|Hawthorne Racecourse Daily Notes
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Numbers Up This Fall At Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL -- The fall meeting at Hawthorne wrapped up with all things forward as handle was up, field size was great, and new titles were won. The 47-day meet, which concluded on January 1, was fueled by the return of the Guaranteed Pick 6 wager early in the meet as well as the 2% lowered takeout on all wagers for the entire meet.
Hawthorne averaged 9.15 starters per race on the meet and averaged 9.97 starters for the turf races as the turf course was utilized well into the month of November. Handle statistics showed an improvement as well for the fall meeting despite the loss of Breeders' Cup Day, which was a part of Hawthorne's racing dates in 2000.
Total handle on live racing through December 31 averaged $2,451,178 as compared to $1,947,483 for similar racing days in 2000, which included Breeders' Cup day for a 25.86% improvement in 2001. Without the inclusion of Breeders' Cup Day, this fall was even more impressive as the numbers were up 27.97% from the $1,915,480 average of 2000.
On-site on Hawthorne races, handle was up 6.57% in comparison to last fall without the Breeders' Cup as this year averaged $226,198 daily in comparison to $212,262 in 2000. The overall combined figures for 2001 were very promising as the daily average was $3,719,476, up 13.72% from the Breeders' Cup included total of $3,270,672 and up 17.86% from the non-Breeders' Cup included 2000 figures of $3,156,000.
Jockey Shane Laviolette wrapped up his first career riding title as he battled to a victory over Randy Meier. Tom Tomillo was the leading trainer, winning his third Hawthorne title after victories in 1988 and 1990. In the owner's race, it was Irish Acres Farms grabbing the honors.
Recapping the season, Hawthorne's Director of Operations Thomas F. Carey III stated, "This was a fantastic meet for us as all of our numbers were up. Even though we lost the month of October this year, we were still able to run on the turf quite a bit in November and the weather in December was excellent. With the return of the Guaranteed Pick 6, we got off to a good jumpstart this fall and our bettors were very loyal as we rewarded them with the lowered takeout for the entire meet. With the inclusion of the summer harness meeting to our spring and fall Thoroughbred meets, we're looking towards a very promising year in 2002."
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