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STICKNEY, IL - Leg two action for the fillies and boys took place with a pair of divisions in the Beulah Dygert Trot for Illinois-bred three-year-old fillies and Erwin F. Dygert Trot for Illinois-bred three-year-old colts and geldings. Over a fast track for the Thursday opener, a field of six fillies lined up in the first division of the Beulah Dygert as Rocknprincessabbie was the off time favorite. Leaving quickly was Roma Falls as she carved out the opening fractions of :29.1, :59, and 1:29.0 to led the field into the stretch. As the field bunched up mid-stretch, Rocknprincessabbie took over, but late in the lane, driver Kyle Wilfong and More Than Likely split horses to get up late for the victory. The final time for the mile was 1:59.2. Owned by Mr. Lynn Wilfong and trained by Brett Wilfong, More Than Likely paid $6.40, $3.60, and $3.60. Rocknprincessabbie returned $3.00 and $2.40 while Ryleigh Marie got up for third, paying $3.60 to show. Race 3 Thursday was the second division of the Beulah Dygert as six filly trotters matched up. Favored was Vengeful off a second-place effort in leg one. Moving to the lead in the opening quarter was Vengeful in :29.1 for driver Todd Warren. She led the field through a half in :58.4 and three quarters in 1:28.2. Opening up a four length lead in the lane, Vengeful was all out late, but shortened late and was caught by Survivor Di for driver Kyle Husted. Vengeful held second while Powerful Princess finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:57.4 Owned by Steven Renard and trained by Steven Searle, Survivor Di paid $10.60, $3.60, and $2.40. Vengeful returned $2.40 and $2.10 while Powerful Princess paid $2.20 to show. Race four on the Thursday card was the first division of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Trot for three-year-old Illinois-bred colts and geldings. Fear was the heavy favorite at post time. Making the lead early was Mr Strata but he was quickly headed by Fear through the quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch Fear opened a five length lead through the half in :58.2 On the turn, Mr Strata started to close the gap as Fear covered three quarters in 1:28.2. In the lane, Fear was kept to task and drew clear, winning for driver Todd Warren in 1:58. Powerful Father was second at 46-1 while Bands Ariston finished third. Owned by Providence West Inc. and trained by Kenny Collier, Fear returned $2.40, $2.40, and $2.40. Powerful Father paid $12.60 and $8.00 while Bands Ariston paid $9.20 to show. The second division in the Erwin F. Dygert had a field of eight with Hail Caesar the post time favorite. Leading through the quarter was favored Hail Caesar in :30.3. Cruising through the half in 1:01.1, Hail Caesar was challenged by Prime N Powerful into the turn. Turning that bid away through three quarters in 1:30.0, Hail Caesar was strong through the wire for Casey Leonard in 1:59. Primed N Powerful held second while Wrightwood finished third. Owned by H W Wright and trained by Mike Brink, Hail Caesar returned $4.40, $2.60, and $2.10. Primed N Powerful came back $2.40 and $2.20 while Wrightwood paid $2.60 to show. Special Post, Sunday, July 3 On Sunday, July 3, Hawthorne will have a special 14 race card with a first post of 7:00 PM. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Raceway    

STICKNEY, IL - Thursday night at Hawthorne featured the final in the Dygert Trotting Series. The series was for harness racing colts, horses, and geldings that were non-winners of three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The first two legs of the series were dominated by Topville Avatar as he won both legs by daylight. The final would be no different. From the outside, Riet's Kid left early and rushed to the front. Second choice Maple Grove Joe had settled in fourth while the 1-5 favorite, Topville Avatar sat sixth early on. Coming off the turn, Maple Grove Joe tipped three wide to rally up to the lead while Topville Avatar and driver Dale Hiteman quickly moved behind that one. In the final sixteenth, Topville Avatar took command and went on to win in a lifetime best 1:57.2. Maple Grove Joe finished second, All About Cowboys was third. Topville Avatar is owned by Paula Smith and James Runyan and trained by Joel Smith. Jim Miller  

Stickney, IL - Trotters were the focus Thursday at Hawthorne as leg one of the Dygert Trotting Series took place. The Dygert Series is for harness racing colts, horses, and geldings which have not won three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. A field of 11 lined up for the first leg of the Dygert Series. On an evening that produced no front-end winners on the Hawthorne card, that trend held true in the Dygert. Carving out the early fractions was Speedy Rendezvous, leading the field around in :29.3, 1:01, and 1:31.1. Tracking that leader into the stretch was second choice Maple Grove Joe as he moved to contend. Following the trend of the racing evening, driver Dale Hiteman and favorite Topville Avatar waited until turning into the stretch and began their move. The timing was right as a final quarter of 28.1 was good enough to get up for the victory. Maple Grove Joe held second while All About Cowboys closed from last early to finish third. The final time for leg one of the Dygert Trotting Series was 2:00.1. The females will be the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as the first leg of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct Pacing Series kick off. Jim Miller

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