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STICKNEY, IL - The summer harness racing season at Hawthorne Race Course culminates this weekend as eleven stakes finals will compromise Night of Champions on Saturday night. Four legs of preliminary events have led to the finals for two and three-year olds while eliminations were contested last weekend for the aged divisions. With a 7:20 PM post time Saturday, events will begin earlier in the night, including a driver autograph session at 6:30 PM and the ability to meet past Illinois Champion horse Mini Me on the Hawthorne apron. The $45,000 Robert S. Molaro Handicap kicks off the stakes evening as reigning Illinois-bred Horse of the Year Fox Valley Gemini leads the field of six. A winner of 29 of 38 lifetime starts, the Terry Leonard trainee has won 10 times this year, including last week's preview. Owned by Jim Ballinger, Casey Leonard will be in the bike. Unlocked returns to Hawthorne as he recently surpassed $600,000 in lifetime earnings. A winner at Hawthorne last year, he races for trainer Nelson Willis with Jim Pantaleano driving. Two-year-old filly trotters follow in the $82,000 Fox Valley Flan Championship. The full field of ten is led by of pair of Steve Searle trainees in Bee See and Lous Abigail. Bee See draws post position two and she enters the race a winner of five of nine starts on the year. Regular driver Kyle Husted will be in the bike. The second Searle trainee, Lous Abigail, isn't helped by her post draw as she will start from the outside of the field of ten. Leading driver Casey Leonard gets the call as Lous Abigail has finished first of second in all nine of her starts. Juvenile filly pacers are next up with a wide open field of ten in the $115,000 Incredible Tillie Championship. Different horses have won legs in this series as Fox Valley Exploit leads the way from the inside. Trained and driven by Kyle Husted, Fox Valley Exploit has won half of her eight starts on the year, including the Directors Award two races back. Sign Her Up races for trainer Charles Arthur as Juan Franco drives. A winner of three of her last five, Sign Her Up comes in off a victory in the most recent leg of the Incredible Tillie. Sleazy Gal draws the outside for owner Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trainer Erv Miller. A winner from the outside in the final at the Illinois State Fair last month, Kyle Wilfong returns in the bike. Aged trotters take to the track in the $45,000 Plesac Championship. The field of five features top mare Annas Lucky Star as she faces the boys once again. The track record holder is owned by Danny Graham and races for Nelson Willis. A 32-time winner from 56 starts, Annas Lucky Star was impressive in last week's preview victory. Kyle Wilfong returns to drive. Talk About Valor poses the biggest threat to Annas Lucky Star. Casey Leonard drives the Gerald Hansen trainee as he has found the board in all 18 starts this year. The $95,000 Beulah Dygert Memorial Championship for three-year-old filly trotters has a field of ten as the favorite draws the rail. Flacco Family Farms LLC owned Louzotic starts from the inside for trainer Steve Searle and driver Kyle Husted. A winner of 10 of 14 starts on the year, Louzotic rides a four race win streak into this final. Another in fine form is Skippymalou as the second of four starters in the race for Flacco Family Farms. A six time winner on the year, she enters this final a winner of three of her last four starts. Casey Leonard drives Skippymalou. Three-year-old male trotters follow in the $92,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Championship. Flacco Family Farms LLC is featured prominently once again with a pair in this race. Lousraptor has six victories on the year and has hit the board in 13 of 16 races. Casey Leonard returns in the bike. Lourhianon pulled off the upset of Lousraptor in the final leg leading into this final for trainer Kennedy Lindsey. He draws the outside in the final for driver Luke Plano as he looks for his seventh victory of the year. The $108,000 Kadabra Championship for two-year-old male trotters is led by the talented Fox Valley Quest from the barn of trainer Tom Simmons. A winner of nine of 11 starts, Fox Valley Quest looks to show his speed and control this field from start to finish for driver Casey Leonard. Crooked Creek has arrived late on the scene, but comes in off an impressive win on the front end in his most recent start for trainer Mike Brink. Ryan Anderson picks up the drive once again. Male juvenile pacers race in the $102,000 Incredible Finale Championship as the top contenders are stuck on the outside of this full field. Megan Rogers Racing Stables Incorporated's Fox Valley Ren is the one to beat for trainer Nelson Willis. A winner of seven of nine starts this year, he has good early speed and has shown past ability to overcome the outside draw. Kyle Wilfong remains in the bike. One slot to Fox Valley Ren's outside is He'zzz A Wise Sky from the barn of Don Filomeno. Getting a later start to his season, He'zzz A Wise Sky has been ultra-impressive, winning four straight races coming into this final. The most competitive race of the evening looks to be the $109,000 Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial Championship. Three horses have traded punches for supremacy at this level led by Maximus, from the barn of Ken Rucker. The seven-time winner on the year was third in the final at the Illinois State Fair and was game in victory in the final leg of the Carey leading into tonight's race. Trainer Erv Miller sends out Meyer on Fire, who got the best of Maximus at the Illinois State Fair. With four wins on the year, Meyer on Fire has hit the board in 10 of 12 starts this season. Fox Valley Triton races for Terry Leonard. The runner-up at the State Fair and in the most recent leg of the Carey, he has hit the board in 12 of 14 this season. $100,000 is on the line in the Plum Peachy Championship for three-year-old filly pacers. A pair that has battled throughout the season meet up again as Fox Valley Torrid and Perch look to settle who is best in this class. Fox Valley Torrid races for Sox Valley Standardbreds and trainer Rodney Freese. A winner of seven of 15 starts on the year, he has won three of his last four entering this final. Casey Leonard drives. Perch has been on the wrong end of the battle with Fox Valley Torrid recently, but did get the best of her in winning the final at the Illinois State Fair in August. She has won six of 15 starts this year for trainer Jay Garrels as regular driver Kyle Wilfong returns to drive. The Night of Champions closes out with a full field of aged female pacers in the $45,000 Tony Maurello Championship. Trainer Dirk Simpson sends out Fox Valley Charm who comes off a victory in the elimination last week. Whiskersonkittens won the second elimination last week as trainer Kim Roth looks to have her in fine form leading into this final. Driver Luke Plano has been a good fit for her in recent starts. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course

