06/11/2001 12:00AM

Cadman takes riding title


STICKNEY, Ill. - Zoe Cadman held off Chris Emigh by 36 wins to 33 and won the Hawthorne jockey's title. She is the first woman to win a riding title in Chicago and the first apprentice to win a title since E.T. Baird led the Hawthorne standings in 1986.

Cadman, 26, launched her career at Arlington less than a year ago, but has seen success at all three Chicago-area tracks. She took command of Hawthorne's jockey's race at mid-meet and finished strongly to beat Emigh, who won more than his typical share of races in the last two weeks.

Mike Reavis won the Hawthorne training title, 12 wins to 11, over Tom Dorris.

Hawthorne's six-week spring meet saw increases in handle figures. Average daily handle from all sources was $2,478,624 and ontrack handle $286,724. Both figures exceeded totals from Hawthorne's fall meet last year. The daily average from all sources was up 24 percent, from $1,991,584, while ontrack handle increased 23 percent, from $232,835.

Hawthorne will run another meet this year beginning in early November.