Friday and Saturday are the final days of the fall Hawthorne meet, though the meet titles were awarded after . After a head-and-head battle in the trainer race, it was perennial Fairmount Park training champion Scott Becker who scored his first Chicago-area title, eclipsing James DiVito by one win.
This weekend’s Chicago Railbird takes a look at Scott Becker, his background, and three races in which he sends runners during the final two days of the meet.
With local racing in Chicago being on hold until the spring meet starts on February 20, Chicago Railbird will be moving from twice per week to once per week through the winter. Fear not, for it will still be a going concern. Instead of handicapping, however, it will focus on interesting horses, stories, and pieces of history from Illinois racing. Come the spring meet, focus will shift back to handicapping.
However, the meet is not over yet. There are still two days to go, and Chicago Railbird is there!