STICKNEY, IL - Records are made to be broken. When it's your own record, it makes things a little bittersweet. When you do it on back to back nights, that makes it a whole lot of fun. That was the story for harness racing driver Casey Leonard this past weekend at Hawthorne as he put together consecutive nights winning eight races at Hawthorne. On Friday evening the eight wins came in a mixed bag for Leonard over the course of the rescheduled 25 race card from the cancelled DuQuoin Fair. Leonard's first win came in the sixth non-wagering event when he guided Skippymalou (1:59.1) to the win in the County Fair Challenge. In the following non-wagering race, Leonard and Talk About Valor (1:57.4) trotted home to the second victory of the day. Casey kicked off the Friday pari-mutuel card with another County Fair Challenge win, this time with Ole Swamp Master (1:54.2). After missing by a nose in the night's second race with Char N Marg and a head in the eighth race with Yankee Bounty, Casey would get his fourth win of the day in race 10, guiding Lous Abigail (1:59.4) to a victory in the $27,250 Shawnee. Another stakes score came in the following event as Fox Valley Torrid (1:56.3) was triumphant in the $27,250 Time Dancer. Casey made it three straight stakes scores as he drove home Fox Valley Quest (1:58.2) in the $27,250 Darn Safe. He would close out the big Friday night with two more stakes scores, driving Fox Valley Triton (1:56.0) to the win in the $27,250 Dudley Hanover and Lousraptor (1:57.4) in the $27,250 Pronto Don. While those eight wins on Friday was an exceptional night over the course of the 25 races contested, it was nothing for Casey Leonard as he outdid himself on Saturday. It only took a 15 race Saturday card for Leonard to equal his eight win record, this time doing it all during the pari-mutuel card, a Hawthorne record. The night started slowly for Leonard, missing the board in the first two races of the evening before finishing second in the night's third event. After that, Leonard caught fire. He won six straight races as Impressive Trick (1:55.3), Some Nobody (1:55.2), Rockin N Runnin (1:52.3), Fox Valley Gemini (1:51.0), DJ Lance (1:52.3), and Impressive Cowboy (1:55.1) comprised the six win streak. After missing the board in the tenth race, Parklane Official (1:52.2) won race 11 to make it a seven win night. Leonard closed out the night with his Hawthorne record eighth victory on the card as Tappin Outamessage was victorious in the finale. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course

STICKNEY, IL - Night of Champions at Hawthorne doesn't culminate until the final week of September, but the harness racing action kicks off early as this past weekend saw the first legs in numerous categories for the top Illinois-bred horses. Friday evening had the first Night of Champions event as Leg one of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for three-year-old male pacers highlighted the evening. A field of 11 lined up, led by 2018 champ Meyer on Fire for owner Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trainer Erv Miller. Sent away as the favorite was Maximus, with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Leaving for the lead was Coming Up along the inside as he was challenged early by Maximus through a quarter in :29.2. On the backside, Maximus assumed command before facing a fresh challenge by Meyer on Fire and Tim Curtin. After a half in :58, Meyer on Fire took over in the turn, pushed now by The Bucket. Meyer on Fire passed three quarters in 1:25.4 and led the field into the lane. Opening up, Meyer on Fire drew clear under the wire, winning in 1:53.1. Maximus came back for second while Coming Up held third. Saturday night saw a field of 11 Illinois-bred three-year-old filly pacers in the first leg of the Plum Peachy. Sent away as the favorite was Fox Valley Torrid with Casey Leonard driving. At the start, third choice Valar Morghulis was fastest to the front, clearing the lead while passing the quarter in :28.3. Making a quick move on the backstretch was the favorite as Fox Valley Torrid moved to the lead, followed by second-choice Perch. Through the half in :57.1, Fox Valley Torrid led the field into the turn as Perch ranged up to her outside. Hitting three-quarters together in 1:25.1, the duo turned into the lane. In the stretch, Kyle Wilfong urged Perch to the front as she opened a brief gap on Fox Valley Torrid. Nearing the wire, Fox Valley Torrid fought back, coming up just a head short behind Perch in 1:53.3. Valar Morghulis was moved to third after a disqualification of Fox Valley Lolo. Perch is owned by Del Insko Training Stable, Inc., Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by Jay Garrels. On Sunday evening trotters were in the spotlight with two divisions of leg one of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot to go along with the first leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial trot. The Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot is for Illinois-bred, three-year-old colts and geldings. Race three on Sunday was the first division as Lousraptor was sent away favored with Casey Leonard driving. After a recall, Trixie's Turbo was sent to the front, covering the opening quarter in :29.3 and backing down the half in 1:00.1. Moving into the turn, Trixie's Turbo maintained his lead as Lousraptor closed the margin to a length through three quarters in 1:31.0. In the stretch, Lousraptor took over, opening up quickly to win by three-lengths in 1:58.1. Frontier Manard rallied to get up for second while Trixie's Turbo held third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg. In the second division of the Erwin F. Dygert, another trotter owned in partnership by Flacco Family Farms LLC, along with Dr. Patrick Graham, was sent away favored as Louscardamon led the field of six. In a race that had a lot of movement, longshot Super Betcha led through the opening quarter in :30.1. On the backstretch, second choice For Trots Sakes assumed command, passing the half in 1:00.2 and three quarters in 1:30.1. Into the lane, Louscardamon was on the move, quickly going from last to first and grabbing an open length lead by mid-stretch. At the wire, Kyle Husted guided Louscardamon well clear, winning by two-lengths in 1:58.4. Longshots finished second and third as Big Garcia Vega got up for second while Super Betcha held third. Louscardamon is trained by Steve Searle. The ladies were featured in race six Sunday as the Beulah Dygert Memorial for Illinois-bred three-year-old filly trotters has a field of nine. Favored was another from the Steve Searle stable for owners Flacco Family Farms LLC as Louzotic was sent away as the 3-5 choice with Kyle Husted driving. At the start, Puddin Cheeks got away quickly, covering the opening quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch, Husted wasted no time getting Louzotic to the front as she took over through the half in :57.4. Opening up the lead on the turn, Louzotic led the field through three quarters in 1:26.3 as Heidi High chased her into the lane. Kept to task, Louzotic drew clear, winning by five lengths in 1:55.2. Heidi High held second while Fox Valley Elicit was third. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.   Jim Miller

