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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/6/12)

Contact: Ron Uchman
(708) 780-3700


Romacaca - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
STICKNEY, IL – It pretty much went as planned. Frank Calabrese’s Romacaca grabbed control at the start of the Indian Maid, a mile and a sixteenth event over the turf course with a purse of $100,000, and never relinquished it.

Through easy fractions of :24;86, :49.78, 1:14.23 and 1:37.65, with a final time of 1:43.62 over a Hawthorne turf course listed as firm, Romacaca was never serious menaced.

“It was a beautiful trip,” said rider Francisco Torres. “There wasn’t much other pace in the race so we thought we would be able to dictate. She did it like a professional. Turning for home, when she felt them coming to her she quickened up. She’s just a professional.”

Luis Quinonez, who finished second on Julie's Love, was pleased with the trip. "We had a good trip. She relaxed, we just couldn't get by that other horse. She raced really well, just couldn't get by."

“Israel Ocampo, the rider of third-place finisher Kepi, “We needed a rabbit to run with Romacaca. I knew my horse wasn’t quick enough to go with her so I held back a bit hoping to make a run at them late.”

Unfortunately, that might have been the last we get to see of Romacaca as a race mare. Trainer Danny Miller was excited about the victory but a little sad at the prospect of losing her. “She is in the Fastig-Tipton sale next month. If they wait on her too long as a broodmare, her value could be hurt. But, I would imagine that if she doesn’t bring enough money, Frank will hold onto her. She’s awfully nice.”

Romacaca earned $60,000 for her victory. Her career earnings stand at $866,992.

Romacaca paid $3.20, $2.40, and $2.10. Julie’s Love returned $3.80 and $2.60. Kepi paid $3.20 to show.

Live racing at Hawthorne takes place five days a week and concludes Sunday, December 30. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post daily is 2:10 pm. Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at

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