Hawthorne Racecourse (4/25/12)
Contact: Jim Miller
Hawthorne remembers Eddie Razo
We open the stable notes on a very somber note, marking the passing of jockey Eusebio, Razo, Jr. Eddie was a great guy, a great rider and a mentor to all in the room. Eddie was always professional and was a very good family man. On his career, Eddie was very successful, having more success at Hawthorne than any other racetrack in the country, winning over 1,000 races here and is currently fifth all time at Hawthorne amongst riders. Eddie rode over 2,600 winners, with many stakes horses, going as far back as riding Black Tie Affair as a 23-year-old rider just getting started to most recently being the first jock to ride eventual Grade I winner Giant Oak.
Eddie never had a bad word to say about anyone, he was always willing to take time to talk to fans, staff and young riders and always was very pleasant to deal with. He garnered the respect of all around him and will sorely be missed on the Chicago, and national racing scene. We will miss Eddie Razo, Jr.
Only four live days of racing remain in the spring Thoroughbred meet, a meet that has passed extremely quickly. We are packing a lot of action in to close things out as fields remain strong, we have good, competitive racing, and a day full of stakes races ahead on Saturday with our Illinois Champions Day. We are drawing those races today as we close out our meet on Sunday. The stakes races look to be extremely competitive and the older male sprint race may be one of the best that we have seen in years.
Today we also have a lot going on as Sherwin Williams returns with their open event at Hawthorne. Patrons can check in on the event which will be focused on the second floor of the grandstand throughout the day. Due to the Sherwin Williams event, the Gold Cup dining room will be closed to patrons, but fans will be able to order lunch from our new box seat area on the first floor to get an up close view of the races. To reserve a box for the day, contact Guest Services by calling 708-780-3733.
On Sunday, jockey Tim Thornton picked up the 1,000th win of his riding career and did so with a pickup mount in the day’s finale. A young rider who is an excellent judge of pace, Thornton saved ground and waited his time about Mr. Flexible before squeezing through a hole in the stretch to get up in the final strides for the longshot win. For a riding career that started in just 2003 and has seen its share of injuries and time away, Thornton has been very consistent in the last five years, winning more than 125 races in each year from 2007-2011 and winning over 150 races in 2008, 2009, and 2010. There are many, many more wins ahead for Tim.
Additionally, there will be an online chat on HorseplayerNow.com to cover the day’s racing action. The chat room opens at 1:15 and will cover all of the Hawthorne races, giving insight and input, along with selections.
There is a growing chance for rain as the day progresses, but hopefully we will luck out and it will hold off until after races today.
Main Track - Good
Turf - Good
Scratch #4 – C Saga Ryder
Scratch #10 – On Your Side
Scratch #1 – Dreymore
Scratch #5 – Stardust Raj
Scratch #11 – La Panchita