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STICKNEY, IL - Hawthorne's meet leading driver to date, Casey Leonard, had a night to remember at Hawthorne, capping a big racing week. Entering the second half of the Hawthorne Standardbred season, Leonard held a 26 win margin in the driver standings over Mike Oosting and hasn't missed a beat. The week opened with Leonard winning a pair of races on Thursday, guiding home two-year-old Rippin an Runnin in race three followed by Gorgeous View in the sixth race. Although Leonard was winless on Friday evening, five of his drives found the board, including OK Heavenly finishing second in the filly and mare open pace. Saturday's night to remember for Leonard kicked off with a win by Fox Valley Gemini in the first division of leg two action of the Incredible Finale stakes. He came back to win with Mykonos in race three, the second division of the Incredible Finale. After finishing second with LK's Nancy Lee in race four and third behind Ashless Nannah in race five, Casey was back in the winner's circle for race six, sweeping all three divisions of the Incredible Finale, this time driving home Lambo. He drove Beatrice to a victory in race seven followed by Lucy Flew in the ninth. Leonard rounded out the big night taking both ends of the late double, winning with Dali Treasure in the eleventh and closing out the big evening as Slzburgerslzburger won race twelve. On Sunday evening, Leonard followed a third place finish with Lous Silver Star in race two by winning race three with Kickinitwithkohler. In the second leg of the Kadabra stakes, Casey struck again, controlling the pace with True Detective and drawing clear in the lane. Overall for the week, Leonard won 11 races, had four runner-up efforts and eight third-place performances on his big week. Jim Miller

Two divisions of leg two harness racing action in the Incredible Tillie Stakes took place on Friday evening at Hawthorne. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred two-year-old pacing fillies as the first division had a field of nine. Favored at post time was Yank's Rendezvous with Casey Leonard driving. Leaving for the lead was Red Hot Packerette as she faced and early challenge from Fox Valley Miranda through the quarter in :28.2. On the backstretch, Red Hot Packerette went back after the front, covering the half in :59.2. On the turn, the favorite was on the move as Yank's Rendezvous moved to challenged Red Hot Packerette through three quarters in 1:28.4. The two battled the length of the lane, with Red Hot Packerette putting Yank's Rendezvous away but facing a fresh challenge from Lex Two. On the wire, Lex Two (Lexington Legend) and driver Juan Franco got up in time to win by a head over Red Hot Packerette. The final time for the mile was 1:57.2. Frontier Cuzin closed to finish third. Lex Two is owned by Cynthia Kay Willis and trained by Nelson Willis. Race three on Friday was the filly and mare open pace as a strong field of eight lined up. OK Heavenly was the favorite at post time with Casey Leonard driving. Getting away quickly early was Vintage Babe as she was challenged by Kyles Secret through a quick quarter in :27.0. On the backstretch, Vintage Babe took over and opened up through the half in :54.4. On the turn, Vintage Babe kept clear through three quarters in 1:23.3. In the lane, Vintage Babe shortened as OK Heavenly and Can't Touch This both rallied late with Can't Touch This (Rockin Image) and Mike Oosting getting up in 1:51.0. OK Heavenly was second while Vintage Babe held third. Race six was the second open pace of the night, this time for the males over the sloppy going as Well Bred was a scratch, leaving a field of seven to line up. Heading for the early lead was Coal Hanover as he cleared easily through a quarter in :28.4. On the backstretch, Coal Hanover continued to lead through the half in :57.0. On the turn, Trashytonguetalker moved to challenge Coal Hanover as the pair hit three quarters in 1:24.1. In the lane, Coal Hanover was all out, but 20-1 shot A Bettors Risk (Bettors Delight) and Kyle Wilfong slipped through along the inside to get up on the wire. Coal Hanover was second while Let's Drink On It finished third. The final time for the mile was 1:51.4. A Bettors Risk is owned by Robert Hamather and trainer by Payton Ode. Race eight was the second division of leg two of the Incredible Tillie as a field of ten contested the race over the sloppy going. Getting away for the lead was Fox Valley Jazzy through the quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch, Rollin Coal moved up and took over, passing the half in :58.2. In the turn, Rollin Coal faced a challenge from The New Americana as the duo passed three quarters in 1:28.1. In the lane, The New Americana (Yankee Skycraper) opened up for driver Mike Oosting and drew clear, winning in 1:56.1. Fox Valley Jazzy finished second while Rollin Coal held third. The New Americana is owned by Chris Mroz, Dave Falzone, and Jim Molitor and trained by Steve Searle. Jim Miller

