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STICKNEY, IL - Sunday night at Hawthorne featured trotters as Illinois conceived or foaled three-year-olds were showcased. Two legs of the Beulah Dygert Memorial for fillies were conducted along with leg one action for the boys in the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial. Race two Sunday was the first leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial as a field of six lined up. Trotting Grace was the even money choice but it was Good Design who dictated the pace. Covering slow early fractions of :29.2 and 1:00.3, Good Design led the field into the far turn. Kyle Wilfong kept her to task through three quarters in 1:30.1 as she led the field into the lane. Good Design was able to fend off late challenges by Trotting Grace and Lous Silver Star, crossing the line a half-length on top in 1:58.2. Good Design is owned by Mr. Lynn Wilfong and trained by Brett Wilfong. Race four was the second division of the Beulah Dygert Memorial as White Pants Fever and Maui Mama battled for favoritism. Breaking before the start was White Pants Fever but she got back onto stride, lagging the gate by five lengths early. At the start, Powerful Temtrist was sent away for the lead and joined early by Fox Valley Unleash through the quarter in :29.4. On the backside, Maui Mama moved first, but White Pants Fever followed on her heels, passing the half a length in front in :58.3. Leading the field through three quarters in 1:28.1, White Pants Fever held the lead into the lane. After a long drive, Maui Mama tipped out late and wore down her rival, winning by a neck in 1:57.0. White Pants Fever finished second while Powerful Temtrist held third. Maui Mama is owned by Bill Wright and trained by Mike Brink. Race seven was the first leg of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial for three-year-old colts and geldings as a field of nine lined up. Illinimight was sent off as the favorite but it was True Detective and Curt Grummel that carved out the fractions of :30.3, 1:00.3, and 1:29.3. for three quarters. Opening up a four length lead into the stretch, True Detective looked to be home free, but the second Grummel trained entrant in the race, Big Lou, was closing strongly with Tim Curtin in the bike. At the line it was a Grummel trained exacta as Big Lou caught True Detective while Majistic Caprice finished third. The final time for the mile was 1:57.3. The one-two finishers were both owned by Dr. Patrick Graham. 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 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  

STICKNEY, IL - For the second time in as many months, the major track conversion from thoroughbred to a harness racing surface has been completed as Hawthorne prepares to open the summer racing season. 11,000 tons of dirt have been removed from the racetrack, the main track rail has been replaced by pylons, and the outside turf course rail removed, all in 72 hours to prepare for the meet. A solid driving colony has returned to Hawthorne as perennial leading driver Casey Leonard will be joined by Kyle Wilfong, Kyle, Husted, Ridge Warren, and Tyler Shehan. Leading trainers Tom Simmons, Terry Leonard, Frank Petrelli, and Mike Brink are all back with stables while Brett Wilfong, Rob Rittof, and Roshun Trigg look to have big meets as well. The racing calendar opens with a three day weekend, racing Friday through Sunday this week. After this week, the regular four day a week schedule will take place, with races every Thursday through Sunday with a 7:05 PM post. Tomorrow night Hawthorne will host a special early post of 6:30 PM. As horses get back into shape, a round of claiming series will open the season, followed by Cardinal and Violet races before leg one action of the Hawthorne stakes program kicks off at the end of the month. An increased social media presence will be evident this season at Hawthorne. Cameras will go behind the scenes in the barn area to get footage of horses in preparation for racing action. GoPro cameras will be utilized on our drivers and in the starting car and the incorporation of drone footage will be added as the racing season progresses. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, kicks off the summer harness racing season tonight, May 4 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 - A winter meet that brought weather conditions from fog, to rain, to heavy snow concluded Monday evening at Hawthorne. Due to a couple of cancellations in the final weeks because of snowy conditions, the harness racing winter meet consisted of 25 cards. When all was said and done, driver Casey Leonard grabbed his fourth consecutive leading driver title, with 38 wins while Loralee Johnson took home the training title with 19 wins. The winter meet opened with some excitement on opened weekend as a triple dead heat for win took place on January 7 when Picky Picky Valor, Keep the Cash, and Skyway Jaylo all hit the wire at the same time. Closing weekend brought about the 3,000th career victory for driver Ryan Anderson, when he won with Olivia V on February 16. The next evening had the last two series finals of the meet as Fox Valley Catwalk won the Doc Walker series while Sagebrush Shocker won the Terry Hunt series. 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

