Day At The Track

Trotters the focus in Dygert Memorial

05:00 PM 30 Jul 2018 NZST
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Majistic Caprice with Mike Oosting driving
Majistic Caprice with Mike Oosting driving
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STICKNEY, IL - Sunday night at Hawthorne capped a week of leg three races for the harness racing Night of Champions series as trotters were featured in the Erwin F. Dygert and Beulah Dygert Memorial Trots. The Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot is for Illinois-bred three-year-old colt and gelding trotters while the Beulah Dygert is for Illinois-bred three-year-old filly trotters.

Race five was the third leg of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial as a field of eight lined up behind the starting car. Sent away as the 6-5 favorite was Majistic Caprice with Mike Oosting driving. Making the early lead was Don't Be Cheeky as Brandon Bates guided him through the quarter in :29.3. Moving to take over on the backside was the favorite as Majistic Caprice passed the half in :59.3. Chased into the turn by Don't Be Cheeky, Majistic Caprice passed three quarters in 1:28.1 as the pair opened up daylight on the rest of the field. In the stretch, Don't Be Cheeky tipped out to go after the leader and came up just short, missing by a next to the favorite. Big Lou closed to finish third. The final time for the mile was 1:57.2. Majistic Caprice is owned by D & J Racing Stables along with trainer Roshun Trigg.

Race eight was the third leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial as a full field of eleven lined up. The 7-5 favorite at off time was Good Design with Kyle Wilfong driving. Leaving for the lead was White Pants Fever as she passed the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, Trotting Grace moved to challenge while Lous Silver Star made a three-wide rush to take over. Passing the half in :59.0, Lous Silver Star led the field into the far turn as favored Good Design began to move. After three quarters in 1:29.0, Lous Silver Star and Good Design were side by side into the lane with White Pants Fever coming back along the inside. Mid-stretch, Good Design broke stride as New Queen ranged up in the center of the stretch and closed quickest of all for the win for driver Juan Franco. Maui Mama followed New Queen for second while Shadow Copy rallied late to finish third. The final time for the mile was 1:58.2. New Queen is owned by Peter Kleinhans and trained by Kim Roth.

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, continues the summer harness season through September 24. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 5 through December 29. For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

Jim Miller

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