Americana Nights returns to Hawthorne Race Course on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, 2017 with live harness racing starting at 7:10 PM.  This two day, family-friendly festival features something for racing fans of all ages including: live music, trackside BBQ, craft beer specials, celebrity racing, gate giveaways, Wiener Dog Races, meet and greet with celebrity horses, and more.   Along with the family fun, fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with a celebrity horse or cheer on their favorite wiener dog, in support of two worthwhile charities;  the American Standardbred Adoption Program and West Burb Wieners. "We launched Americana Nights last year, and our fans had so much fun we planned an even bigger event this year," said Hawthorne Race Course President and General Manager Tim Carey. "Aside from the always exciting live harness racing, this event really has something that the entire family will enjoy from face painting to hayrides to the always entertaining Wiener Dog Races."   Family friendly event featuring something for racing fans of all ages: live harness racing, live music, track-side BBQ, craft beer specials and more.   HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE AMERICANA NIGHTS EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, July 14 Corona Koozie Gate Giveaway (for the first 600 patrons after 5 PM) Red, White, & Blue Wagon Races Face Painting & Balloon Artist Stilt Walker & Juggling Act by AcroDazzle Entertainment Live Music by Within4Days  Saturday, July 15 Vienna Beef Hot Dog Gate Giveaway (first 800 patrons after 4 PM) Red, White, & Blue Wagon Races Face Painting & Balloon Artist Stilt Walker & Juggling Act by AcroDazzle Entertainment Wiener Dog Races with West Burb Wieners with all proceeds to benefit the West Burb Wieners Live Music by Nygel Ajax Band   Americana Nights specialty reserved seating packages are available for groups of all sizes. To reserve a package or party, contact Guest Services at 708.780.7050. SUMMER RACING SCHEDULE: General Admission is $2. Hawthorne Race Course is located at 3501 S. Laramie in Stickney, IL (½ mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue). Live harness racing now through September 24 on Thursdays - Sundays.  For the complete 2017 racing schedule: http://hawthorneracecourse.com/.   EDITOR/REPORTER NOTE: Stunning HD b-roll video packages and HQ digital photos available for immediate use Interviews with track management, horsemen and drivers can be easily coordinated on all schedules Stable/paddock tours and Harness Racing 101 information available  

Trotters were featured on Sunday evening at Hawthorne as juvenile trotters kicked off the night in the Cardinal eliminations. The Cardinal is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters as a field of nine was set to meet the starter after the scratch of Two News. Favored was Vic's Pizza for driver-trainer Mike Brink. Getting away quickly from the outside was Jiggle the Handle, clearing the lead through :30.1. After a half in 1:oo.3, the 99-1 shot Jiggle The Handle maintained the lead. On the turn, Mt Erie Mafia took over, through three quarters in 1:32.0. In the lane, Jared Finn kept after Mt Erie Mafia, as he held sway, winning in 2:01.2. Fox Valley Strpwr was second while Krispy K finished third. Mt Erie Mafia is trained by J D Finn. Race two was the first of two divisions of the Violet eliminations for Illinois-bred two-year-old filly trotters as a field of eight took to the track. Favored was Good Design with Kyle Wilfong in the bike as they looked for consecutive wins to open her career. Making the lead from the inside was Sunny Sasha through a quarter in :30.3. On the backside, Jared Finn and Sunny Sasha kept the lead, trotting the half in 1:01.2. On the far turn, longshot New Queen moved to challenge but Sunny Sasha kept her lead, covering three quarters in 1:31.4. In the lane, Sunny Sasha was all out as Maui Mama cruised up on the outside for Casey Leonard to catch her on the wire. Good Design finished third. Final time for the mile was 2:00.3. Maui Mama is owned by H W Wright and trained by Mike Brink. Race three on Sunday was the second division of the Violet eliminations as eight lined up behind the starter. Favored was E L Miss Kaibra with Mike Oosting driving. Getting away for the lead was the favorite, making the quarter in :30.3. On the backstretch, longshot Frontier Jackie assumed the lead, as E L Miss Kaibra broke stride. The half was in 1:01.4 as Trotting Grace took over. After three quarters in 1:31.4, Trotting Grace opened up in the lane for Kyle Husted, winning by daylight in 2:00.4. Lous Silver Star finished second while Fox Valley Winnie was third. Trotting Grace is trained by Steve Searle. Race five was leg two action in the Beulah Dygert Memorial Trot for Illinois-bred three-year-old fillies as a field of ten took to the track. The favorite from the outside was Anna Lucky Star with Kyle Wilfong driving. Making the lead was Daisy Lou Duke from the rail, through the opening quarter in :29.4. On the backstretch, Lous Game N Match moved to press the leader as Daisy Lou Duke held her lead through the half in :59.3. On the turn, Kyle Husted kept Daisy Lou Duke up top, covering three quarters in 1:29.2. In the lane, Daisy Lou Duke battled but could not hold off the favorite as Annas Lucky Star rolled by in the final sixteenth to win in 1:57.0. Daisy Lou Duke held second while Fox Valley Ella was third. Annas Lucky Star is owned by Danny Graham and trained by Nelson Willis. Race eight on Sunday was leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot for Illinois-bred three-year-old colts and geldings. The heavy favorite from the field of eleven was Louscipher with Casey Leonard in the bike. Making the early lead was Trixie's Jethro for Jared Finn through the opening quarter in :30 and the half in :59.4. Into the turn, Trixie's Jethro continued to lead, pushed by Picky Picky Valor through three quarters in 1:29.1. Late in the lane, Trixie's Jethro gave way as favored Louscipher rolled up on the outside and drew clear, winning in 1:56.4. Picky Picky Valor got up for second while Muscle Image finished third. Louscipher is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (2 Wins), Tyler Shehan (2 Wins), James Lackey (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Mt Erie Mafia (2:01.2) Race 2 - Maui Mama (2:00.2) Race 3 - Trotting Grace (2:00.4) Race 4 - Uncle Si (1:54.1) Race 5 - Annas Lucky Star (1:57.0) Race 6 - Blissful Pansy (1:53.1) Race 7 - Fox Valley Ruby (1:55.0) Race 8 - Louscipher (1:56.4) Race 9 - Shotski (1:55.3) Race 10 - I Could Care Less (1:55.3) For full results click here. Jim Miller