STICKNEY, IL - Harness racing driver Ryan Anderson, a native of Crete , Illinois , scored his 3,000th victory on Friday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Anderson 's victory came in the sixth race, driving Jeff R Halas' Olivia V. who is trained by Tim S. Hall The 37-year-old Anderson started his career in 1998. Through the start of racing on Friday, Ryan has driven 22,177 horses, In addition to his 3,000 winners, he has finished second 2,716 times and third 2,677. His drives have earned in excess of $28,000,000. His biggest year came in 2007 when he won 497 of 3,043 races, with purses earned of $3,692,762. That earnings total narrowly beat his 2006 total when his drives earned $3,644,936, winning 466 of 3,005 races. He was 20 when he drove Popcorn Penny in the Breeders' Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk in October of 2000. He was the youngest, at that time, to ever win a Breeders' Crown race. He also trained 160 winners as well. Mandatory Payout on Jackpot High 5 Saturday at Hawthorne After carrying over throughout the course of the winter harness meet, the Jackpot High 5 at Hawthorne will have a mandatory payout on Saturday night.  The High 5 carryover has grown to $204,195 and will be paid out on the final race Saturday.  The ninth race past performances are available online at the United States Trotting Association website for free in the handicapping section under the Strategic Wagering Program tab. 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

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  

STICKNEY, IL - On a gusty evening in Chicago, a field of nine Illinois-bred harness racing pacers lined up for the $25,000 Carl Becker Pace final at Hawthorne. The morning line favorite was Zone Blitz but Fox Valley Reggie was sent away as the off time choice. Off stride at the start was Sleazy Joe as the rest of the field got away in good order. Leaving for the lead was a trio of pacers as Daddy Let Me Drive and Zone Blitz passed the opening quarter together in :28.4. On the backside, Zone Blitz took over for driver Mike Oosting through the half in :58.1. Into the turn, Fox Valley Reggie swung up to challenge Zone Blitz as they passed three quarters in 1:26.2. In the lane, Zone Blitz dug in and battled Fox Valley Reggie as the two battled the length of the lane. At the wire, Fox Valley Reggie just got up, nabbing Zone Blitz by a head, stopping the clock in 1:54.3. Daddy Let Me Drive held on for third. Fox Valley Reggie (Yankee Skyscapper) is owned by Ronald Phillips and Sharry Boledovich and trained by Jamaica Patton. Fox Valley Reggie returned $5.00, $2.80, and $2.20. Zone Blitz came back $2.80 and $2.40 while Daddy Let Me Drive returned $2.80 to show. The winter harness meet at Hawthorne continues through February 19.  For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com. Jim Miller

STICKNEY, IL - Friday night at Hawthorne marked the first night of the claiming series finals in the winter harness racing meet. A field of seven pacers lined up in the Cicero Claiming Series final as Spendabuckonme was scratched prior to post time. Sent away as the favorite in the $20,000 series final was Elite Awards with Sam Widger in the bike. Leaving the gate for the lead was Elite Awards as he faced early pressure from Mobil Big John. After a quarter in :28.0, Mobil Big John and Kyle Wilfong led the field onto the backstretch. Moving to take over on the backside was Elite Awards, passing the half in :56.4. In the far turn, Elite Awards faced a fresh challenge from KC Rambunctious Boy as the pair passed three quarters in 1:25.4. In the lane, Elite Awards dug in gamely and held off KC Rambunctious Boy and a boxed in Mobil Big John, crossing the wire a length on top in 1:54.3. KC Rambunctious Boy was able to hold on for second, a nose ahead of Mobil Big John. Elite Awards is owned and trained by Perry Smith. Elite Awards returned $5.20, $4.40, and $2.60. KC Rambunctious Boy came back $5.20 and $4.20. Mobil Big John returned $3.40 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