STICKNEY, IL - Over $1.1 million in purse money will be on the line Saturday night at Hawthorne as Night of Champions will take place. Eleven stakes finals for Illinois-breds will highlight the card and will be joined by a pair of tough invite races to compile the 13 race program. In addition to the races, top drivers in Illinois racing history will be on hand for an autograph session from 7:30 - 8:30 PM on the first floor of the grandstand. Food trucks and the outdoor barbeque will serve food as fans can get up close and personal with all of the racing action. Here is a preview of the 13 race card: Race 1 - $136,142 Incredible Finale Championship - 2yo Colt & Gelding Pacers Illinois-bred juvenile pacers kick off the action as a full field lines up. Two horses have been standouts at this level throughout the summer as Meyer on Fire and The Bucket look to battle to the finish. Meyer on Fire comes from the barn of trainer Erv Miller for owner Engel Stable of Illinois LLC as he rides a four race win streak into this final. He got the best of The Bucket last week, winning leg four of this event by three lengths and will look to get the jump again tonight. Mike Oosting drives Meyer on Fire on Saturday. The Bucket races for owners Ken Rucker and George Dremonas as he has won seven times on the year and finished in the money in all ten starts. He was parked without cover in last week's final leg but may look to take the race to Meyer on Fire earlier on Saturday night. Casey Leonard will be in the bike once again for trainer Terry Leonard. Race 2 - $45,000 Plesac Championship - 3yo & up Trotters Illinois-bred aged trotters take to the track as the top female trotter in the state looks to beat the boys. Annas Lucky Star will start from the outside for owner Danny Graham and trainer Nelson Willis. A winner of half of her 16 starts on the year, Annas Lucky Star controlled the pace for driver Kyle Wilfong from the rail in last week's prep but may have to work out a trip from the eight-hole on Saturday. Picky Picky Valor has been equally impressive this year for owner Shelley Steele and trainer Gerald Hansen. With eight victories and 20 top three finishes from 22 starts, Picky Picky Valor and driver Casey Leonard will look to turn the tables on Annas Lucky Star from his second-place finish to her last week. Race 3 - $132,874 Incredible Tillie Championship - 2yo Filly Pacers Juvenile Pacers match up in one of the more wide open divisions of the Night of Champions card. Fox Valley Torrid looks to benefit from the inside draw as she was narrowly defeated last week after winning four consecutive races prior to that start. Owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Rodney Freese, Fox Valley Torrid has shown versatility as she may look to rate close from the inside post on Saturday. Casey Leonard drives. Perch got off to a bit of a later start this summer but has been sharp, winning half of her eight starts and finishing in the top three in all of her races. She is familiar with outside draws, closing strongly from the back in championship races from the outside in both Springfield and DuQuoin. Jay Garrels trains Perch. Race 4 - $119,470 Kadabra Championship - 2yo Colt & Gelding Trotters The Kadabra became a very interesting race after the Monday draw as the top two contenders both drew in the outer half of the field. A winner of the last two legs of this race, Trixie's Turbo drew the ten-hole Saturday for owner Charles Doehring, trainer Jared Finn and driver J D Finn. A winner of six of nine on the year, Trixie's Turbo is normally committed to the front end early but showed some versatility in an elimination victory from off the pace in Springfield. Louscardamon starts in post seven as he has speed but has battled staying on stride throughout the summer. Racing for the partnership of Flacco Family Farms LLC and Dr. Patrick Graham for trainer Steve Searle, Louscardamon has shown flashes of brilliance, winning five of his eight starts. He broke stride just after the start last week though, leaving some questions going into the Saturday final. Mike Oosting will be in the bike behind Louscardamon. Race 5 - $45,000 Tony Maurello Championship - 3yo & up Filly & Mare Pacers The Maurello final brings forth one of the most consistent older pacers of the summer to face off against another that may be peaking at the right time. Bucklegirl Bobette has been very good throughout the summer, winning nine of 21 races and taking on tough open company pacers at Hawthorne throughout the summer. Coming from the barn of trainer Rob Rittof, Travis Seekman will likely have her in her familiar front-end position early. A pacer with the opposite racing style, Fancy Creek Jolene will be hoping for a quick and contested pace upfront early for her to close into late. Trained by Kim Hamilton, Fancy Creek Jolene and driver Bobby Smolin teamed up mid-August, winning three races in just over a month, including a score in last week's elimination. Normally one to come from off the pace, she could be the horse that is hitting her stride at the right time. Race 6 - $122,504 Fox Valley Flan Championship - 2yo Filly Trotters Multiple horses vie for the title of top female juvenile trotter in the state as half of this field can make a strong case that they are best. Louzotic looks to benefit from the inside draw for owner Flacco Family Farms and trainer Steve Searle as she has won six of ten starts on the year, along with winning her division of the last two legs of this race. E L Game On has finished in the top three in 10 of 11 races this summer, closing as the runner-up to Louzotic in her last two starts. Donald and Sharri Huddleston own for trainer Mike Rogers. The winningest juvenile trotter in North America starts right next to E L Game On as Loussolataire looks for her 17th victory of the year for owner Steven Renard. Also trained by Steve Searle, Loussolataire snuck through along the inside late to score in the final leg of this race last week. Puddin Cheeks has early speed and has been a bit of a later bloomer this summer. Racing for trainer Jared Finn, Puddin Cheeks was a strong winner in leg three of this series and just missed to Loussolataire here last week. Encantado will have to work out a trip from her outside draw as she races for trainer Jim Eaton. A winner of four of seven on the year, she has shown she can close late and looks to get a heated pace ahead of her early on Saturday. Race 7 - $45,000 Robert S. Molaro Championship - 3yo & up Pacers Aged pacers line up Saturday as Unlocked leads this field off a game victory