Friday evening at Hawthorne featured Illinois-bred harness racing three-year-old filly pacers in leg two eliminations of the Plum Peachy Stakes. Race two kicked off the action as a field of seven lined up for the first division. Lady's Party was the heavy favorite with Casey Leonard in the bike. Getting away for the lead was Rousey Ronda from the outside as she quickly cleared through the quarter in :29.1. After a half in :58.1, Rousey Ronda maintained her lead as Lady's Party stalked the pace. In the turn, the favorite tipped out to make her move, challenging Rousey Ronda through three quarters in 1:26.0. In the lane, Princess Sage and Freddie Patton, Jr. rolled up alongside Lady's Party and went on by, winning by nearly two lengths in 1:53.2. Lady's Party held second while Dandy's Dududidudu closed to finish third. Princess Sage is owned by Keli Jo Bell and Freddie Patton, Jr. and trained by Freddie Patton, Jr. Race three was the second division of the Plum Peachy Eliminations as another seven horse field took to the track. My Kind Of Dance was sent off as the favorite with Casey Leonard driving. Making the top was San Antonio Rose from the inside but Hope Hotspur quickly challenged through the quarter in :28.3. Leading the field through the half in :57.3, Hope Hotspur maintained her lead into the turn. First to challenge was Ashlees Cocktail but Hope Hotspur led through three quarters in 1:26.3. in the lane, Ashlees Cocktail grabbed a brief lead but Fox Valley Dandy and Tim Curtain rallied past in the final sixteenth to get up by a length on the wire. My Mona Me closed to finish second while Ashlees Cocktail held third. Final time was 1:54.4. Fox Valley Dandy is owned by Hugh Lake and Susan Lacey and trained by Ray Hanna. Race four was the third division of the Plum Peachy as a field of eight was set to match up. Making the lead from the outside was Beamer N Bud, through a quarter in :28.3. The lead didn't last for long as A Real Doozie led briefly before Fancy Creek Jolene moved, but then broke stride. After a half in :56.4 and three quarters in 1:25.1, Filly Forty took over to battle A Real Doozie in the lane. Fighting back along the inside nearing the wire was A Real Doozie and Mike Oosting, drawing clear late. Filly Forty held second while Boogie on Down got up for third. A Real Doozie covered the mile in 1:53.4. A Real Doozie is owned by Ira Steinberg and trained by Mike Brink. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Mike Oosting (4 Wins), Tim Curtin (2 Wins) Trainers - Mike Brink (2 Wins), James Ellison (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Lumberjack Willie (1:54.3) Race 2 - Princess Sage (1:53.2) Race 3 - Fox Valley Dandy (1:54.4) Race 4 - A Real Doozie (1:53.4) Race 5 - Powder Keg (1:53.3) Race 6 - One and Only (1:54.0) Race 7 - Tookadiveoffdipper (1:53.3) Race 8 - Coal Hanover (1:51.3) Race 9 - Gorilla Monsoon (1:53.2) Race 10 - Yankee Bounty (1:51.2) Race 11 - Caffeine Kid (1:53.0) Race 12 - Brooklynite (1:53.0) Jim Miller

