|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (2/28/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
St. Julien to ride, Hawthorne and TVG hook up, Chi Town Challenge returns
MARLON ST. JULIEN COMES TO HAWTHORNE
Jockey Marlon St. Julien has announced that he will be coming to Chicago to ride in 2003, beginning at Hawthorne early next week. St. Julien, 31, most recently rode at Turfway Park and has been on the national scene since winning his first riding title at Lone Star in 1997. In 2000, he became the first African American since 1921 to ride in the Kentucky Derby. St. Julien will be represented by Keary Sibille, who also holds jockey Roberto Villafan's book.
SPEAKING OF SIBILLE
An update Keary Sibille's father Ray. Ray sustained some back injuries in a spill at the Fair Grounds in January and has been away from the track since. Keary stated that Ray is on the mend and looks to return to riding in mid-April.
HAWTHORNE, TVG SIGN DEAL
Hawthorne and TVG have struck a multi-year contract to cover Hawthorne's races. Hawthorne will be a featured track on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be shown on all racing days. The multi-year deal brings Hawthorne back to live coverage since The Racing Network ceased operation in 2000.
CHI-TOWN CHALLENGE RETURNS
Hawthorne National LLC Officials announced that the popular Chi-Town Challenge will be returning in 2003. In 2002, over 1,500 fans entered the free contest through Sportsman's Park's website. The rules of the contest are easy. Just pick a single horse every racing day that you believe will finish in the top three. If the horse hits the board, you continue to the next racing day. Should your horse be a late scratch, you will be given the post time favorite for the race.
In 2003, the contest returns with the National Jockey Club meeting at Hawthorne Race Course to take place at www.hawthorneracecourse.com. The contest begins on Saturday March 8, and fans can register beginning on opening day, March 1.
The Chi-Town Challenge will continue until there is only a single person left as our top winner. The contest gets bigger and better this year though as additional challenges will take place for our summer harness meeting, along with the fall thoroughbred meet.
HAWTHORNE FEATURED ON ESPN RADIO TOMORROW
Tomorrow morning, Hawthorne will be the focus of a 2-hour radio show on ESPN Radio, hosted by popular radio personality Harry Teinowitz. The show will run from 8 am - 10 am with interviews of featured guests, Charlie Bidwill III, Thomas F. Carey III, jockey Randall Meier, and trainer Mickey Goldfine.