HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
|Hawthorne Racecourse (4/27/04)
Contact: Ron Uchman
Miller Promoted to Assistant GM, Romero to Represent Morris at Arlington
STICKNEY, IL -- Hawthorne's Director of Operations Thomas F. Carey III announced on Monday that Director of Media Relations Jim Miller has been promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager of Thoroughbred Racing. Miller, 28, will continue with his duties as TV analyst and Media Relations Director while helping to oversee the operations of the thoroughbred racing meet.
Miller began in racing in 1993 at Arlington Park before coming to Hawthorne in the fall of 1997. Assuming the full-time role of Media Relations Director in 2000, Miller has expanded his duties through the course of the past four years.
"It's my pleasure to name Jim to this position," stated Carey. "He has shown the ability and knowledge to be a focal point at Hawthorne in many facets on the thoroughbred racing end. He has a great future ahead of him and I looking forward to working closely with him for years to come."
Randy Romero to Take Liz Morris' Book at Arlington
Retired legendary rider Randy Romero will be at Arlington Park throughout the summer as he will bring veteran rider Jose Martinez to the meet and assume the book of apprentice rider Liz Morris.
Romero won 4,285 races and more than $75 million in purses during his illustrious career. He won three Breeders' Cup races, most notably winning the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard undefeated Personal Ensign. Romero is currently undergoing treatment due to failing kidneys but has battled back to return as an agent.
Apprentice rider Liz Morris will hook up with Romero at the start of the Arlington meet. Her current agent, Jodie Sinclair, will be leaving to go to Canterbury Park during the summer. Morris finished 12th in the Hawthorne fall meet of 2003, with her mounts earning over $374,000. This spring, Morris has won seven races while hitting the board in almost 40% of her mounts. The 24-year-old rider will be the only regular female rider this summer at Arlington Park.
"I'm looking forward to working with Liz this summer," stated Romero. "From everything I've heard, she's a hard worker and I think we'll be able to do well together."