HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (11/23/03)
Contact: Jim Miller
Trainer Cilio Loses Bout With Cancer
STICKNEY, IL -- Longtime Illinois and Louisiana trainer Gene Cilio passed away on Saturday, losing his bout with cancer.
The 74 year-old native of Chicago had been on the local training seen for almost 50 years, winning his first Hawthorne race on September 8, 1955 with Kay's Children.
A strong supporter of the Illinois program, Cilio thrived with many Illinois-bred stakes victories. Top runners for Cilio include Your Ladyship, who won the 1994 Cleopatra at Arlington and Curley Reeves at Fairmount. Your Ladyship also won the inaugural running of the Peach Of It at Sportsman's in 1995 on her way to being named Illinois Champion Older Handicap Mare for 1995.
Crafty Oak won the 1999 Sixty Sails Handicap and Lady Hallie Handicap at Hawthorne. Graded Stakes winner Take Note Of Me, holds the track record for 6½ furlongs at Hawthorne, going 1:14.40 on August 23, 1998.
Cilio won three consecutive Illinois Stakes at Hawthorne on December 2, 1995 and won four consecutive races earlier that year at Sportsman's on April 24. More recently, his filly Scoop won the National Jockey Club Handicap at Sportsman's in 2001 and just this summer Cilio's Out of My Way grabbed victories in the White Oak Handicap and Arlington Sprint Handicap at Arlington.
The wake for Cilio will take place on Monday, November 24 from 4:00-9:00 pm at Salerno's Funeral Home on 450 Lake Street in Roselle, IL. The funeral will be on Tuesday.