened up his lead in the trainer standings with a big week last week as he is now 14 ahead of Frank Kirby with 34 wins this spring. Following Kirby’s 20 wins is a tie for third between John Haran and Chris Dorris. Midwest, Thoroughbreds, Inc. looks to capture another title as leading owner as they have a 13 win lead this meet with their 21 victories.
This Saturday is the return of the Grade III $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap and we have attracted a very strong field of 8 entered for the race. We are drawing post positions later today for the event which will go as the ninth race on the card. Here’s the horses entered for the Sixty Sails, with trainer and rider in alphabetical order:
||R. Homeister, Jr.
|Love and Pride
|One Last Dance
|She’s All Inn
||D. Von Hemel
This is a very nice field with multiple stakes winners, multiple graded stakes placed horses and multiple graded stakes winners. It looks like an excellent feature for the Saturday card. A reminder, we are only a week away from Illinois Champions Day at Hawthorne as we will have six Illinois-bred Stakes events which look to be lining up as very competitive races.
Also, we will be having another of our online chats today on HorseplayerNow.com. You can log into the chat through the Hawthorne webpage as the room opens at 1:15 and the chat will cover the entire card. There will be analysis and selections, along with the ability for fans to give input and a look ahead to the Sixty Sails on Saturday.
We have a few changes on the Wednesday card, and a reminder, the Pick 6 with a $26,000+ carryover starts in the fourth race:
Main Track - Fast
Turf - Good
Scratch #3 – Evette
Scratch #4 – J S P Pals Forever
Scratch #1 – Bluegrass Type
Scratch #4 – Mr Mojo Risin