STICKNEY, IL - On another cold and snowy evening at Hawthorne Race Course, the second week of the winter meet concluded with a fine performance on the track from driver Kyle Wilfong. The 26-year-old guided home five winners from his eight drives on the Sunday harness racing card. After a fourth-place finish in the night's opener with Lilac Laurey, Wilfong won the second race on the card with Skyway Fireball ($11.40). He came right back in the third, driving Her Royal Hottness ($15.00) to the win, getting up in the shadow of the wire. After finishing second with Fox Valley Hoss in race four and third behind Lotta Richess in race five, Wilfong was back in the winner's circle in the sixth with Cuinthepurplerain ($3.80). In race seven, Wilfong guided Banker Volo ($9.80) from the back of the pack to win the open trot from the outside. He closed his driving night with a win in race eight from Maserati Seelster ($3.60). The night capped a seven-win week for Wilfong as he has gotten off to a hot start on the winter meet. 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

Stickney, IL - On a snowy Sunday evening at Hawthorne Race Course, one of the rarest events in harness racing occurred as a triple dead heat for victory took place. In the tenth race on the card, Picky Picky Valor, Keep the Cash, and Skyway Jaylo all hit the wire together in the Open trot. The oddity was actually the second dead heat in the course of the late pick four sequence on Sunday. Mighty Hot Shot and Bestnotlie Hanover were together at the line in the eighth race on the Sunday card. The entire field for the tenth was bunched at the wire as only two lengths separated the trio that won the race to the last place finisher in the field. Drivers Casey Leonard (Picky Picky Valor), Keith Crawford (Keep The Cash), and Larry Lee Smith (Skyway Jaylo) came together in the winner's circle for the unlikely win photo. 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

“Baby its cold outside” as the song goes. Nothing could be any truer than those lyrics here in Chicago but the harness racing action will be heating things up starting on Friday, Jan 5th at Hawthorne Race Course. Despite a stretch of record breaking cold in which temperatures have struggled to get into the single digits during daylight hours a track crew of more than 100 has worked tirelessly to move over 11,000 tons of sand, level everything to perfection and remove the safety rail to have things ready for the Friday opener which will get underway at 7:05 pm. The upcoming winter meet will consist of 27 nights of racing with the opening two weeks going on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. After that racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Sunday schedule through Feb. 18th.  A special Monday night of racing will be presented on Presidents Day, Feb. 19th to close out the winter proceedings. There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4th but the trotters and pacers will be in action on Monday, Feb. 5th instead. There will be a variety of giveaways and contests during the winter meet starting with a well-timed Knit Hat giveaway on Saturday, Jan.6th. The popular Hawthorne Gold Cup Dining Room will open every Friday and Saturday at 6pm for those wishing to enjoy a great meal while viewing the races from a comfortable climate controlled seat right on the finish line. Fan friendly Friday’s also return with a $500 cash back giveaway plus food and drink specials. On the track the driving colony will be as strong as ever with last year’s top reinsmen Casey Leonard and Mike Oosting leading the way. They will be joined by the likes of past regulars like Todd Warren and Sam Widger, who are both returning from Hoosier Park as well as newcomer Brandon Bates who enjoyed his biggest year to date in 2017 while campaigning at Hoosier.  Ryan Anderson begins the meet just 3 visits to the winner’s circle away from reaching the prestigious 3,000 win mark in his career. The racing action should be very competitive as well with three claiming series attracting horses from various tracks throughout the U.S. and 11 different “conditioned” series drawing both state-bred and open pacers and trotters from throughout the Midwest. Once again post time each night during the winter meet will be at 7:05 pm. For a complete 2018 racing schedule or any other information please visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com Tom Kelley

Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all harness racing horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming Winter Claiming Series for $6,000 & $10,000 claimers of both sexes that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Monday, Dec. 18th. Entry fees for these series are $200 & $300 respectively and the opening legs are scheduled to begin on opening night, Jan. 5th. Horsemen are also reminded that the opening weekends (Jan 5-6-7) condition sheets are currently posted at www.hawthorneracecourse.com All horsemen wishing to compete at Hawthorne Race Course must submit a stall application before entering whether stabling at Hawthorne or shipping in. Entry forms, stall applications and schedules for the upcoming winter meet can be found at www.hawthorneracecourse.com. The Illinois Racing Boards license office at Hawthorne will also be open exclusively for Standardbred licenses on Dec. 20-21 and Dec. 27-28 from 9am to 3pm (central). Please remember all payments must be made by check. Please take advantage of these early dates to avoid the long lines on opening weekend.  All nomination payments should be made payable to Suburban Downs Inc. and sent to: Hawthorne Race Course Att. Horseman’s Bookkeeper 3501 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804  

Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming Winter Late Closing events being offered, that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1st. The fee for all of the winter meets late closers is $200. Horsemen are also reminded that a Claiming Series for $6,000 & $10,000 claimers of both sexes will also be offered to kick off the meet. Nomination payments for these series are $200 & $300 respectively and must be postmarked no later than Dec. 18th.    All horsemen wishing to compete at Hawthorne Race Course should submit a stall application immediately whether planning to stay on the grounds or ship in. Stall applications, entry forms, and schedules for all the late closing series can be found at www.hawthorneracecourse.com. All payments should be made payable to Suburban Downs Inc. and sent to: Hawthorne Race Course Att. Horseman’s Bookkeeper 3501 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 780-3700 Tom Kelley  

Harness Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming "late closers" that will be offered as part of the 2018 "Winter" meet at Hawthorne Race Course, that nominations must be postmarked by no later than Dec. 1st, 2017. Racing will kick off with a three-night week on Friday, Jan. 5th and conclude with a special Monday card on Feb. 19th. There will be no racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb.4th but that card will be moved back to Monday, Feb. 5th.). The regular racing schedule will be conducted on a four-night a week basis with post time Thursday through Sunday's at 7:10 p.m. (central). The first qualifiers will not be conducted until Wed. Jan 10th 2018. Horsemen are also reminded that everyone wishing to race at Hawthorne must submit a stall application. Those applications were due by Nov 1st but are still being accepted. Completed applications should be sent immediately to Hawthorne Race Course Att. Jim Miller or faxed to (708) 780-3727. Stall applications, series information, entry forms and conditions for the meet are attached. They can also be found at www.hawthorneracecourse.com. Please remember there is a "straw only" policy in all barns at Hawthorne. No shavings or sawdust will be allowed. All payments and nomination forms for the winter late closers should be made payable to Suburban Downs Inc. and sent to: Hawthorne Race Course C/O Horseman's Bookkeeper 3501 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804 Entry fees are $200 per series.

