|Hawthorne Racecourse News Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
HAWTHORNE SPRING MEET IN REVIEW
Turf racing in May once again proved to be a popular option during Hawthorne's spring meet. Despite inclement weather, we only had 10 races moved from the turf to the main track. There was a fairly even mix of routes and sprints. Full fields were the norm.
Peter M. Crane's Hail The Chief won Hawthorne's premier spring event, the $500,000 Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, by over three lengths while Fusao Sekiguchi's Flying Dash took the $250,000 Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby by a similar margin.
Trainer Tom Tomillo, who also won Hawthorne's Fall 2001 meet, clinched Hawthorne's spring training title a few days prior to the end of the meet, with 13 winners. Tom Dorris and Christine Janks tied for second with eight. The races for top jockey and top owner, however, were wide open with only a few races left.
At the end, Shane Laviolette, came out on top for the second consecutive meet. His 19 winners gave him a one-win advantage over Jesse Campbell, who finished with 18. Alfredo Juarez Jr. finished third with 17. E. T. Baird, Larry Sterling Jr., and Chris Emigh tied for fourth with 16 victories.
Lothenbach Stables Inc. and Louis J. Roussel tied for leading owner with five victories. Roussel's stable earned $101,935 while Lothenbach amassed $95,727. Frank C. Calabrese and Wexler Stables Inc. tied for third with four wins.
Handle figures: 2002 to 2001 comparisons: Daily Averages