|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (3/2/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
OPENING DAY HANDLE A HIT
National Jockey Club at Hawthorne handle displayed an impressive bump over last year's figures. Last year's opening day handle was $2,047,571 with $286,608 wagered on site. On the first racing day of 2003, $2,725,763 was wagered on live races with $459,921 bet on site.
Hawthorne National LLC. and TVG have teamed up to present live racing to fans across the US. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Hawthorne will be one of TVG's featured racetracks.
There were quite a few doubles on Saturday. Defending top trainer Michael Reavis won two races. He took the third with Up Jump The Devil ($6.60) and the fifth with High Humidity (6.80). Both runners were ridden by Larry Sterling Jr.
Team Razo, consisting of father Eusebio Razo and son Eusebio Razo Jr., teamed up for a pair of wins. Regal Russ won the sixth ($12.20) and Sir West ($32.80) took the tenth.
Carlos Silva won the Hula Chief Stakes with Classic Appeal ($9.60). He also won the ninth with Illinois Moonshine ($9.00)
Jockey Jesse Campbell also won a pair of races. He took the fourth with Paddy's Spy ($18.40) and the eighth with King Cielo ($5.00).