|Hawthorne Racecourse daily notes (3/30/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Remembering Wright, Bourque Gets a bit Closer, ChiTown Done
Jackie Wright Passes
Longtime friend to many around the racetrack, Jackie Wright, passed away on Friday evening. Wright, 51, lost her battle to breast cancer, but will leave a lasting impact on the Chicago racing scene.
Jackie was a longtime assistant to top trainer Wayne Catalano, and tried her hand at training herself in 2001. That year, with a small stable of horses, Jackie was named the "Top Up & Comer" for the Arlington meet as she had a very successful year.
Jackie returned to work for Catalano in 2002 and continued to assist in training, along with galloping horses throughout the year. Jackie is survived by her daughter Stephanie.
Throughout Jackie's battle, she was helped by many. To the end, trainer Mary Zimmerman and Arlington TV personality Christine Gabriel were by her side. Mary and Christine will continue to remember Jackie as they provide assistance to charities such as the American Cancer Society and Riding for a Cure.
On Monday morning at 10:15 AM, all horsemen and fans are invited to a special memorial for Jackie to take place on the first floor of the Clubhouse. Reverend Dave will be presiding over the memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to both the American Cancer Society and Riding for a Cure.
Bourque Only Eight Away
Jockey Curt Bourque got a couple of steps closer to 3,000 career wins on Saturday as he won a pair of race on the card. Bourque grabbed a victory in the first aboard Star Beam and then won the finale aboard Wheaton One.
Bourque is now just eight victories away from 3,000. He is slated to ride five on Sunday, one on Monday, and four on Tuesday.
ChiTown Challenge Comes to Abrupt End
It appeared heading into Saturday that the ChiTown Challenge was going to go on for a few more days, but that was thrown for a loop as all of the selections went to a pair of runners that finished out of the money.
The On-site ChiTown Challenge had two people battling for the top prize and they both went to heavily favored Ifyouprefersilver in the Lady Hallie Handicap. Additionally, 15 of the 17 remaining players in the Online challenge also went to Ifyouprefersilver.
Unfortunately for all, Ifyouprefersilver ran fourth in the Lady Hallie, thus ending the Challenge for all involved. In the online challenge, the other two candidates were knocked out in the second race when Just Glorious missed the board as well.
Because of the contest ending for all, the prizes were split amongst the bunch. The onsite winners split the top prize with each winning 62,500 Club Hawthorne points. The online winners all will receive $300 in prize money as Hawthorne tossed in an extra $100 to even out the payout for all.