Hawthorne Cancels Card After 4 Races

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The Saturday Hawthorne card was cancelled following race four as unseasonably warm conditions caused a thaw of the racing surface, making for unsafe conditions. In recent weeks, rain, snow, and temperatures well below normal had led to a track that had held quite a bit of moisture. Saturday was the first day in weeks that temps had risen well above freezing, causing the thaw. The track crew will be working the track through the night to float out the remaining water and racing is expected to go on without issue for the closing day card on Sunday.

In race 4, #2 – Hitthelights appeared to clip heels in the turn, unseating jockey Heidi Rose. Racing immediately behind Hitthelights was Miraculous Mike, who fell over that runner, unseating jockey Inosencio Diego. Both Hitthelights and Miraculous Mike got up and escaped injury. Jockeys Rose and Diego were transported to Loyola Medical Center. Rose was being treated for soreness in her collarbone along with being testing for a possible concussion. Diego was being treated for soreness in a knee.

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  • betterthannothing

    “unseasonably warm conditions caused a thaw of the racing surface, making for unsafe conditions.”

    Otherwise, is that sorry track racing those poor horses over frozen ground?

    • Steve Andersen

      I am by no means an expert but suspect the base is firmer when “frozen” with a groomed cushion on top which is why the supers work the surface 24/7 in the winter to keep the cushion in place, when it warms it loses it’s “foundation” per say.

      So no, they are not running on a frozen surface but rather a frozen base with a cushion on top.

      Track supers know their stuff, it’s Mother Nature they fight and she can be quite fickle at times.

      • betterthannothing

        Steve, thanks.

        About 2 years ago, I read an honest and brutal article (It might have been quickly removed for PR purpose) about the hell jockeys and horses go through racing at Turfway Park in the winter. They need to spread themselves out and run wide to avoid ice balls that cut and bruise horses and riders and shatter goggles already compromised by freezing temperatures, etc.

        Of course in a perfect world, horses would not be forced to run in the dead of winter or in extreme heat, humidity and air pollution and those tend to be the poorest and cheapest of all race horses…

  • Roisin

    Cancel, period ! The track was fine for the first 3 races until race # 4 and the spill that could have been a disaster !!!

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