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STICKNEY, IL - The opener at Hawthorne on Thursday night saw a first as trainer Nicole Agosti recorded her first career victory. The 26-year-old Agosti sent out Red Red Redneck for owners David and Adam Brooks to an upset victory in race one as driver Kyle Wilfong was able to squeeze through along the inside late for the score. The win came in career start number six for Agosti as she had previously sent out starters at Hoosier Park, along with Red Red Redneck debuting for her last week at Hawthorne. Coming from a racing background, Agosti's parents worked with Standardbred horses from the time Nicole was very young. The family transitioned to thoroughbreds for a ten year stretch when Nicole was five-years-old before moving back to the Standardbred industry. The Buffalo, New York native is known for her hard working nature as she has worked tirelessly for the Brett Wilfong stable since 2012. At that time she met driver Kyle Wilfong and the two have been together since. Red Red Redneck came to Agosti from trainer David Brooks as she stated, "I've been fortunate to help David on and off over the course of the last year. David wanted to try something different with Red Red Redneck and sent him to me with the hopes that a change of scenery would turn things around for him. Sometimes horses get complacent when they've been in the same spot and routine for a while. Red Red Redneck responded really well tonight and showed a lot of heart." 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 - 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 www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. Jim Miller

STICKNEY, IL - Coming off a night where Fox Valley Gemini won his sixteenth consecutive race to open his career in the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial at Hawthorne, state-bred three-year-old fillies were the focus on Saturday in two harness racing divisions of the Plum Peachy. Race seven was the first division of the Plum Peachy as Allbeastnobeauty was sent away as the favorite with Tim Curtin driving. Hustling away for the lead was Skeeter Machine from the outside as Kyle Wilfong guided the horse through the opening quarter in :29.1 Chased by Party Belle and driver Travis Seekman through the half in :59.0, Skeeter Machine remained in control into the far turn. After three quarters in 1:28.0, Skeeter Machine opened up a two length lead into the lane as favored Allbeastnobeauty tipped out to attempt to go after the leader. Mid-stretch, Allbeastnobeauty flattened out as Party Belle pulled out and was able to roll by late. Party Belle was victorious by a length in 1:55.0 over Skeeter Machine. JB's Shooting Star rallied to finish third. Party Belle is owned by trainer Tyler George along with Ladavie Spann. Race eight was the second division of the Plum Peachy with a field of seven led by Rollin Coal with Casey Leonard driving. Rushing away for the lead was The Sis Master as Michele Morgan guided her through the opening quarter in :28.2 and the half in :57.2. Chased by Rollin Coal into the turn, The Sis Master maintained her lead, passing three quarters in 1:25.2. Into the lane, The Sis Master faced a pair of challenges from Rollin Coal and The New Americana. Digging in gamely, The Sis Master held on at the wire, winning by a half-length over Rollin Coal in 1:53.4. The New Americana finished third. The Sis Master is owned by Bet-Mor Stable and trained by driver Michele Morgan. 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 - The rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the fans at Hawthorne on Friday night as a combination of stakes action and exotic animal races filled the evening. The stakes focus of the evening was a pair of divisions for leg two of the Incredible Tillie Stakes. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred, two-year-old pacing fillies as each division had a field of seven. Race one was the first division as Fox Valley Halsey was the favorite with leading driver Casey Leonard in the bike. Getting away for the lead was Yankee Joanie and Ryan Anderson as they were just in front of the favorite through the quarter in :29.3 over a good track. After passing the half in :59.0 and three quarters in 1:28.2, Yankee Joanie led the field into the stretch. Asked to go after the leader was Fox Valley Halsey but she made a break into the lane, leaving Perch and Kyle Wilfong to take up the chase. Mid-stretch, Perch tipped out and was able to catch Yankee Joanie in the shadow of the wire, winning in 1:58.2. Fox Valley Halsey recovered from the break to finish third. Perch is trained by Jay Garrels. After race one was the camel race as drivers Casey Leonard, Juan Franco, and Richard S. Finn were joined by Olivia Goethals of Agency 360. A quick start for Leonard was good enough as he guided his steed to victory. Juan Franco was a close second followed by Goethals and Finn. The juvenile pacers were back at it in race three as Brienne The Beauty was the 3-5 favorite with Travis Seekman driving. Making the early lead was Fox Valley Lil Kim as she passed the opening quarter in :29.3 as Brienne The Beauty quickly joined her. Taking over through a half in :59.1 was the favorite as Fox Valley Lil Kim chased her into the turn. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Brienne the Beauty remained in command and drew clear at the wire, winning in 1:56.2. Fox Valley Lil Kim came back for second while Foolishlittlegirl was third. Brienne the Beauty is owned in partnership by Somone, McCaffrey, 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 - On a very hot evening at Hawthorne, state-bred juvenile pacers were featured in two divisions of the Incredible Finale. Leg one of the Incredible Finale is for colt and gelding pacers as the first division had a field of seven while the second had eight pacers face the starting car. Race two was the first division as The Bucket was the favorite for driver Casey Leonard. Leaving for the lead was Sonny Sage, but Holden Steady was early to move, passing the quarter in :30.3. On the backside, Meyer On Fire moved to the front, but Voila pushed him to the half in:59.2. After three quarters in 1:28.3, Voila turned into the lane on top, but Kyle Husted and Meyer on Fire was able to save ground, sliding through on the inside for the win. Voila finished second while favored The Bucket, who was parked the entire trip, was able to get up for third. The final time for the mile was 1:57.2. Meyer on Fire is owned by Engel Stable of Illinois LLC and trained by Erv Miller. Race four was the second division of the Incredible Finale as the field of eight had favoritism shuffle amongst multiple horses. Action went to both Frontier Muffler and Maximus at the start of the race. Making the early lead was Cooter Luke as both Sports Drama and Riley The Mooss broke early. Through the quarter in :30.3, Cooter Luke led Frontier Muffler onto the backside. Nearing the half, Frontier Muffler took over, passing the half pole in 1:01.2., On the turn, Riley The Mooss was on the move to challenge Frontier Muffler as the pair covered three quarters in 1:30.3. Into the lane, Frontier Muffler regained his lead and faced a fresh challenge from Ryan Racketeer. At the wire, Frontier Muffler just held off Ryan Racketeer, with Cooter Luke closing in between to finish third. The final time for the mile was 1:59.2. Frontier Muffler is owned in partnership by driver/trainer Freddie Patton, Jr. along with Willie Scott. 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 - One of the rarest of training feats occurred on Thursday afternoon and evening. 35-year-old trainer Chris Banks kicked off his afternoon in fine fashion when the five-year-old mare Sperling won the opening race at Arlington Park by a half-length.   The five-year-old mare was claimed by Banks last fall at Hawthorne and is owned by Banks Racing LLC. The win was the first training victory in Banks' career as a thoroughbred trainer, but Chris couldn't waste much time as he had to drive across town to get ready for the evening harness card at Hawthorne. In race six at Hawthorne, Banks sent out second choice Vegas Bomb in the non-winners of one lifetime event. The race got off to a poor start as Vegas Bomb encountered early trouble but was able to rally late for the victory. Vegas Bomb was also owned by Banks Racing LLC. "In my 39 years of race calling, I cannot ever remember such a feat happening," said Hawthorne track announcer Peter Galassi. "I know for sure this is a first in Illinois, and until someone proves us wrong, it may be the first time it has ever occurred." "I have always loved horses and being around horses," trainer Chris Banks said after the wins. "With the summer meet ending last year and the uncertainty of harness racing in Illinois, I wanted to get involved with thoroughbreds and Sperling was a great one to jump into the mix with. I talked with my dad when I claimed this horse last fall and said 'wouldn't it be great to win in the afternoon at Arlington and then win the same night at Hawthorne' and we just laughed about it at the time." "When Sperling was able to get to victory today at Arlington I thought it was a definite possibility. Then tonight Vegas Bomb gets wiped out into the first turn and it was like getting mugged out of the gate in a thoroughbred race. Fortunately Casey Leonard was very patient and the horse responded late for him. A lucky day and a very fun day indeed." 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 - A big twelve race Saturday card at Hawthorne kicked off the start of leg two action for Night of Champions races as two divisions of the Beulah Dygert and Plum Peachy took place. The Beulah Dygert is for Illinois-bred, three-year-old filly trotters and the Plum Peachy is for the state-bred, three-year-old filly pacers. Race two on Saturday was the first division of the Beulah Dygert as a field of six trotters faced the starter. Good Design was the favorite off her leg on win with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. A break prior to the start left Shadow Copy well back early as Good Design backed down the pace through three opening quarter in :30.0. After cruising through the half in :58.3, Good Design lead Trotting Grace and New Queen into the far turn. Through three quarters in 1:27.2, Good Design remained in control and opened up into the lane. Geared down late, Good Design was an easy winner in 1:55.4. Trotting Grace held second while New Queen finished third. Good Design is owned by Mr. Lynn Wilfong and trained by Brett Wilfong. Race four was the second division of the Dygert with Maui Mama and Casey Leonard the favorite in the field of six. Getting away for the lead was the favorite as she passed to opening quarter in :29.3. On the backside, White Pants Fever moved to take over through a half in :58.3. After three quarters in 1:27.3, White Pants Fever opened up two lengths into the stretch. Mid-stretch, Maui Mama tipped out and rolled on by, winning in 1:57.3. Sunny Sasha rallied for second while White Pants Fever was