Hawthorne Race Course will offer a $17,500 guaranteed pool on tonight's Early Pick 5 as yet another competitive weekend of harness racing action kicks off. The popular 50 cent minimum bet, contested over the first five races of the night, was not hit last Sunday so it now features a carryover pool of more than $5,800 which will be added to Thursday night's action. Tonight's 10-race program is expected to get underway at 7:15 p.m. (central). That is just one of many big pools available to Hawthorne players each and every racing night as the season continues through September on a Thursday-Sunday schedule. Handicappers across North America can get a head start on the competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pool courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Jim Miller

Race five on Saturday evening was the harness racing feature at Hawthorne Racecourse as filly and mare open pacers battled. A field of nine lined up with OK Heavenly favored from the outside with driver Casey Leonard in the bike. Getting away for the lead was Kyles Secret, through a contested opening quarter in :28.0 On the backstretch, OK Heavenly moved to take over. After a half in :56.2, OK Heavenly maintained her advantage, covering three quarters in 1:25.0. Early in the lane, OK Heavenly was challenged by Ryleigh's Lilly and contended with that one to the eighth pole. After a stretch battle, OK Heavenly prevailed, holding off the late moves of Fresh Squeezed and Hipnumberone. OK Heavenly stopped the clock in 1:53.0. OK Heavenly is owned by Dandy Farms Inc. and Mark Winship and trained by Angela Coleman. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Kyle Wilfong (2 Wins), Mike Oosting (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Hot Cakes (1:55.3) Race 2 - Skyway Fireball (1:55.3) Race 3 - I Could Care Less (1:56.4) Race 4 - Northern B B (1:54.4) Race 5 - OK Heavenly (1:53.0) Race 6 - Misspanderosajones (1:56.1) Race 7 - Phenomenal (1:55.4) Race 8 - Schwarber (2:00.1) Race 9 - Wings (1:55.4) Race 10 - Wired Hanover (1:59.3) Race 11 - Sagebrush Sue (1:56.4) Race 12 - Galyns Gift (1:54.3) Jim Miller

Harness racing pacers were featured on the Hawthorne 2 race Friday evening card as races two and ten featured open-company. In the second race on the warm evening, a field of eight lined up. Leaving quickly was longshot Want Me, covering the quarter in :27.3. On the backside, Hot Rod Dylan took over through a half in :56.0. On the turn, Yankee Bounty moved to challenge through three quarters in 1:23.4. In the stretch, multiple horses battled, with Trashytonguetalker just getting up in time in 1:51.2. 50-1 shot Tyler The Terror rallied for second, while Hot Rod Dylan held third. Trashytonguetalker is owned by Terry Leonard and Chris Schick and trained by Terry Leonard. Race ten was the second group of open-company pacers with a field of eight after the scratches of Fan Of Terror and Dinky Dune. Favored was Best Man Hanover for driver Mike Oosting. Getting away for the lead was the favorite, through an opening quarter in :27.2. On the backside, Best Man Hanover maintained the lead through the half in :56.1. On the turn, Skim the Top moved out for a bid but Best Man Hanover remained in control through three quarters in 1:24.4. In the lane, Oosting kept Best Man Hanover to task, holding off Skim the Top by a half-length in 1:52.1. Mobil Big John closed to finish third. Best Man Hanover is owned by Sawgrass Farms LLC and trained by Perry Smith. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (4 Wins), Kyle Wilfong (2 Wins), Ridge Warren (2 Wins) Trainers - Terry Leonard (3 Wins), Tom Simmons (2 Wins), Perry Smith (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Sporty Redhot (1:53.1) Race 2 - Trashytonguetalker (1:51.2) Race 3 - Kelly D (1:51.3) Race 4 - Dakota Roadster (1:52.0) Race 5 - Richess Nestor (1:55.1) Race 6 - Major Bliss (1:52.3) Race 7 - Rockin Machine (1:53.2) Race 8 - KC Rambunctious Boy (1:53.0) Race 9 - Summer Shandy (1:54.0) Race 10 - Best Man Hanover (1:52.1) Race 11 - He Gone Jack (1:53.2.) Race 12 - Mystical Walter (1:53.0) 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  

