The Night of Champions might be over but we still have plenty of exciting racing left this meet. Starting tonight (August 4), we have a new set of Series races ready to go.
Leg 1 of the Forest View Pacing will take place tonight. The Stickney Pacing Series, Leg 1, takes place on Monday. The Berwyn Pacing Series will begin on Wednesday. The Cicero Series, Leg 1, commences next Friday. The Leg 2 races for each of these Series take place seven days from the start of each Series. The Finals of these Series, each with an estimated purse of $15,000, will take place in the last week of Hawthorne’s Summer Harness meet.
Mark your calendars for August 19th. On that night Hawthorne will feature the Robert F. Carey Open Pace Eliminations. The Eliminations carry a purse of $25,000 but they are only a prelude to the Robert F. Carey Open Pace Final. The Final carries an estimated purse of $100,000.
GIVING THEM A “SPORTING” CHANCE
John Butenschoen and Edward Bardowski’s Fino Sport, trained by John Butenschoen, won his career debut then finished a close second to the talented Pujols, possibly the top Illinois bred 2-year-old Pacer in training right now, in his last so it was no surprise that he was favored in Wednesday night’s first race.
What might have been a bit surprising was that he went off as the 1-9 favorite. But, he certainly lived up to expectations.
They raced pretty much in order through the first quarter but once they hit the backstretch, longshot Ft Apache Special flew to the lead. That lead was short lived, however, because driver Tim Tetrick let Fino Sport out a notch and, by the three quarter pole, there was little doubt in the outcome.
Fino Sport had grabbed the lead soon after the half. He had a two and a half length lead by the three quarters and he went on to win by a length and three quarters.
They paced the mile 1:53.3, getting the first quarter in :28.4, the half in :56.0, and the three quarters in 1:25.1. Fino Sport paid a whopping $2.20 for the win.
ASHLEY MACK TAKES FEATURED CLAIMING HANDICAP
Black Tie Racing Ltd.’s Ashley Mack won for the eighth time this year, easily winning Hawthorne’s featured 10th race. Despite starting from the 10-hole, driver Tony Morgan sent this mare right for the lead. They were a length and a quarter to the good at the quarter pole and led by only a head at the half.
Morgan was content to let favored Twin B Goddess take the lead on the far turn but, after sitting chilly and letting his mare take a breather, they took off again. They drew off to a three-length lead in the stretch and coasted home a length and three quarters in front.
Covering the mile in 1: 53.1, with fractions of :28.2, :56.1, and 1:24.3, this Roger Welch trainee paid $16.80 for the victory.
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