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Hawthorne Race Course (9/24/13)

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Admiral Kitten Heads List of Hawthorne Derby Nominations

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Admiral Kitten - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
STICKNEY, IL – Grade I winner Admiral Kitten is one of six sons of Kitten’s Joy nominated to the 49th running of the Grade III Hawthorne Derby. The $200,000 guaranteed event will be the highlight of a special evening card on Saturday, October 5 which begins with a first post of 5:00 pm.

To be contested at one mile and one eighth on the Hawthorne turf course, the Hawthorne Derby closed with 39 total nominations. Of the 39 nominated for the race, nine are Graded stakes winners with another 12 that are Graded stakes placed. Trainer Mike Maker has nominated four to the Hawthorne Derby headed by Admiral Kitten. Admiral Kitten’s most recent start was a victorious one in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on August 17. The other three Maker nominees are Fear the Kitten, Moro Tap, and Wings of Fortune.

Trainer Todd Pletcher also has four nominated to the Hawthorne Derby. Those four are led by multiple stakes winners Notacatbutallama and Winning Cause. Pletcher also has Graded stakes placed Charming Kitten and Graded stakes winner Jack Milton nominated.

The complete list of nominees, along with past performances, for the Hawthorne Derby is posted online at in the Horsemen’s section.

The Hawthorne Derby will be the highlight of a big opening weekend of racing for the fall Hawthorne meet. Hawthorne’s Rocktoberfest will take place all weekend long with food and drink specials, multiple beer vendors on hand, live music, and great racing action. First post on opening day, Friday, October 4 is 3:10 pm. Hawthorne Derby Day has a 5:00 pm post and opening weekend finishes off with a 2:10 pm post on Sunday, October 6.

Live racing returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 4 and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 2:10 pm. On Fridays through November 29, first post will be 3:10 pm. Saturday, October 5 is a special night racing card with a 5:00 pm first post. Beginning December 4, first post will be 1:20 pm daily. 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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