Race four on Saturday evening kicked off the first of three finals as the Bob Larry final for harness racing pacers that had not won $30,000 lifetime through the end of March took place. Hot Rod Dylan was the heavy 2-5 favorite with driver Mike Oosting in the bike. Sporty Redhot got away quickly, through the opening quarter in :28.2. On the backstretch, the favorite took over, covering the half in :57.0 and three quarters in 1:25.3. In the lane, Oosting roused the favorite and he responded, holding sway for a length and a half score. Hot Rod Dylan stopped the clock in 1:52.2. Longshot Bowedfortyova closed to finish second while Sporty Redhot held third. Hot Rod Dylan is owned by Shirley Le Vin and trained by Nelson Willis. Race five was the final in the Mike Paradise series for Illinois-bred three-year-old pacers that were non-winners of $10,000 lifetime through the end of March. In Your Eye was sent away as the 8-5 choice for driver Ridge Warren. At the start, Commondiscourtesy got away fastest of all, covering the quarter in :28.2 and the half in :58.1. In the turn, second-choice Sullivan made a quick move, leading the field into the lane through three quarters in 1:25.4. In the stretch, Warren tipped In Your Eye wide as he closed with a rush, winning by a length-and-a-quarter. In Your Eye covered the mile in 1:54.2. Ima Skydancer finished second while Sullivan held third. In Your Eye is owned by James Behrendt and trained by Mike Brown. Race ten was the $20,000 featured Cicero Claiming Series final as Maserati Seelster looked for a series sweep and was sent away at 3-5. Driver Tyler Shehan sent the favorite away at the start, through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1. Mobil Big John chased the entire way, ranging up to challenge the favorite in the lane. After a stretch duel, Mobil Big John and driver Ryan Anderson emerged on top, catching Maserati Seelster, who was also outfinished by late-closing Bestnotlie Hanover. Mobil Big John finished in 1:52.3. The 7-2 second-choice is owned by Eulalia Rivera and trained by Loralee Johnson. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), James Lackey (2 Wins) Trainers - Nelson Willis (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Fresh Squeezed (1:52.4) Race 2 - Nevada Bluechip (1:56.0) Race 3 - Kyles Secret (1:53.4) Race 4 - Hot Rod Dylan (1:52.2) Race 5 - In Your Eye (1:54.2) Race 6 - Major Bliss (1:53.4) Race 7 - Jetting Around (1:54.3) Race 8 - Fox Valley Bailey (1:53.4) Race 9 - Rockinaroundheaven (1:54.4) Race 10 - Mobil Big John (1:52.3) Race 11 - Red Hot Art (1:54.0) Race 12 - If You Say So (1:55.3) Jim Miller

Race two on Friday was the second leg of the Daryl Busse series for harness racing three-year-old trotters as a competitive field of seven lined up. Taking early action and sent away as the favorite was Dr Spengler for driver Kyle Wilfong. At the start, Picky Picky Valor headed for the lead and covered the quarter in :32.0. Early on the backstretch, favored Dr Spengler moved to contend while hung wide through a half in 1:01.0. Into the turn, Dr Spengler broke stride, leaving Picky Picky Valor back on the lead through three quarters in 1:30.4. In the lane, Bands Houdini and Kyle Husted tipped out and took over as Picky Picky Valor broke stride. Bands Houdini was the easy winner in 2:00.2 over late closing Totally Pazzazzed. Southern Stargazer finished third. Bands Houdini is trained by Steve Searle and owned in partnership by Searle and Flacco Family Farms, LLC. Race three on Friday was the second leg of the Bea Farber series for trotters with a field of eight. Energy Bar took late action and was sent away as the favorite from the inside draw. Leaving quickly from the outside was Hatfield and Mccoy but BC's Da Winner made the lead, covering the quarter in :29.0. BC's Da Winner maintained his lead through the half in :59.1. On the turn, Energy Bar moved to challenge through three quarters in 1:28.4. In the lane, BC's Da Winner battled on, but I Could Care Less and driver Keith Crawford rolled up in the center of the track and cruised on by to a victory in 1:58.4. Energy Bar got up for second while BC's Da Winner held on for third. Race four featured open pacers with a field of eight. Evergreen Elite was the favorite from the barn of trainer Ken Rucker. Leaving for the lead was Yankee Bounty, but Evergreen Elite rushed away to the front through the quarter in :27.2. On the backside, Account Rollover moved to challenge through a snappy half in :55.3. Evergreen Elite fought back on the turn and led the field into the lane in 1:24.0. In the stretch, Evergreen Elite and Mike Oosting battled on, drawing clear to win in 1:53. Yankee Bounty finished second while I'm An Athlete closed for third. Evergreen Elite Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Kyle Wilfong (2 Wins), Mike Oosting (2 Wins) Trainers - Dane May (2 Wins)   Race Winners Race 1 - Dinky Dune (1:54.3) Race 2 - Bands Houdini (2:00.2) Race 3 - I Could Care Less (1:58.4) Race 4 - Evergreen Elite (1:53.0) Race 5 - IYQ YQR (1:54.0) Race 6 - Dakota Roadster (1:53.2) Race 7 - Wildcat Hilton (1:55.) Race 8 - Want Me (1:53.3) Race 9 - Trashytonguetalker (1:53.4) Race 10 - Outlawdangruswatrs (1:55.4)   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