in last week's elimination. Owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables Inc. and trained by Norm Parker, Unlocked has made only five starts in 2018. After a bit of a slow start to the year, the seven-year-old gelding put together a good pair of qualifiers at the Meadows before shipping into Hawthorne last week. Driven by Jim Pantaleano, Unlocked got a perfect tracking trip and was able to draw clear at the wire. With 32 victories from 100 career starts for over half a million in earnings, Unlocked will be the likely favorite again on Saturday. Race 8 - $99,032 Beulah Dygert Memorial Championship - 3yo Filly Trotters Trainer Steve Searle has a bunch of live trotters on the Night of Champions card as he sends out Trotting Grace in this final. After a good two-year-old campaign in 2017, she got off to a bit of a slow start in 2018. Things have turned around at the right time for her for owners Mystical Marker Farms LLC, Bill Wright and Steve Searle as she has won five of her last six races coming into this final. Regular driver Kyle Husted will be back in the bike once again. Just to Trotting Grace's inside may be her toughest competition, coming from Maui Mama. Also owned by Bill Wright, Maui Mama is trained by Mike Brink and gets Casey Leonard in the bike. She has found the board in all nine of her races in 2018, but has finished behind Trotting Grace in each of her last four races. Race 9 - $25,000 Invitational Trot The first of two full field invitational races on the Night of Champions card pits a strong field of trotters, coming together from five different locations. With nearly $700,000 in career earnings, Satin Dancer draws well in the middle of this field for owner Summit Pacing Acres LLC and trainer Byron Hooley. A winner three times on the year, Satin Dancer has been competitive in open races at Pocono, The Meadowlands, and Yonkers. Swan Chase draws the far outside, but comes into the invite hitting the board 12 times from 14 starts on the year. He comes in off a strong string of races at Hoosier Park into this spot and has shown an ability to close with a rush late. Swan Chase is owned by John Barnard for trainer Bill Crone. Race 10 - $25,000 Invitational Pace A very fast field of pacers will look to go sub-1:50 as trainer Ron Burke sends out Dancin Yankee on Saturday. With over $1.8 million in career earnings, Dancin Yankee has won nine times on the year for over $160,000 in earnings. A versatile pacer in style, Dancin Yankee looks to go favored in this tough field. New Talent comes in off back to back sub 1:49 miles at Hoosier as he will look to overcome the far outside draw. Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher and trained by Tim Clevenger, New Talent returned off a tough trip in the Dan Patch at Hoosier to come back with a seven-length triumph in 1:48.3 in his next start. Race 11 - $160,080 Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial Championship - 3yo Colt & Gelding Pacers Reigning 2017 Illinois-bred Horse of the Year Fox Valley Gemini looks to continue his string of undefeated races over the Hawthorne track as he leads this talented field. With 17 victories at Hawthorne, Fox Valley Gemini made amends after facing his first two career defeats in Springfield at the Illinois State Fair this summer. He returned to Hawthorne and qualified with the addition of Lasix and then proceeded to destroy a field by over seven lengths in the final leg of this series. Casey Leonard drives for trainer Terry Leonard and owner Jim Ballinger. You'remyhearthrob is the one that snapped Fox Valley Gemini's streak in Springfield, when he scored in driver Kyle Wilfong's 1,000 career driving victory. Trained by Brett Wilfong, You'remyhearthrob has finished in the top three in all 14 starts this season, including a strong victory in his division of the final leg of this race last week. Race 12 - $125,140 Plum Peachy Championship - 3yo Filly Pacers Allbeastnobeauty headlines the field in the Plum Peachy final as she enters this race with eight victories from 14 starts on the year. Owned in partnership by trainer Mike Brink, Josh Carter, Mark Brown, and Lawrence Crawford, Allbeastnobeauty was game in victory in four straight races before finishing third in the final leg of this series. Her versatility should put her close to the pace as she will look to take over late for driver Mike Oosting. A champion in 2017, Fox Valley Jazzy will be looking to get the jump on Allbeastnobeauty as she draws inside of her on Saturday night. After winning eight of 13 races in 2017, she has scored just twice from eleven 2018 starts, but has finished in the top three nine times. She races on Saturday for owner Cathy Finn-Kanitz and trainer Dale Kanitz as Ridge Warren drives. Race 13 - $83,696 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Championship - 3yo Colt & Gelding Trotters The final race on the Night of Champions card looks to be very competitive as Majistic Caprice and Illinimight lead this field of ten. Illinimight races for owners Keith and Kevin Miller and trainer Mike Brink as he looks to follow the same pattern that was successful for him in 2017. After a slow start last year, he peaked late, racing well in the final month of the meet. He has had a similar season this year, posting wins in three of his last four races, including a strong score in the final leg of this series last week. Casey Leonard drives. Majistic Caprice has won half of his 18 starts on the year as he draws in the middle of this field. A horse with versatility, he finished fourth behind Illinimight last week, but also had to overcome an outside draw. Majistic Caprice races on Saturday for trainer Roshun Trigg. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course

STICKNEY, IL - On Friday night at Hawthorne the females were the focus as the boys took their turn to shine Saturday at Hawthorne. Leg three action was featured for juvenile pacers and trotters. Two divisions of the Incredible Finale took place for two-year-old pacers along with a pair of divisions for the trotters in the Kadabra. Race three was the first division of the Incredible Finale as a field of eight was led by heavily favored The Bucket with Casey Leonard driving. Leaving for the lead were multiple horses as Ryan Racketeer was able to hold his inside position through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, Mike Oosting guided Sporty McGrew to a brief lead but The Bucket was quick to move behind him, passing the half with the lead in :58.1. On the turn, The Bucket opened up a three length advantage as he cruised through three quarters in 1:28.1. In the lane, Sporty McGrew tipped out and tried hard as Leonard kept The Bucket to task. Nearing the wire, longshot Fox Valley Julius found late life, but The Bucket was able to hold on to win by a length. Fox Valley Julius was second while Sporty McGrew finished third. The final time for the mile was 1:57.0. The Bucket is owned by Ken Rucker and George