Day At The Track


05:54 AM 16 Jul 2005 NZST
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Following an accident at Hawthorne Racecourse in Friday's (July 15) fifth race, drivers Dave Magee and Michael Oosting were taken to Loyola Medical Center for testing.

Both were conscious and alert upon arrival at the emergency room and both were scheduled for CAT scans.

We'll try to get an update on Saturday morning


he Panhellenic Stb. Corp.’s Dink Adoo, heavily favoured in Friday’s first race at Hawthorne, got up just in a nick of time, not only winning the race but also setting a new track record in the process.

Starting from the seven-hole and racing near the rear, he was parked for most of the race but he was able to overcome that tough trip, utilizing a great late move to win by a neck

Driven by Mike Oosting, his first of three straight winners on the night, Dink Adoo, trained by Ken Rucker, covered the mile in 1.53.3, setting a new record for aged trotters, beating the 1.54 mile set by Hunt M Down nearly two years ago.

Woody Woodrow set the fast fractions of 27.3 seconds, 56.1s, and 1.25.2 and held the lead through much of the stretch, but finished third, beaten less than a length.

ink Adoo paid $2.60 for the victory.


he second leg divisions of the Creative Lass Series, for 3-Year-Old filly Pacers Conceived and Foaled in Illinois, were contested Friday night.

In the first division of the evening Fox Valley Zena went off as the 7-5 favourite and led for most of the race but it was Gary Fransen and Valerie Haines American Riches, with Tony Morgan in the bike, third choice in the wagering despite winning her first leg of this Series, who came home in front.

Paying $10.40 for trainer Valerie Haines, this filly got the mile in 1.53 after fractions of 28.4s, 57s, and 1.25.1 and got the last quarter mile in 27.2s.

n the second split of the night, even-money favourite Brianna Joy, owned by James Jesk and Ledford Racing Inc, and trained by Seldon Ledford, made every pole a winning one.

Starting from the nine-hole didn’t hamper her at all. Brianna Joy got to the lead quickly, had a 1 ¾ length lead by the opening quarter and was never seriously challenged.

Unlike her trip in the Hanover at Balmoral where she was under pressure from the start, Brianna Joy was able to coast under relatively soft fractions of 28.1s, 57.3s, and 1.25.2, getting the last quarter in 27.2s and the mile in 1.52.4 and won for the fifth time in seven starts this year.

The third leg of the Creative Lass Series takes place on July 29 and the Final, worth an estimated $100,000, will be contested on August 5 in our first annual Night of Champions.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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