third. Maui Mama is owned by Bill Wright and trained by Mike Brink. Race eight was the first of two divisions of the Plum Peachy with a field of nine. Fox Valley Jazzy was the favorite in the race with Ridge Warren driving. Making the lead was The New Americana as she was joined by Fox Valley Jazzy through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, The Sis Master was hustled to the front, covering the half in :57.1. On the turn, The Sis Master held her lead as Fox Valley Jazzy pressured through three quarters in 1:26.0. In the lane The Sis Master was all out, looking to hold off Fox Valley Jazzy as she was able to do so in 1:53.4. Fox Valley Jazzy was second while The New Americana was third. The Sis Master is owned by Bet-Mor Stable and trained and driven by Michele Morgan. Race ten was the second division of the Plum Peachy with Rollin Coal and Allbeastnobeauty battling for favoritism at post time. Getting away quickly was Rollin Coal and Casey Leonard as they were pressured through a quarter in :28.2. After a half in :57.1, Rollin Coal led Frontier Cuzin into the turn. Passing three quarters in 1:25.3, Rollin Coal was up by two lengths into the lane. Mid-stretch, Skeeter Machine and Kyle Wilfong tipped out and challenged the leader, closing alongside her late in the stretch. At the wire Skeeter Machine emerged on top by a head over Rollin Coal. Frontier Cuzin held third. The final time for the mile was 1:54.1. Skeeter Machine is owned by Francis and James Greer and trained by Alan Bowen. 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 harness racing 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. Jim Miller

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 - Juvenile pacers were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as two divisions of the Cardinal took place. The $30,350 events are for Illinois Conceived and Foaled, two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The night's opener was the first of the two divisions as Holden Steady was sent off as the choice with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Getting away quickly was the favorite as he was able to back down the opening quarter in :30. After a half in 1:00.4, Holden Steady held the lead over longshot Sonny Sage and Fox Valley Minime. After three quarters in 1:31.2, Holden Steady was still pushed along but maintained his advantage. Roused in the lane, Holden Steady responded well, drawing clear in 1:59.4. Sonny Sage held second while Riley The Mooss closed to finish third. Holden Steady is owned by Thestable Holden Steady and trained by Angela Coleman. Race seven was the second division of the Cardinal as a field of nine lined up behind the starting car. Favored in the second division was The Bucket with Casey Leonard driving. Making the lead was 15-1 shot Frontier Muffler through the quarter in :30.3. After a half in 1:00.0, Frontier Muffler still held a two-length advantage over The Bucket. In the turn, The Bucket was asked but Frontier Muffler still led through three quarters in 1:29.1. In the lane, The Bucket tipped out and was able to wear down Frontier Muffler, winning going away in 1:57.1. Frontier Muffler held second while Meyer on Fire closed to finish third. The stewards conducted an inquiry looking into the actions of Meyer on Fire but no change was made. The Bucket is owned by George Dremonas and Ken Rucker and trained by 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 - While the boys were featured on Friday evening at Hawthorne, the girls took center stage on Saturday night in a pair of divisions of the $25,700 Violet Stakes. The Violet is for Illinois Conceived and Foaled three-year-old fillies. Race five was the first division as a field of eight lined up behind the starting car. Two horses took all of the action at the windows as Rollin Coal was a slight favorite over Allbeastnobeauty. Sent for the early lead was Rollin Coal as she was able to clear through the quarter in :28.4. On the backside, The Sis Master was hustled up to challenge the pace through the half in :57.1. Rollin Coal broke stride just after the half as Allbeastnobeauty and driver Tim Curtin moved to take over through three quarters in 1:26.3. In the lane, Allbeastnobeauty drew clear to win going away. The Sis Master was able to hold second while Rollin Coal recovered from a nasty break to rally for third. The final time for the mile was 1:54.2. The stewards posted the inquiry sign following the race, focusing on the actions of The Sis Master and Rollin Coal. After review by the stewards, Rollin Coal was disqualified and placed eighth, moving Sportsfashionstar up to third. Allbeastnobeauty is owned by the partnership of trainer Mike Brink and owners Carter, Brown and Crawford. Race nine was the second division of the Violet as a field of nine lined up, led by Fox Valley Jazzy and The New Americana. Leaving for the lead was The New Americana but Fox Valley Jazzy hustled to the front through the quarter in :28.0. On the backside, The New Americana moved back to the lead, passing the half in :56.4. After three quarters in 1:26.0, The New Americana and Matt Krueger led the field into the lane. Mid-stretch, Fox Valley Jazzy and Ridge Warren took over and drew clear, winning by a length over late closing JB's Shooting Star. The New Americana held third. The final time for the mile was 1:54.2. Fox Valley Jazzy is owned by Cathy Finn-Kanitz and trained by Dale Kanitz. 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  

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