Dremonas and trained by Terry Leonard. Race four was the first division of the Kadabra as a field of eight lined up. For Trots Sakes was favored with Mike Oosting driving. Making the early lead was Trixie's Turbo as he opened up a lead through the quarter in :30.1. Guided by J D Finn through the half in 1:02.1, Trixie's Turbo faced a challenge by Foxvalleysrushhour. After three quarters in 1:32.4, Trixie's Turbo and Foxvalleysrushhour battled through the stretch drive as Trixie's Turbo prevailed. Foxvalleysrushhour was second while Lous Endeavor closed to finish third. The final time for the mile was 2:01.3. Trixie's Turbo is owned by Charles Doehring and trained by Jared Finn. Race five was the second division of the Incredible Finale as Meyer on Fire was the heavy favorite with Mike Oosting in the bike. Hustled away was longshot Cooter Luke as he was pressed by Coming Up through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, the favorite was on the move as Meyer on Fire passed the half in 1:00.1. On the turn, Maximus ranged up to challenge Meyer on Fire as the duo hit three quarters in 1:29.4. In the lane, the battle ensued as Maximus tried hard but Meyer on Fire was too much for him. Meyer on Fire won by a length in 1:57.2. Maximus finished second, followed by Cooter Luke. Meyer on Fire is owned by Engel Stable of IL, LLC and trained by Erv Miller. The second division of the Kadabra went as race six on Saturday evening with Loscardamon sent away favored for Mike Oosting. Louscardamon was able to clear the lead, passing the quarter in :31.2. On the backside, Crackerjack Bill ranged up to challenge, clearing the lead but only briefly as Louscardamon regained the lead through a half in 1:03.1. On the turn, Fox Valley Cruise ranged up to challenge Louscardamon as they passed three quarters in 1:33.3. Roused in the lane by Oosting, Louscardamon opened up to win by six lengths in 2:01.4. Big Garcia Vega closed to finish second while Frontier Manard got up for third. Louscardamon is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Steve Searle. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - In a meet that he has dominated since the start of the summer, leading driver Casey Leonard had a big night on Sunday night. Entering the evening with a lead in the driver standings of nearly 100 victories, Leonard opened the night winning with Shooting Cool (1:54.4) for trainer William Crone in race one. He capped off the double as he guided home Girls Girls Girls (1:54.) in the second for Rick Schulze. Race three saw Leonard right back in the winner's circle as The Bucket (1:56.2) held on for trainer Terry Leonard. In race four, Leonard would finish third with the late closing Triple Lane Melody. After missing the board in race five with Fox Valley B Gump, Leonard was right back on top as he guided Big Garcia Vega (2:00.0) to the score for Roshun Trigg in race six. Race seven saw Leonard control the pace with Finleys Filly (1:55.3) for trainer Terry Leonard. After missing the board in race eight with Wishin Iwas Rich, Leonard was right back into the winner's circle, driving Fox Valley Torrid to the victory in the ninth. After a costly break from Fox Valley Mojito in race ten, Ideal's Nicole finished fifth in the finale. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim MIller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - Friday night at Hawthorne saw the return of reigning Illinois-bred Horse of the Year as Fox Valley Gemini took to the track in leg three action of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial. The Carey is for Illinois-bred, three-year-old colt and gelding pacers as each division went for $15,000. Race eight was the first division of the Carey as Fox Valley Gemini was sent away as the heavy 2-5 favorite with Casey Leonard in the bike. Leaving for the lead between horses was Backstreet Lawyer, but You'remyhearthrob moved up from the far outside to challenge through the quarter in :27.3. After a half in :55.1, You'remyhearthrob led the field into the far turn while Fox Valley Gemini settled in fourth. Through three quarters in 1:24.0, You'remyhearthrob held a length advantage into the lane as both Backstreet Lawyer and Dandy Dude tipped out to challenge. Mid-stretch, Backstreet Lawyer grabbed a brief lead, but Leonard swung Fox Valley Gemini four wide as he rallied to win by a length and a quarter in 1:52.0. Backstreet Lawyer finished second while You'remyhearthrob battled back to finish third. Fox Valley Gemini has now won sixteen straight races to open his career for owner Jim Ballinger and trainer Terry Leonard. Race ten was the second division of the Carey as a full field of ten lined up behind the starting car. Sent away as the even money favorite was Frontier Frank. Clearing the lead early was Frontier Frank as he was chased by Al's Briefs through the opening quarter in :27.4 and the half in :55.4. On the turn, Al's Briefs and Travis Seekman moved quickly to take over through three quarters in 1:24.0. Into the lane, Al's Briefs opened up a three length advantage as the field began to move behind him. All out to the wire, Al's Briefs just held off the late move of Cool Casper and M T Gunslinger. The final time for the mile was 1:52.4. The stewards reviewed the actions of second-place finisher Cool Casper and disqualified him for interference in the stretch, placing him ninth. The disqualification moved M T Gunslinger to second and moved longshot Herecomesmagotta up to third. Al's Briefs is owned by Anthony Somone, David McCaffrey, and trainer Clark Fairley. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - Saturday evening at Hawthorne saw a pair of divisions in leg two of the Incredible Finale. The Incredible Finale is for Illinois-bred two-year-old colt and gelding pacers as the pair of races were contested over a fast track. Race three was the first division of the Incredible Finale as Meyer On Fire and The Bucket battled for off time favoritism. Sent away as the favorite was The Bucket with Casey Leonard driving. Making the early lead was Meyer on Fire as he cruised through the opening quarter in :30.2. Chased by longshot Coming Up through a half in :59.1, Meyer on Fire maintained his lead while The Bucket was well positioned in third. Opening up a three length lead through three quarters in 1:28.3, Meyer on Fire led the field into the lane as The Bucket started to move. Mid-stretch, The Bucket moved alongside Meyer on Fire as Meyer on Fire broke stride and dropped back. At the wire, The Bucket was six lengths clear, winning in 1:57.2. Coming Up held second while Meyer on Fire got back on stride, finishing third. The Bucket is owned by George Dremonas, along with trainer Ken Rucker. Race five was the second division of the Incredible Finale as a competitive field of seven was led by favorite Maximus as Casey Leonard and Ken Rucker looked to sweep both divisions. Leaving quickly was Holden Steady, passing the opening quarter in :29.2. On the backside, Fox Valley Julius moved quickly to take over, passing the half in :59.0. After three quarters in 1:28.3, Fox Valley Julius held a three length lead into the lane. Mid-stretch, both Voila and Maximus tipped out and went after the leader as Maximus was closing fastest of all, winning in 1:57.2. Voila finished second while Fox Valley Julius held third. Maximus is owned by The Panhellenic Stable Corporation and Ken Rucker. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim MIller for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - Thursday evening at Hawthorne featured leg on action in two divisions of the Kadabra stakes and Fox Valley Flan stakes. The Kadabra is for Illinois-bred, two-year-old colt and gelding trotters while the Fox Valley Flan is for state-bred two-year-old filly trotters. Race one was the first division of the Kadabra as Fox Valley Picaso entered as a heavy favorite off his easy victory in the Cardinal two weeks ago. Breaking before the start was Rusty Red Valor as the favorite cleared the lead, passing the opening quarter in :29.3. On the backstretch, Crackerjack Bill moved to challenge, but Casey Leonard and Fox Valley Picaso didn't allow that to last for long as they moved back to the front prior to the half in 1:01.0. After three-quarters in 1:32.3, Fox Valley Picaso was given a little urging and responded nicely, opening up to win clearly. The final time for the mile was 2:02.2. 25-1 shot Frontier Manard closed to finish second while Crackerjack Bill held third. Fox Valley Picaso is owned by Todd John and trained by Herman Wheeler. Race two was the first division of the Fox Valley Flan series as Lous Mistress was scratched, leaving a field of six, led by favorite Heidi High for owner, trainer, and driver Charles Arthur. Breaking prior to the start was second choice Puddin Cheeks, leaving favored Heidi High to make the lead through the quarter in :30.0. After a half in 1:00.2, Heidi High maintained her lead into the far turn. Slowing things down to 1:31.2 through three quarters, Heidi High was clear into the lane, but E L Game On and driver Kyle Wilfong started to move. Late in the lane, E L Game On caught Heidi High, winning in 2:01.0. Heidi High held second while longshot Lou Scion Lou finished third. E L Game On is owned by Donald and Sharri Huddleston and trained by Michael Rogers. The third race on the Thursday card was the second division of the Kadabra stakes with Prince Cassis the favorite for driver Casey Leonard. Gaining the early advantage was Prince Cassis as he rolled through the opening quarter in :31.4. Recognizing the slow pace was Kyle Husted and Foxvalleysrushhour, passing the half in 1:04.0. After three quarters in 1:34.4, Foxvalleysrushhour led the field into the stretch, with Prince Cassis and Trixie's Turbo both on the move. The trio was within a length of one another mid-stretch, with Trixie's Turbo moving the best of all, emerging on top of Foxvalleysrushhour and Prince Cassis. The final time for the mile was 2:03.2. Trixie's Turbo is owned by Charles Doehring and trained by Heather Stell. Race four was the second division of the Fox Valley Flan as a field of seven was led by Encanrado and driver Kyle Husted. Leaving for the lead was Friday I'm In Love as she passed the opening quarter in 2:01.3. After a half in 1:02.2, Friday I'm In Love led the field into the turn as Encantado and Louzotic were on the move. Taking over through three quarters in 1:32.4 was the favorite with Louzotic chasing into the stretch. Holding on at the wire was Encantado in 2:01.3. Louzotic finished second while Loussolataire was third. Encatado is owned by the partnership of Langley, Schwarz, Jr., and trainer Jim Eaton. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course

STICKNEY, IL - As leg two action in the Night of Champions races continued on Sunday at Hawthorne, Illinois-bred three-year-old pacers and trotters were the focus in the Robert F. Carey Memorial and the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot. Three divisions of the Carey took place Sunday, kicking off in the fourth race. A field of nine lined up as You'remyhearthrob was the 4-5 favorite with Kyle Wilfong driving. Leaving quickly from the gate was the favorite as he opened up a four-length advantage through the opening quarter in :27.3. Maintaining his lead through the half in a snappy :55.4, You'remyhearthrob was well clear into the turn as Frontier Frank chased. Passing three quarters in 1:23.3, the advantage remained four lengths into the stretch. Unchallenged to the wire,You'remyhearthrob won by three and a half lengths in 1:51.4. Frontier Frank held second while M T Gunslinger was third. You'remyhearthrob is trained by Brett Wilfong. Race five was the second division of the Carey as another heavy favorite led the field of ten with Backstreet Lawyer sent away as the 2-5 choice for driver Michael Oosting. Making the lead was longshot Special Sauce as he was chased through the opening quarter by Shark Flipper in :27.4. The top two remained in place through the half in :56.3 as the favorite was on the move from fourth. Pushed along through three quarters in 1:25.4, Special Sauce led the field into the stretch. Mid-stretch, Backstreet Lawyer uncorked a strong rally, rolling past to win by two lengths in 1:53.3. Following the favorite with a late move was Fox Valley Hijinx to finish second while Yougotitfiguredout closed to finish third. Backstreet Lawyer is trained by Tom Simmons. Race six saw the return of the reigning Illinois champion as the undefeated Fox Valley Gemini was in search of his fourteenth straight victory to open his career. Sent away as the 1-9 choice, Fox Valley Gemini got away well for driver Casey Leonard, tucking in behind early leader Dandy Dude through the quarter in :28.1. The favorite wasted little time, moving to the front past the half in :57.2. Chased into the turn by Dandy Dude, Fox Valley Gemini was a length on top after three quarters in 1:26.3. Roused into the lane, Fox Valley Gemini opened up, winning easily by three lengths in 1:53.2. Dandy Dude was a clear second while Song Cycle Senese closed to finish third. Fox Valley Gemini is trained by Terry Leonard. The eighth race on the Sunday card featured trotters, with a field of 11 lining up in the second leg of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial. Majistic Caprice was the favorite with Tyler Shehan driving for trainer Roshun Trigg. The favorite wasted no time getting to the front as he led the field through the opening quarter in :30.3. On the backstretch, True Detective took over and was followed by Vic's Pizza as True Detective passed the half in :59.3. After three quarters in 1:29.4, True Detective was the leader into the lane as Illinimight and Majistic Caprice started to move. Mid-stretch, Vic's Pizza broke stride and dropped out as Majistic Carpice and Illinimight rallied. At the wire it was Majistic Caprice on top, winning by a length in 1:57.4. Illinimight finished second while True Detective held third. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - Illinois-bred juveniles were the focus during the weekend at Hawthorne as action continued in the different divisions of the Cardinal and Violet stakes. On Saturday evening, Illinois-bred two-year-old filly pacers were the focus in two divisions of the Violet. Each race went for $29,925 as six lined up behind the starting car in both divisions. Race two was the first division as favorite Foolishlittlegirl debuted for trainer Dirk Simpson and driver Casey Leonard off a pair of sharp qualifiers at the Meadows. Leaving for the lead in the race was longshot Grace Ann, passing the opening quarter in :31.0. On the backside, second-choice Yankee Joanie and driver Ryan Anderson moved to the front, covering the half in 1:00.2. Stalked by Foolishlittlegirl, Yankee Joanie maintained her lead through three quarters in 1:29.4. In the stretch, Foolishlittlegirl tipped out to challenge, but Yankee Joanie was up to the task, holding on to win by three quarters of a length in 1:57.0. Foolishlittlegirl was second while Grace Ann held on for third. Yankee Joanie is owned by Milton Greer and trained by Herman Wheeler. In the second division of the Violet pace on Saturday night, Fox Valley Halsey was the even money choice for driver Casey Leonard and trainer Nelson Willis. Making the top early was 4-1 third choice Winter Gram, guided by Ridge Warren through a quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.1. Chased through the half by Fox Valley Hotcake, Winter Gram led the field into the turn, while favored Fox Valley Halsey settled in fifth. After three quarters in 1:29.3, Winter Gram turned into the lane a length on top while Fox Valley Halsey began to move from the back of the pack. With Fox Valley Halsey closing quickly, Winter Gram was all out to the wire, holding on to win by a head in 1:58.0. Fox Valley Halsey was second, while Fox Valley Hotcake finished third. Winter Gram is owned by trainer Thomas Graham, Jr. along with Carol Graham. On Sunday evening, trotters were the focus as two divisions of the $30,050 two-year-old Violet took place, along with the $59,900 Cardinal trot. Race two started off the action as a field of eight was led by 4-5 favorite Heidi High for driver/trainer Charles Arthur. Making the top easily was Heidi High, cruising through the opening quarter in :30.0. Passing the half in :59.0, Heidi High held a two-length lead over Notnangel into the far turn, with the rest of the field far back. After three quarters in 1:28.4, Heidi High was clear into the lane as Notnangel faced a challenge from 60-1 shot E L Game On. At the wire, Heidi High was an easy winner, four lengths clear of E L Game On in second. Notnangel was able to hold third. Heidi High is also owned by Charles Arthur. Race three on Sunday was the $59,900 Cardinal for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. A field of eight lined up, led by 1-5 favorite Fox Valley Picaso. Making the top early was 39-1 shot Rusty Red Valor, with the favorite breathing down his neck through the quarter in :31.0. Moving to the top on the backstretch was Fox Valley Picaso, passing the half in 1:02.1. On the turn, Fox Valley Picaso remained clear for driver Casey Leonard as Foxvalleysrushhour joined Rusty Red Valor in the chase through three quarters in 1:32.0. Roused in the stretch, Fox Valley Picaso drew clear, winning easily in 2:01.2. Rusty Red Valor was able to hold second while Foxvalleysrushhour finished third. Fox Valley Picaso is owned by Todd John and trained by Herman Wheeler. Race four was the second division of the Violet with a field of nine, led by Lous Mistress with Casey Leonard driving. Leaving for the lead was 3-2 second choice Puddin Cheeks as the favorite broke stride and dropped back. Passing the quarter in :30.2, Puddin Cheeks led the field onto the backstretch, chased by Ivanka and Encantado. Nearing the half, Puddin Cheeks broke stride, as Encantado took over, passing the half in 1:00.1. After three quarters in 1:29.2, Encantado faced a challenge from Friday I'm In Love. These two drew clear from the field in the lane, with Encantado holding on at the wire in 1:59.3. Friday I'm In Love finished second while Loussolataire was third. Encantado was driven by Kyle Husted, is trained by Jim Eaton and owned in partnership by Eaton, Langley, and Schwartz. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim MIller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

STICKNEY, IL - Friday night at Hawthorne featured a pair of divisions of the Cardinal pace for Illinois Conceived and Foaled three-year-old colts and geldings. The first division went with a field of ten while the second had nine, after the scratch of Heza Real Shooter. Leading the way in the first division of the $27,100 Cardinal was undefeated Fox Valley Gemini as he looked to win his thirteenth consecutive race to open his career. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite with Casey Leonard in the bike, Fox Valley Gemini got away in good order as Dandy Dude was sent away to the lead. After the quarter, You'remyhearthrob held the lead in :28.2 and looked to open up on the backside through the half in :56.4. On the turn, Fox Valley Gemini was unleashed and went after the leader, getting within a length through three quarters in 1:24.4. In the lane, Fox Valley Gemini took command and drew off. At the wire, Fox Valley Gemini was three lengths clear of Dandy Dude, while You'remyhearthrob held third. The final time for the mile was 1:52.3. Fox Valley Gemini is owned by Jim Ballinger and trained by Terry Leonard. In the second division of the Cardinal, Backstreet Lawyer was sent away as the favorite with Kyle Wilfong driving. Making the early lead was Molina as Sports Analyst was sent after him before breaking stride through the quarter in :29.0. After a half in :58.1, Molina maintained his lead into the far turn. Through three quarters in 1:26.2, Molina led the field into the lane. Mid-stretch, Al's Briefs and driver Travis Seekman went after the leader and took over. At the wire, Al's Briefs held off the late moves of Backstreet Lawyer and Fox Valley Hijinx, winning by a length in 1:54.1. Al's Briefs is owned by Anthony Somone, David McCaffrey, and Clark Fairley and trained by Clark Fairley. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Raceway  

