Day At The Track


09:59 PM 23 Sep 2005 NZST
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One-Hour special dedicated to Hawthorne's Fall Harvest Festival

It's opening weekend of the Thoroughbred racing season at Hawthorne, and the Cicero oval doesn't waste any time drawing attention to itself, offering a trio of stakes races worth more than $1 million combined purses.

DAK Racing's Michael Costanzo plays point guard for handicapping Yoda Dave "The Thoroughbred Maven" Gutfreund and Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh, and together the team will break down the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup, the Grade III Carey Memorial and the Indian Maid during the course of Saturday's one-hour Horsin' Around TV special.

Horsin' Around producer Joe Kristufek is joined by Hawthorne television personality Jim Miller to break down the fall season and to provide the fans with useful wagering angles, and by marketing director Joe Scurto, who discusses why Hawthorne will become the Mecca of handicapping contests.

Kristufek also provides a special feature on the revolutionary new Polytrack surface, recently installed at Kentucky 's Turfway Park .

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Is the Maven UnBEATable?

AttenTION - Reno Ron Takes His Swing at Maven!

Saturday, September 24

LIVE from the Hawthorne Gold Cup Room!

Recreational horseplayer journeys from Tennessee to BEAT THE MAVEN!

Tale of the Tape

Dave Gutfreund

Nickname: The Thoroughbred Maven

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

Age: 43

Occupation: Horse racing media

Horseplayer: Professional "Know it All"

Multiple Handicapping Titlist

Qualified for the DRF/NTRA National Championship the last four years (2001-2004)

Qualified for the World Series of Handicapping both years (2003, 2004)

Ronald Maples

Nickname: Reno Ron

Residence: Cordova, Tennessee

Age: 59

Occupation: Retired Army

Horseplayer: Recreational - "When my wife gives me my allowance".

Won a weekly contest at the Circus Circus in Las Vegas

Placed 12th in a national contest in Reno

Tied for 8 th in Beat The Maven Round I

Top Score in Beat the Maven Round II

Round II

Ronald G. Maples $52.20

Robert Saelens $29.20

Merwyn Bruhns $24.70

Robert Kluk $21.20

Kevin Brzezinski $19.60

Tom Verstat $18.40

Paul M. Georgian $10.60

Larry A. Boward $5.00

Roger Wiklund $0

Tom Rothstein $0

The Top Ten "Wanna-be Mavens"!

Round I

1. Robert Kluk $95.20

1. Tom Rothstein $95.20

3. Paul Georgian $83.40

4. Kevin B. $83.10

5. Roger Wik $78.60

6. I. Beskins $67.50

7. Tom Verstat $64.00

8. Merwyn Bruhns $63.00

9. Ronald Maples $63.00

10. Bob Saelens $ 63.00

In the Finals, it's the "Maven Choose Six".

If you're going to beat the Mave at HIS game, you're going to have to do it on HIS terms (after all, he is the Maven).

Mave will choose the six races (three from Hawthorne, three national), and the finalist will go heads up with the Maven to compete for prizes (to be announced), and a segment appearance beside the Mave on the October 15 edition of Horsin' Around TV.

If you tie the Maven YOU LOSE. You must... BEAT THE MAVEN!

The Grand Prize winner (must beat the Maven Heads Up)

0,000 Club Hawthorne Points

One free entry into all applicable Hawthorne buy in contests for the 2005 fall meet (must qualify under the contest conditions).

Six-month unlimited subscription to (including Formulator 4.0)

Unframed Daily Racing Form Custom Front Cover - to document your victory over the Mave!

A segment appearance next to The Maven on the October 15 th edition of Horsin' Around TV.

Horsin' Around TV airs Saturdays at 1.00 am, 6.00 am and 10.30 am on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

For more information on Horsin' Around TV, visit our website at

Courtesy Of DAK Productions

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