For racing fans who appreciate seeing horses run on
actual dirt, here's mud in your eye: Hawthorne Race Course opens its
fall meet on Friday afternoon.
And it won't take long to get right down to the
nitty-gritty because a day later the track will host the 74th running
of the Grade II $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup, a stepping stone for older
horses prepping for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
"I believe we will have a tremendous meet this fall,"
Hawthorne assistant general manager Jim Miller said. "The backstretch
is full and our strong opening-day entries should be a sign of what we
will see for the entire meet.