by Al Cimaglia
February 17, 2018
It's a big night of racing at Hawthorne, with co-features for pacers rolling in Race 5 and Race 7. The first headliner is the Doc Walker Final for Illinois bred 3-year-old fillies with a $25,000 purse. The Terry Hunt Final for 3-year-old colts and geldings is the co-headliner and it also has a $25,000 purse. The 0.50 Late Pick 4 sequence with a $15,000 guaranteed pool begins in Race 6.
The Jackpot Hi-5 will be contested in Race 9 and there is a $204,195 carryover going into tonight's mandatory payout.
Drivers Brandon Bates, Kyle Wilfong and Ryan Anderson led all pilots with two trips to the winner's circle. Anderson recorded lifetime wins 3,000 and 3,001. Trainer Tim Hall was the top conditioner with three pictures.
The winners of the Own a Horse Sweepstakes will be announced tonight, and they will receive two shares of an Illinois bred 2-year-old trotting filly. The event is sponsored by Hawthorne in conjunction with TheStable.ca.
Comments below for the Jackpot Hi-5 are based on a fast track.
Race 9-Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout
1 - Ricky Bobbie (4-1) - Widger takes a seat, drops to the lowest level of the meet and could be sitting on a big try.
2 - Cole Heat (12-1) - Doesn't like to pass horses in the lane. Steps up, would need some luck to hit bottom of ticket.
3 - Sunset Dreamer (9/2) - Would need best effort for a 3-5 finish, could happen with a late charge.
4 - Luke's Rocketman (6-1) - Makes 4th start of meet, gets a positive driver change but has been off since 1-26.
5 - Fox Valley Cupid (7/2) - Program chalk hasn't been able to get a local win. Form is spotty, but this is a soft group.
6 - Uptown Sleaze (9/2) - Excuse in last, now Warren steers which is a plus. Fits and looks like a major player.
7 - Medicine Hat (15-1) - Steps up after beating easier, looks to be an outsider tonight.
8 - Delight Fashion (15-1) - If pace is quick could hit the bottom of the Hi-5 but is trip dependent.
9 - Total Sin (12-1) - Team Leonard trainee is 0-38 but it's the 2nd start since switching barns, will use on the ticket.
My Hi-5 ticket will be built around #6-Uptown Sleaze and #1-Ricky Bobbie.
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