STICKNEY, IL - On Saturday evening at Hawthorne over $1.4 million in purses was awarded to the top Illinois-bred trotters and pacers at Hawthorne's harness racing "Night of Champions". While 11 stakes champs were crowned on the 12-race Hawthorne card, a pair of juveniles stole the show. A recap of the entire Night of Champions card: First race - Open Pace Favored Granite took the lead going into the first turn and led most of the way through fractions of :27, :56.1. 1:24. He was tackled at the three-quarter pole by A Bettor's Risk but was able to put that rival away. He was able to draw away from the field at that point but started to tire a bit and they got to him late. Driver Casey Leonard had Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher J Schick's Trashytonguetalker (Art's Chip), trained by Terry Leonard, with dead aim on that early leader. They flew by late to earn a length and a quarter victory over OK Heavenly. It was another length and a half back to Takeadiveoffdipper. THE KADABRA CHAMPIONSHIP Kevin E. Miller's Illinimight (Cassis), under a masterful drive by Tony Morgan, scored the victory in the Kadabra Championship. When leader True Detective broke stride, Morgan sent his gelding through a hole and got to the rail. They took the lead and were able to withstand the strong stretch move of Cruzen Cassi, holding on to win by a half length. Mike Brink, the leading trainer of the meet, had this to say, "This colt has gotten better every time we raced him in the last five or six starts. I kept saying that is they made any mistakes, he would beat them. That's what happened on the last two starts. He's a nice colt. I called Tony Morgan and talked to him. Racing for this kind of money, I want Tony Morgan." They covered the mile in 2:00.1 after fractions of 30.1, 1:00.2, and 1:30.3. Illlinimight paid $6.60, $3.40 $3.00 Cruzen Cassi got up for second and returned $2.80 and $2.20 Fox Valley Strpwr, who originally finished fifth, was moved up to third after a double disqualification, and returned $4.40 to show.  Illinimight earned $51,750, boosting his earnings to $78,830. THE FOX VALLEY FLAN CHAMPIONSHIP In the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old filly trotter at Hawthorne, Mr. Lynn G Wilfong's Good Design (Designer Lindy), trained by Brett Wilfong driven by Kyle Wilfong, overcame a wide trip to win by a half-length over Trotting Grace. It was another four lengths back to favorite Maui Mama. Lynn Wilfong, "It is wonderful. We had a stroke of luck a week ago. I saw a friend of mine that was racing up here and I asked him to go over and check her out. He did and he told me that he thought he found something. And I think he did. "And Kyle took his advice and worked on her all week, 10 times a day. Things were much better tonight." "Brett told me before she even left the yearling pen that she was something special." "When you win from the nine hole at Hawthorne, you know you did something. " Brett Wilfong, "We said from day one that this filly showed so much natural talent but she's got a tendency to explode if things don't materialize right. I thought Kyle drove her tonight and the filly focused tonight." Good Design paid $14.00, $8.60, $3.60 Trotting Grace returned $5.00, $2.80 Maui Mama returned $2.10 They covered the mile in 1:58 after fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29.1 She earned $60,750 for tonight's victory. Her career earnings stand at $94,187 THE INCREDIBLE TILLIE CHAMPIONSHIP Cathy-Finn-Kanitz's Fox Valley Jazzy (Yankee Skyscaper), with Ridge Warren in the bike, extended her win streak to four and earned her eighth victory in 13 starts in Saturday's Incredible Tillie. Trainer Dale Kanitz was proud of the accomplishment. "She's a really nice filly. I have to give a lot of credit to a friend, Gary Brown. He originally saw this horse, got her trained up and brought her up here. I looked at her, I liked her, and I offered some money for her. We came to an agreement. I only made a few changes. She's a wonderful horse to work with. Ridge (Warren) has been fantastic. He drove her in her last six or seven races and did a fantastic job. My vet, Cabe McMurry, helps us out a lot. He kept her healthy and sound." Racing in second early, she moved up to wrestle the lead from The New Americana in the stretch and held Rollin Coal safe in the final sixteenth. Fox Valley Jazzy won by a length and a quarter over Rollin Coal. It was another length and a half back to Allbeastnobeauty. Odds-on favorite, The New Americana, faded to fourth after leading for the first half. Fox Valley Jazzy paid $6.40, $4.00 and $3.20 Rollin Coal returned $6.60 and $6.00 Allbeastnobeauty paid $4.20 to show They got the mile