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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (10/13/12)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

The ‘Rent’ Gets Paid in the Grade III Hawthorne Derby

Two Months Rent
Two Months Rent - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
STICKNEY, IL – An early-afternoon thunderstorm hit Hawthorne Race Course causing the sixth race, which had been scheduled for turf, to be moved to the main track but the 48th Hawthorne Derby, a Grade III race with a guaranteed purse of $200,000, was still contested on a surface designated as yielding.

That yielding course didn’t scare anybody away and the connections of also-eligible Pizza Man, who waited until the last moment hoping to get in, were forced to scratch.

Twelve runners went to post in the mile and an eighth turf event. At the end it was AJ Suited Racing Stable’s Two Months Rent, trained by James J. Toner, who made a late surge to get the winner’s share of the $200,000 purse.

Jesus Castanon, the winning rider of Two Months Rent, thought his mount loved the yielding turf. “He gave me exactly what we expected. He was very comfortable and traveling fine. I just got him outside, gave him room to run and he picked it up; he went on and did his business. As soon as he broke from the gate I knew he could handle the yielding turf. I could just feel it. Everything went according to plan. We had a good trip, he handled the turf, and we got up for the win.”

They got the mile and an eighth on the yielding turf in 1:52.58 after fractions of :23.83, :48.71, 1:13.75, and 1:39.42.

Finale set most of those fractions and he was still on the lead when he turned for home. But, he never got a breather, and faded late to finish sixth.

Favored Lea made a valiant late run but could only get up for third, beaten by about five lengths. Rosie Napravnik, “It was a little slippery. My horse actually slipped a little coming out of the gate so we didn’t get the position we expected. He was just trying to get a hold of it and he did come with a great late run. He’s a nice horse and he tried hard today. He was shaking his head around and obviously didn’t like the rain but he ran well.”

Film Shot had been tracking the pace from the start and was able to put away the rest of the speed and did get to the lead in the stretch but was unable to hold off the late run of Two Months Rent and he finished a head back. His rider Leandro Goncalves "I had a perfect trip. Turning for home I asked him and he just took off, I thought we were home but then he just got beat."

Two Months Rent paid $43.20, $16.20 and $7.00. Film Shot returned $10.80 and $5.60. Lea paid $3.80 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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