The evening opened with the first division of leg two action in the David Magee series for harness racing three-year-old Illinois-bred pacing fillies. A field of eight lined up as C Far, a second-place finisher in leg one, was sent off as the favorite. Leaving for the lead was the favorite but Smiles Ahead was quicker to the front through the opening quarter in 29.1. On the backstretch, Kyle Wilfong kept Smiles Ahead on top through the half in :58.4. After three quarters in 1:27.2, C Far was asked to challenge while three wide. Battling through the lane, C Far just got up in time, winning by a neck for driver/trainer Gary Rath. Smiles Ahead finished second while Jewels Hall closed for third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.1. Race three was the second division of leg two of the David Magee as leg one winner Lady's Party was sent off as the heavy favorite. Getting away quickly was Lady's Party and Casey Leonard but she was challenged early by Rousey Ronda. Lady's Party covered the opening quarter in :28.3 and dictated the pace through a half in :58.3. On the far turn, Lady's Party continued to be pressed by Rousey Ronda through three quarters in 1:27.4. Roused into the lane, Lady's Party responded and drew clear, winning by five lengths in 1:55.3. Rousey Ronda was a clear second while Beamer N Bud finished third. Lady's Party is trained by Mike Titus. Race seven drew a field of 11 to contest the second leg of the Walter Paisley series for filly and mare pacers. Phyllis Jean was favored from the outside draw. At the start, Burry Me Inthesand set the pace through a quarter in :27.4 and a half in :57.0. On the turn, Alabamashakey moved to contend and headed Burry Me Inthesand through three quarters in 1:26.0. In the stretch, Burry Me Inthesand regained her advantage and opened up on the lead but Phyllis Jean came flying on the outside for driver Casey Leonard to roll on to a two and a half length win in 1:53.3. Burry Me Inthesand held on for second while Hope Hotspur finished third. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (4 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - C Far (1:56.1) Race 2 - Doyoudesiremyheart (1:55.1) Race 3 - Lady's Party (1:55.3) Race 4 - PJ Boy (2:01.1) Race 5 - Just Bogo (1:58.1) Race 6 - Dumas Gram (1:55.3) Race 7 - Phyllis Jean (1:53.3) Race 8 - Sharkfire (1:55.0) Race 9 - Look At Luke Smile (1:57.0) 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 (708) 780-3671, JimMiller@ClubHawthorne.com

Harness racing from Hawthorne Raceway. Weather/Racing Conditions – Clear, 65 degrees, Fast track Race Winners Race 1 – Buster Moon (1:58.2) Race 2 – Finewineandcaviar  (1:59.3) Race 3 –Betorluckythangood  (1:58) Race 4 – Lakeside Ms Queen (1:57.1) Race 5 – Gran San  (1:58) Race 6 – A Real Doozie  (1:57.3) Race 7 – Heartland Revenue  (1:55.2) Race 8 – Dumas Gram  (1:56.1) Race 9 – Jaded Truth  (1:56.1) Race 10 – Pretty Image (1:54) Race 11 – Fox Valley Bailey  (1:56.1) Race 12 – Libby’s Idea  (1:56.3) Multi-Win Evenings Drivers – Michael Oosting (3 Wins), Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Dale Hiteman (2 Wins) Trainers – Frank Petrelli (2 Wins) Featured Races of the Night Race 4 – Peter Galassi leg 1 elimination. For pacers, fillies and mares, non-winners of $10,000 lifetime.  Favored Lakeside Ms Queen and driver Dale Hiteman controlled the pace through fractions of :30.1, 1:00.2, and 1:30.0 before drawing away in the lane to win by open lengths in 1:57.1. Rear View was second, followed by IYQ BNU.  Lakeside Ms Queen is owned by Jace Sundeen and Denise Jarka and trained by Jace Sundeen. Race 7 – Phil Georgeff leg 1 elimination. For three-year-old colts and geldings, non-winners of $10,000 lifetime.  Early in the race, driver Mike Oosting moved Heartland Revenue to the front and backed down the pace through fractions of :29.4, :59.0, and 1:28.0.  In the stretch, both Getting Rowdy and favored Mr McDreamy tipped wide to challenge, but were unable to get to Heartland Revenue.  Heartland Revenue won for trainer Tom Simmons in 1:55.2.  Getting Rowdy finished second while Mr McDreamy was third.  Heartland Revenue is owned by Glen Bauman. Jim Miller

