Spoke with Clay today and we’re shipping MJ to run in Ohio (licensing run around day for Ted!). The purse at Hawthorne at $5,000 is $8800 while the purse at Thistledown for the same race is $13,000. With the political climate in Illinois making it iffy if Hawthorne will even run next year, Clay is looking for a new spot, just in case he needs to move and Ohio racing is on the climb (slot money) so he’s going to give it the once over next week.
The race is October 1, race 6, going 5 1/2 furlongs over the main track.
Ted what is happening with the political climate in Illinois?
There is a dispute between Hawthorne and Arlington for dates and the legislature keeps passing some form of slots which the governor(s) have refused to sign. The dates for 2015 are scheduled for discussion and awarding the end of the month and, in Clay’s words, “I hear it doesn’t look good for Hawthorne”.
There’s a lot more to it but I don’t follow it that closely plus I only have so much space on the blog!
I hit the send button to fast, how many horses is Clay taking to Ohio? Is it just for this one race? Is MJ staying there?
There are 3 making the trip down – all 3 expected to be favorites. If they don’t get claimed, they will head back to IL as far as I know now – Clay doesn’t have stalls at Thistledown, though he’s giving the place the once over and will talk to the folks there and check it out.
Good planning on Clay’s part. It would be unfortunate if Hawthorne were to lose the date. It is such a good place for horses both from Prairie Meadows and Canterbury to go in the fall and run on dirt in the late winter early spring.
Go Mary Jean and safe trip for all partied
Previous year’s horse, Ask Eddy, is running at Thistledown on 9-28 – 2nd race. GO MJ!! Has she ever been there before?
She has not.
Is Terice still running on Oct 3 at Hawthorne?
That’s what we’re aiming for but nothing is official until the entries are drawn the middle of the week.
Of course – Thanks!!
In the Hawthorne Condition Book, It looks like the $8000 claimer for Fillies for 1 mile on the Turf looks like Oct. 4 and not Oct. 3. Look forward to seeing her either day when she runs!
Ask Eddy was 1 length winner today in his race at Thistledown. His usual come from behind winning way.
It was a lovely effort. Eddy looked good and won as the 2-1 favorite.
I put $6 W/P/S on Eddy and won $7. YEA EDDY!!
Ted, will you be posting a race preview?
Yes. Later tonight.
Can someone post the results of the race right after the race? Ill be working and cant watch.
I’ll try. I’m attending the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and I’ll be working as well, but someone usually gets it up in the comments pretty quickly.
2nd. Clearly 2nd best. Winner shook loose and we couldn’t catch her from so far back.