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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Race Course daily notes (9/25/03)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Gold Cup Field Shaping Up, Martin to Ride at Hawthorne, Opening Day Action

Gold Cup Probables on Grounds

A pair of Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) runners are on the grounds at Hawthorne as they make their final preparations for Sunday's race.

Patricia Pavlish's Aeneas made his final preparations before shipping in for Sunday's Gold Cup. Following a strong work of 1:00 2/5 on Monday morning at Calder Aeneas shipped on Wednesday, arriving at Hawthorne Wednesday night.

Trained by Martin Wolfson, the four-year-old colt will be making his seventh start of the year as he looks for his first victory. Stakes placed three times in 2003, Aeneas finished second to Perfect Drift at Arlington on July 19 in the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap.

Locally based San Pedro has been on the Hawthorne track to gallop twice this week for owner Ralph Rudolph and trainer Joseph Broussard. The Gold Cup will be San Pedro's toughest test of his career, but he has been very consistent in 2003, hitting the board in all six of his starts. Broussard plans to work San Pedro on Friday morning.

Probables for the Gold Cup scheduled to arrive on Thursday are Tenpins, Perfect Drift, and No Comprende. Be Like Mike is still a possible for the Gold Cup as trainer Niall O'Callaghan looks to repeat his triumph in last year's event when he won with Hail the Chief.

Eddie Martin Jr. to Ride Early

Jockey Eddie Martin, Jr. has been on the Arlington grounds for the last week and plans on riding through the middle of November at Hawthorne. Martin, based at Fair Grounds in the fall, will ride mainly for trainer Bret Calhoun. Bobby Kelly will be Martin's agent.

Opening Day Festivities

$25,000 Pick 4 on Opening Day

On Opening Day Sunday, Hawthorne will be offering a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 4 covering races 7-10. The Pick 4 will include the Hawthorne Gold Cup, which will go as the ninth race on the card. The wager is a $2 minimum wager, but can be played with multiple combinations for a $1 ticket.

Chi-Town Challenge Begins Sunday

The popular online Chi-Town Challenge will begin with Sunday's races. The free contest requires the contestant to select one horse to hit the board on each racing day's card. The last person standing will receive the $5,000 top prize. For more information, and to sign up for the challenge, go to www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

Hawthorne on the Air

Sunday's Hawthorne Gold Cup will be televised on both ESPN and FOX Sports Net. The Gold Cup will be televised live on Fox at 4:56 PM as part of an hour-long show which runs from 4:30 - 5:30 PM CDT. The race will also be televised on ESPN as part of their "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" series, showing on a tape delay for the show that runs from 5:00 - 6:00 pm CDT.

Also, Hawthorne's "Thoroughbred Today" replay show will once again air on CLTV every racing night, airing from 10:00 - 10:30 pm. Jim Miller and Peter Galassi will host the show.

In the fall, Hawthorne races live from September 28 - January 3. Racing will be conducted Wednesday - Sunday with first post daily of 1:10 pm CDT. On Breeders' Cup Day, Hawthorne's first post will be Noon and racing will also take place on Monday, October 13.

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