Day At The Track

Leonard bags six on Hawthorne Card

06:00 AM 14 Jun 2016 NZST
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Casey Leonard
Casey Leonard ended his big night on Sunday with this easy four-length victory behind the Ken Rucker trained Capelo to give him 1,996 career wins.
While harness racing fans received a bit of a respite from the near 100 degree temperatures that gripped the Chicagoland area over the weekend, leading driver Casey Leonard remained red-hot on Sunday night at Hawthorne as the 38-year-old reinsman posted a six-pack of winners on the 11-race program.

The big night on Sunday left the third generation horseman, who started his career with a victory at the Woodstock County Fair back in 1996, just four victories shy of the coveted 2,000 win mark for his career.

Sunday's sizzling performance started with a 17-1 upset behind the Curt Grummel trained trotter Rose Guida and concluded with an easy four-length triumph with Ken Rucker's 8-5 favorite Capelo in the nightcap.

In between the bookend victories Leonard managed to sweep races three through six with a variety of mid-level betting choices and one favorite for his many followers.

Sporting a gaudy .383 UDRS going into Sunday's action the Harvard, Illinois native has a double-digit lead over Todd Warren in the driver standings for the summer meet after easily taking home leading driver honors for the five-week winter meet that concluded in early Feb.

Live racing at Hawthorne resumes on Thursday, June 16th with a 10-race card on tap. First post is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. (central).

Tom Kelley

 

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