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Casey Soars to 2,000th Driving Win

By Mike Paradise It seems it wasn’t that long ago that I was offering congratulations to Casey Leonard on reaching 1,000 career winners as a driver. Now just a little less than three years later the 38-year-old Harvard, Illinois native has soared past the 2,000 plateau. That major milestone came about Saturday night at Hawthorne […]

Saturday’s Open Pace is Just That

By Mike Paradise Hawthorne’s $10,000 Open Pace returns Saturday night with a slightly different look than a week ago when the ICF pacer Cole Heat pulled off a stunner when he popped at 44-1 odds with a torrid stretch move. The 8-year-old Ray Hanna pacer is back with driver Ridge Warren(pictured) and could offer inviting […]

Friday Night Lights Shine on Distaff Open

By Mike Paradise   Quaid Racing’s Char N Marg goes after her fourth consecutive victory Friday night at Hawthorne and her second straight in the $10,000 Open Pace with the meet’s leading driver Casey Leonard. The 3-year-old Nelson Willis trained filly and her driver took advantage of a torrid early dual a week ago between the […]

Freshmen Trotters Make Their Debut

By Mike Paradise We get our first look at 2-year-old trotters on Thursday’s 10-race card at Hawthorne and on the same program a bevy of freshman pacers, mostly ICF colts or geldings, head to the starting gate for the first time in a pari-mutuel race. The juvenile trot will go as race five in what […]

Casey on a Roll

By Mike Paradise Casey Leonard isn’t just closing in on 2,000 career driving victories he’s achieving that milestone in impressive fashion. The 38-year-old native drove six first place finishers on Sunday’s Hawthorne card and goes into this week with 1,996. Casey’s six wins on Sunday followed a four-bagger last Thursday, two more on Friday and […]