STICKNEY, IL - On a warm Saturday evening at Hawthorne, leg one series action for Night of Champions races continued as two divisions of the Plum Peachy Series were contested. The Plum Peachy is for Illinois Conceived or Foaled three-year-old filly pacers. The first division of the Plum Peachy went as the sixth race on the Saturday card as the two favorites, even money Fox Valley Jazzy and 7-5 shot Allbeastnobeauty hooked up. Carving out the fractions of :28.4, :58.0, and 1:26 was Fox Valley Jazzy as Ridge Warren guided her to a two length lead to the top of the stretch. Stalking throughout was Tim Curtin and Allbeastnobeauty as she chased the entire way. Mid-stretch, the two were heads apart and at the wire Allbeastnobeauty drew clear, winning by two lengths in 1:53.3. Fox Valley Jazzy was a clear second while JB's Shooting Star finished third. Allbeastnobeauty is owned by the partnership of trainer Mike Brink and owners Carter, Brown, and Crawford. The second division of the Plum Peachy went as the evening's tenth race with a full field of ten. Again it was the two favorites hooking up on the front as 6-5 favorite Rollin Coal and 8-5 second choice The New Americana were left to battle things out. Rollin Coal and driver Casey Leonard were quick to get away from post eight, clearing the lead through the opening quarter in :29.0. After a half in :59.4, Rollin Coal maintained her lead over The New Americana into the second turn. After three quarters in 1:27.4, Rollin Coal was asked for more into the lane and responded, holding The New Americana at an arm's length, winning by one and three quarters lengths at the wire. The final time for Rollin Coal's mile was 1:54.2. The New Americana was a clear second while 54-1 shot Frontier Ginger battled on to finish third. Rollin Coal is owned and trained by Hosea Williams 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course

Stickney, IL - Leg one action of the Night of Champions series kicked off on Friday night at Hawthorne as three divisions of the Robert F. Carey Memorial pace for Illinois Conceived or Foaled three-year-olds were conducted. The highlight of the evening came in the final division of the Carey as last year's Illinois Champion Fox Valley Gemini took to the track in search of his 12th consecutive victory to open his racing career. He didn't disappoint as Casey Leonard guided him home to a five and a quarter length score in 1:51.4. Trained by Terry Leonard and owned by Jim Ballinger, Fox Valley Gemini was sent off as the 1-9 choice in the field of nine and settled well off the early pace which was set by Heza Real Shooter through the opening quarter in :28.0 and Talk About It after a half in :55.4. On the move in the turn, Fox Valley Gemini was picking off horses, but was still in fourth through three quarters in 1:24.0. In the blink of an eye, Fox Valley Gemini took over in the stretch and won in hand. Sagebrush Shocker closed to finish second while Yougotitfiguredout was third. In the first division of the Carey Memorial, a battle ensued between Fox Valley Hijinx, Molina, and Dandy Dude. Those three battled the pace as Dandy Dude cut the mile through fractions of :29.1, :58.2, and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Molina pushed the leader, but it was Kyle Husted and Fox Valley Hijinx who closed fastest of all to get up by a nose on the wire. Molina was a game second while Dandy Dude was a neck back, finishing third. The final time was 1:53.4. Fox Valley Hijinx is trained by Kyle Husted and owned by David Brigham. The second division of the Carey turned out to be the fastest division of the night. Favored was You'remyhearthrob as he was sent to the lead, covering fractions of :28.2, :55.2 and 1:23.1. Leading the field into the stretch, You'remyhearthrob was headed by Backstreet Lawyer and Kyle Husted as Backstreet Lawyer took command. Stopping the clock in a quick 1:50.4, Backstreet Lawyer was a winner by two and a half lengths at the wire. You'remyhearthrob held on for second while Al's Briefs finished third. Backstreet Lawyer is trained by Tom Simmons and owned by Engel Stable of Illinois LLC, J.D. Graham, and Benita Simmons. 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Race Course  

Peter Kouchis, Terry Leonard and Dandy Farms Inc.'s November Rain emerged victorious in Saturday night's $25,000 Tim Wilson Sr. Pace Final at Hawthorne Race Course. The morning line, and post time, favorite took the lead soon after the start and never relinquished it. Trained by Terry Leonard and piloted by Casey Leonard, November Rain settled in behind the early pace of Lacarmeliliana, who cleared from the outside and covered the opening quarter in :29.2. After the field turned onto the backside, November Rain made her move and quickly took command. She passed the half in :58.4 and covered three quarters in 1:27.3 as second-choice Wimple's Dimple gave chase. In the lane, Leonard asked November Rain to go and she responded, extending her lead. November Rain was three lengths clear at the wire, beating her nine rivals easily. C Far, who had won her previous two shots at big prices, raced near the back of the pack early but she started to come on in the stretch. It was, however, too little too late. She did get up for second, three lengths back of the winner. Lacarmeliliana held on for third at 59-1. November Rain returned $4.60, $2.80, and $2.6. C Far came back $4.40 and $3.40 while Lacarmeliliana returned $12.40 to show. The winter harness meet at Hawthorne continues through February 19. Thoroughbred racing resumes at the end of March and continues through April. Summer harness action takes place May through September. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year October through December. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com. Jim Miller  

Illinois-bred three-year-old fillies were the focus at Hawthorne on Friday night in a pair of divisions of the Plum Peachy Stakes. Race one on Friday kicked off the action as a field of seven lined up behind the starter. Leaving for the lead was Boogie on Down as she easily cleared the top through the opening quarter in :28.2. The field remained in line through the backside after a half in :57.4. On the turn, the field bunched up as Princess Sage moved to challenge the leader. After three quarters in 1:26.3, Boogie On Down maintained her lead while Princess Sage challenged. In the lane, Boogie on Down was kept to task by driver Kyle Wilfong and held sway at the wire, winning in 1:54.1. Fox Valley Charliz came up the inside to finish second while Princess Sage finished third. Boogie on Down is owned by Mr. Lynn and Barbara Wilfong, Brett and Candice Wilfong. Race four was the second division of the Plum Peachy as the field of seven was led by favored Lady's Party with Casey Leonard driving. Getting away quickly was Ashlees Cocktail but Lady's Party took over and led through the quarter in :28.2. On the backside, A Real Doozie and Mike Oosting took over, passing the half in :57.3. In the turn, A Real Doozie faced a fresh challenge from My Kind of Dance as the pair passed three quarters in 1:27.0. In the stretch, My Kind of Dance grabbed a brief lead but Lady's Party came back to take over late. At the wire, Lady's Party held on by a length over late closing Fancy Creek Jolene. My Kind of Dance finished third. The final time for the mile was 1:54.3. Lady's Party is owned by Mitchell Titus and Dennis Wright and trained by Terry Leonard. by Jim Miller for Hawthorne Racecourse

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