|Hawthorne Racecourse release (5/6/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Big Numbers for NJC at Hawthorne Spring Meet
Racing for the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne spring Thoroughbred meet has concluded and the figures have returned with positive results. Racing was excellent, wagering was up and the action is just getting underway at Hawthorne.
On the wagering end, the figures were positive in comparison to like days at Sportsman's for 2002. Instate on Hawthorne's live races, the 2003 average of $428,629 was up 4.54% from the 2002 figure of $410,005. Onsite figures were up 15.59% as $242,776 was the average daily onsite handle, compared to $210,027 from 2002. Out of state handle on Hawthorne races was up 21.84% from 2002 as $1,747,508 in wagers were placed daily compared to $1,434,299 in 2003.
These numbers led to a total rise in handle on Hawthorne races of 17.75% as an average of $2,418,913 daily was wagered on Hawthorne's races compared to $2,054,331 for like days in 2002.
Jockey Larry Sterling Jr. grabbed the title as leading jockey, winning 56 races over the 48 day meet. Sterling was also the only rider to surpass $1 million in earnings for the spring meet. Second in the rider standings was Chris Emigh (44 wins), followed by E.T. Baird (41), Curt Bourque (38) and Zoe Cadman (27).
On the training end, it was Mike Reavis taking his second consecutive National Jockey Club meeting training title. Reavis led in wins (45) and earnings ($651,850), running away with the spring crown. Finishing second in the standings with a strong meet was Tom Tomillo (30 wins), followed by Frank Kirby (19), Wayne Catalano (15), Tom Dorris (14) and Richard Hazelton (14).
The battle for leading owner went to the wire as Frank Calabrese (16 wins) held off Mike Reavis (15 wins), Rick Englander (10), Louis Clarizio (8), Wexler Stables (7), Joel Stable (7), and Asiel Stable (7).
"Everything about this meet was tremendous," stated Hawthorne National LLC's President Thomas F. Carey III. "We successfully consolidated two racing entities into one and never missed a beat. Hawthorne presented the earliest turf racing we have seen commencing in April. We will continue to do everything we can for horsemen to make Hawthorne their home for Chicago racing. This meet was the beginning of bigger and better things to come for us as we continue live racing with our harness meet next week and are lined up for a superb fall Thoroughbred meeting beginning in September."
There's still a good amount of racing to go in 2003 at Hawthorne Race Course as the Suburban Downs summer harness meeting begins on Tuesday May 13 to race through June 30. Thoroughbreds return on September 28 as the $750,000 Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup kicks racing off on the opening day of the fall meet, which continues through December 31.