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Archive for Tuesday, May 25, 1999

LAWRENCE NATIVE SHINES AT CHICAGO TRACK

May 25, 1999

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— A Lawrence native stole the show during Saturday's Illinois Day '99 card at Hawthorne Race Course.

Trainer Tom Swearingen saddled the winner of three of the day's six stake races.

Swearingen, 39, began the stakes parade with Key's To Astra in the $75,000 Violet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Key's To Astra was the 9-10 favorite.

Jaguar Key gave Swearingen his second winner of the day in the $75,000 Land Of Lincoln Stakes. Jaguar Key went off as the 8-5 favorite.

Swearingen's third winner came in the $75,000 Governor's Lady Handicap with 9-1 outsider Nicky D. Taylor.

Swearingen, a Lawrence High graduate, grew up on a farm northeast of Lawrence and attended Kansas State where he studied pre-veterinary medicine and animal science.

Swearingen led all Hawthorne trainers in 1998 with four stakes wins, incluidng a sweep of the two-year-old races in the Illinois Sires Series.

Swearingen, who has his own stable in St. Charles, Ill., currently ranks third on the trainer chart at this year's meeting.

His father, Tom Sr., is exhibits director of the Kansas Natural History Museum.

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