May 9, 2017 (Stickney, IL) Harness Racing returns to Hawthorne Race Course on Thursday, May 11 with a series of exciting opening weekend events.     As the track puts final touches on a dramatic conversion of its facility from thoroughbred to standard-bred racing, which included removing over 11,000 TONS of sand, horsemen and race fans are clamoring for the opportunity to win on opening weekend.     Track officials are expecting full capacity fields of horses based on early entries and several thousand fans on-site to witness the extreme sport of summer harness racing.   "Harness racing is such a dynamic exciting sport that is so uniquely American," said Tim Carey, president and general manager of Hawthorne Race Course.  "And we have some of the best drivers in the country who come to Hawthorne to compete. Fans will have the chance to see the best of the best race."     HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE HARNESS RACING OPENING WEEKEND EVENTS: Opening Night on Thursday, May 11 with the First Post at 7:10 PM featuring free $500 "Pick 6 Contest." Fan Friendly Fridays begins on Friday, May 12 after 5 PM $2 admission and a Live Racing Program. Party with Corona on Saturday, May 13 featuring live music by Bifunkal, outdoor BBQ, Corona Gate Giveaway  and $3 Retro Beer Night. The first 500 guests will receive a free Koozie with paid admission after 5 PM. Mother's Day Cash Giveaway on Sunday, May 14 opportunities to enter to win up to a $1000 in cash giveaways.   The recently opened Tito's Stable Bar featuring two-tiered TV display and reserved seating along with private booths with TVs for personal viewing offers the ultimate racing experience. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Guest Services at 708.780.3733. SUMMER RACING SCHEDULE: General Admission is $2. Hawthorne Race Course is located at 3501 S. Laramie in Stickney, IL (½ mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue). Live harness racing begins on May 11 through September 24 on Thursdays - Sundays.  For the complete 2017 racing schedule: http://hawthorneracecourse.com/.   EDITOR/REPORTER NOTE: Stunning HD b-roll video packages and HQ digital photos available for immediate use Interviews with track management, horsemen and drivers can be easily coordinated on all schedules Stable/paddock tours and Harness Racing 101 information available ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE   Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 5th 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 125 year old facility hosts thoroughbred racing in the Spring and Fall/Winter, and standardbred harness racing in January and the Summer.  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.  

Harness Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter their two-year-olds for this year’s Illinois Conceived and Foaled stakes program, that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Saturday, April 15th. The fee for this season’s two-year-old events is $1,250. Horsemen are also reminded that the deadline for entries to the Cicero  Claiming Series at Hawthorne are due by April 24th. Nominating fees range from $200 to $400 for this series based on the event and claiming price horses are being entered for. Entry forms and schedules for all stakes and late closers can be found at www.hawthorneracecourse.com. All payments should be made payable to Suburban Downs and sent to: Hawthorne Race Course Att. Bookeeper 3501 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 780-3700  

The Illinois Racing Board Feb. 28 conditionally approved transferring $500,000 of its "surplus" operating funds to bolster purses at the state's three remaining tracks. The tracks agreed to the details of the transfer. Horsemen's groups, however, raised some concerns and said they need more information before they decide whether to support enabling legislation. The ensuing lengthy discussion prompted IRB chairman Jeffrey Brincat to reiterate, "I never thought it would be so hard to give away a half-a-million dollars."   The proposal, eventually approved on a vote of 8-1, would provide $259,662 for the purse account at Arlington International Racecourse, $120,406 for Hawthorne Race Course, $37,475 for downstate Fairmount Park and $120,406 for harness purses at Hawthorne.   "Anything we can do to increase purses, we're all for it," said Hawthorne president Tim Carey. Hawthorne eliminated its stakes schedule in 2016 to maintain overnight purse levels.   "Fairmount purses are at the poverty level," said that track's president, Brian Zander. "Any little amount is appreciated."   Arlington general manager Tony Petrillo noted Arlington trimmed $500,000 from this year's stakes schedule to reallocate money to the overnight purse structure. "You have our full support," he said.   Board staff said the money is surplus from the appropriation for the current fiscal year because of economies and a reduced need for regulation due to a dramatic decline in harness race dates after the demise of Balmoral and Maywood Park.   Representatives of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Illinois Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Foundation both said they support the idea of hiking purses. But they urged the money be used to fund races written for Illinois-bred horses, which carry awards for owners and breeders.   And the ITHA, echoing sentiments expressed by the harness horsemen's group, said its members need further assurance that the redistribution of IRB funds will not result in a demand for more detailed scrutiny of their internal finances.   Dan Sullivan, outgoing president of the IBTOF, said breeding numbers in Illinois have declined precipitously, threatening the availability of horses in the near future.   "If we don't keep the numbers up," Sullivan told the commissioners, "you won't have a job to do in another three or four years, maximum."   ITHA president Mike Campbell added, "The reality of it is that we've got to enhance the Illinois product."   Sullivan and Campbell argued the state's tracks are not meeting their legal obligation to card two Illinois-bred races per program, which led to a protracted debate over the difficulty of matching horses to fields in conditions likely to fill.   "The statute says we're entitled to two races a day and here's the funding to support that," Sullivan said.   The ITHA and harness horsemen again raised fears that switching funding from the IRB operating account to horsemen's purses might open their organization to demands for internal records. Board staff said there is no intent to do that and nothing in the proposal that would trigger expanded oversight.   The lone "no" vote was cast by commissioner Robert Schiewe Jr., who questioned the legality of the transfer and the allocation among the tracks. His motion to table the discussion until the March meeting failed on a vote of 2-7.   The funds transfer is contingent on approval of legislation changing the purpose of the IRB appropriation from "regulation" of racing to "regulation and promotion" of racing. IRB staff said "promotion" would cover using operating funds for purses, which would promote the popularity of the state's product and generate more handle.   The legislation is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee. By Bob Kieckhefer Reprinted with permission of The Bloodhorse