in 1:54.3 after fractions of :28.2, :56.4, and 1:26.1, Fox Valley Jazzy finished only a one tick off the track record for two-year-old filly pacers. Fox Valley Jazzy's share of the purse, $78,750, boosted her career earnings to $130,265. THE BEULAH DYGERT MEMORIAL TROT CHAMPIONSHIP Annas Lucky Star (Cassis), owned by Danny S Graham and trained by Terry Winemiller, scored her eighth straight victory and her ninth from 11 races this year. She also went six for six as a two-year-old and was named two-year-old champion filly Illinois trotter. Annas Lucky Star took the lead at the start and set brisk fractions of :28.3, :58.4, 1:27.3 and got the mile in 1:56. She was never seriously challenged and finished two and three-quarter lengths over runner-up Beatrice. It was another two lengths and three-quarters back to Lous Credit Report. Driver Kyle Wilfong, "She's fast. I guess she has a couple of races coming up at Hoosier Park. We're looking forward to going down there and seeing what she really is. I looked back and saw Beatrice coming but we just grinded it out. It was all good." Annas Lucky Star paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10 Beatrice returned $5.60 and $3.60 Lous Credit Report paid $2.10 ERWIN F. DYGERT MEMORIAL TROT Shelley M Steele's Picky Picky Valor (Yankee Valor) had the misfortune of starting from the 10 but some of the horses weren't on the gate at the start and a savvy Mike Oosting sent the gelding and got good position quickly, stalking the pace in third place. When he did tip out, he went right to the lead and never looked back, drawing off to win by three and a quarter length over Muscle Image. Early leader Bands Houdini held on for third. Favored Louscipher was never a factor. Trainer Gerald Hansen was happy. "It was fantastic drive. I was sick when we drew the 10. He's turning into one heck of a trotter. He's our best right now." Picky Picky Valor earned $51,750 and has now earned $102,162 in his career. Picky Picky Valor paid $10.20, $4.20, $3.60 Muscle Image paid $5.60 and $2.10 Bands Houdini $2.10 THE PLEASAC CHAMPIONSHIP Favored Tricky Nick (Band's Gold Chip) left early and was used pretty hard getting to the lead but, once there, never relinquished it, ultimately winning by three and a quarter lengths. Owned by Thomas G Mattingly and trained by Richard Perfido. Tricky Nick set fractions of :28.3, :57.3, 1:17,1 with a final time of 1:55.3. The $27,000 winner's share of the purse increased Tricky Nick's career earnings to $247,014. Driver Jim Pantaleano, "He's a strong horse. My hat goes off to Richie Perfido and Teresa Martino because they put in painstakingly long hours to keep that horse sharp and it obviously paid off tonight. I got stretched out pretty good and I tried to rest Nick through the last turn. He felt good at the head of the stretch and responded when I called on him." Tricky Nick beat Fox Valley Shout by three and a quarter lengths. It was another three and a quarter back to Reit's Kid. Tricky Nick paid $2.60, $2.60 and $2.40 Fox Valley Shout returned $21.60 and $10.20 Reit's Kid paid $5.60 FOX VALLEY GEMINI REMAINS PERFECT IN THE INCREDIBLE FINALE CHAMPIONSHIP Jim Ballinger's Fox Valley Gemini (Yankee Skyscaper), trained by Terry Leonard, stretched his unbeaten streak to nine races. Driver Casey Leonard drove him with extreme confidence. Although they raced wide early, there was more than enough left in the tank to just fly by his rivals late. Fox Valley Gemini ultimately won by three and a half lengths over Backstreet Lawyer with early pacesetter Fox Valley Hijinx another four and three-quarter lengths back. Jim Ballinger, "I brought up a busload of 47 people. I rented the whole bus to bring the hometown up here. He's a terrific horse I've been in the horse business for a long time but I'm never had a horse that is this good, that has dominated things like he has. Casey and Terry (Leonard) had done a terrific job. My son broke him and got him ready to go. What a terrific horse. I think he's the best in Illinois." They got the mile in 1:53.3 after fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3. The winner's share of the purse, $87,750 boosted the career earnings of Fox Valley Gemini to $157,750. Fox Valley Gemini paid $2.20, $2.20, $2.10 Backstreet Lawyer $7.60 and $3:40 Fox Valley Hijinx $2.40 THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP Rick Howles' Gibbs (Sportsmaster), trained by James Eaton, got the perfect stalking trip. Close up throughout, though a little wide, he was able to kind of box in favored Evergreen Elite and got the drop on him. By the time the favorite got out, Gibbs had a clear lead and drew off to a length and three quarters victory. It was three