Must-see Presentation for New or Veteran Fans of harness racing to Showcase New Trend in "Fractional Ownership" of Race Horses on Feb. 22   Hawthorne Race Course is proud to present a fractional ownership seminar conducted by Anthony MacDonald founder of The Stable.ca. This cooperative horse ownership group is drawing praise for its innovative efforts to engage new fans into the business and excitement of modern horseracing. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Club Hawthorne off-track betting parlor and sports bar in Oakbrook Terrace located at 17 West 648 22nd Street. This event is free and open to the public, reservations are suggested, please call 630-627-8238.   Fractional horse ownership offers new and veteran harness racing enthusiasts a chance to experience the thrill and excitement of true horse ownership. By providing a limited risk low cost entry to become a horse owner, TheStable.ca bridges the gap to the public. In this way, trainers have an opportunity to grow their business and breeders can have a better chance to get fair value for yearlings. The MacDonald's have proven fractional ownership can work as the number of owners in their stable has grown from 3 to just over 200 in under two years. Part of the reason for the dramatic increase is because 76 of the original 78 fractional owners returned to buy shares in year two. As is evident, the MacDonald's are doing something right and now patrons will have a chance to hear how it is done.   "Bar none, there is nothing as thrilling as watching "your" horse race from the moment they leave the starting gate to when they take that final corner. We are sure groups of friends will decide to share in the excitement and go in on a horse together," said President and General Manager of Hawthorne Race Course Tim Carey. "This is the most straightforward and accessible way to become a horse owner and to develop long-lasting relationships within the racing community."   The Stable simplifies buying and owning a horse with a low risk way to purchase yearlings which allows owners to buy a small or large share by catering to all budgets. With their unique single share purchase program, each horse has an initial offering of 100 shares and, buyers can participate in racehorse ownership starting at one percent up to a hundred percent.   Fractional horse ownership provides an open, affordable, fractional purchase program, with a flat rate, no-surprises monthly billing system. "I'm not trying to sell anybody magic beans. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for anybody, on any budget to get involved in horse racing. Whether you are a seasoned horse owner or new to the horse racing world, we want our investors to be informed," explained TheStable.ca Founder Anthony MacDonald. "It doesn't matter if you only own one percent of a horse; on race night, that's your horse. The whole point is to get people enthusiastic about owning horses again."   Two years ago, Anthony and his wife Amy started TheStable.ca. At that time the couple had three horses under their care and today they are managing a stable of 62 horses, 40 of them are two-year old's. The model of TheStable.ca focuses on customer service and entertainment while employing benefits for both new and longtime harness fans.   According to Keith Gisser of The Daily Racing Form, "Fractional ownership is a winning concept. It can, in some instances, cost a participant less than a night at the track, and it gives the participant a chance to get all the trappings of ownership (except a name in the program) with no risk other than the initial investment."   Anthony MacDonald is a well-known Canadian horseman and businessman with over 20 years experience in the horse-racing industry. As an owner, trainer, and driver, he has competed in the biggest harness racing events in North America with multiple wins in Stake races. MacDonald has been one of Canada's top-ranked drivers for purse winnings and number of starts by a driver.   In 2011, MacDonald was ranked third in Canada for number of wins. He recently passed $23-million in career purse money earnings as a driver.   MacDonald regularly participates in programs to support harness racing in rural Ontario. He volunteers at youth and adult harness racing camps at Grand River Raceway, offers seminars in handicapping and takes every opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the sport.   The Stable was created by avid harness racing enthusiasts Anthony and Amy MacDonald and after only a year in business, TheStable.ca has more than 160 owners. The Stable gives buyers and investors the opportunity to make decisions about potential horse ownership, or allows owners to keep up to date on their yearling's progress by reviewing pedigrees and videos, or reading weekly updates from the trainers, veterinarians and blacksmiths as they give their assessments of their yearlings in training.   For additional information: www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com | Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne | @ClubHawthorne.      

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