and three quarters back to Evergreen Elite. Kyle Husted, "He was sharp tonight. He had the race last week and I had to move him pretty good around the turn and he ran out of racetrack. Tonight, we were a lot closer. He did everything right. I just fell into place and got an absolute dream trip." Gibbs paid $8.80, $5.40 and $3.00 Crankin' It Up paid $5.00 an $3.20 Evergreen Elite returned $2.20 They went :28.3, :57.2, 1:25.3 with a final time of 1:52.2. With the winner's share of $27,000, Gibbs has now earned $281,661 in his career. THE ROBERT F. CAREY MEMORIAL Longshot Captain Rhett (Duneside Perch), owned by Harvey J. Grieff and Robert K. Verdun, surprised nine opponents in the Robert F. Carey Memorial Championship after doing the same thing to many of the same rivals in the ISFCS back in August. Trainer James Horvath Jr, "He did it really good at Springfield and got roughed up a couple of times after coming back here but Marcus (Miller) drove him really phenomenal tonight. We loved the fast pace. That's what he likes. He just sits there all day long. Once he gets comfortable sitting in a hole, he's fine. A few drivers taught him to relax, especially Tim Curtin and Kyle Husted. He was kind of nervous as a two-year-old and always wanted to leave. You couldn't hold him in a hole. But we re-rigged him and he's fine. He's been taught all season. He's had so many seconds because he's just learning. He figured out at the right time." Captain Rhett beat Fox Valley Inferno by two and three-quarters. It was another three and a quarter back to Slzburgerslzburger. They got the mile in 1:50.3 after fractions of :26.4, :54 and 1:13.1. The winner's share of the purse, $81,000 boosted Captain Rhett's earnings to $127,263. Captain Rhett paid $24.20, $9.20 and $4.60 Fox Valley Inferno paid $4.40 and $3.00 Slzburgerslzburger returned $4.20 to show THE PLUM PEACHY CHAMPIONSHIP San Antonio Rose (Ft Apache Hanover), owned by George W Pollock and D Kay Bartlow and trained by Nick Prather, grabbed the lead on the backstretch and led the rest of the way, opening up a four-length lead in the stretch and able to withstand the dramatic late surge by favored Fox Valley Jolene. She was still a length and a half to the good when they crossed the wire. Third-place finisher, Filly Forty, was another nine and a quarter lengths back. Kyle Husted, "Last year I drove her a couple of times. I drove her in Springfield and she put up a big mile, the same way, right in the front. I just happened to be driving another filly, for Nick actually. This year it worked out that I got to drive her. She's such a big filly that we can't just get her started. She can't start up that quick but she can go big halves like you saw tonight. She had a lot tougher trip this week. But she really dug in." San Antonio Rose paid $6.40, $3.00 and $3.00 Fancy Creek Jolene paid $3.00 and $2.60 Filly Forty paid $16.40 With the winner's share of $74,250, San Antonio Rose has now earned $112,042. Time for the mile was 1:52.1 following fractions of :27, :54.3, and 1:22.4 THE TONY MAURELLO CHAMPIONSHIP Such a great night of racing deserved a great finish and got one in the Tony Maurello Championship. H Walker, R J & C G Walker and R M Klingler's Bucklegirl Bobette (Duneside Perch), trained by Robert Walker, rushed up to take the lead on the backstretch with Fox Valley Charm in close pursuit. Fox Valley Charm made one last valiant effort to overtake her rival but Bucklegirl Bobette dug in and was able to hold off Fox Valley Charm to win by a nose. LK's Nancy Lee finished another length and a quarter back. Kyle Wilfong was in the bike for this mare's third straight win. Bucklegirl Bobette earned $27,600, giving her $116,210 in her career. They got the mile in 1:53.3 after fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26.2. Bucklegirl Bobette paid $7.20, $5.00 and $3.80 Fox Valley Charm returned $5.40 and $3.40 LK's Nancy Lee brought back $4.60 ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 4th oldest racetrack in the nation and the oldest sporting venue in Illinois. Located in Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago's city limits, the 126 year old facility hosts thoroughbred racing in March and April and again in October through Dec. Standardbred harness racing is conducted in May through September. The family-owned and operated business has been an innovator in horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation's most rewarding players program. For additional information: www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com | Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne | @ClubHawthorne. Jim Miller

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