04/02/2010 11:00PM

Campbell, Razo heading elsewhere


STICKNEY, Ill. - Change seems firmly implanted in the jockey standings at Hawthorne Race Course, with Tanner Riggs well on his way to a second straight riding title here. Riggs, who won his first riding title at the meet that ended Jan. 2, is a relative Hawthorne newcomer, as are Inosencio Diego, Julio Felix, and Francisco Giles, all of whom currently inhabit top-10 positions in the local colony.

Something similar could be afoot at Arlington Park this summer. Chicago regular Jesse Campbell is on his way back from a broken foot suffered Nov. 28 at Fair Grounds, but said Saturday he will summer in Louisiana rather than at Arlington. Same with Arlington stalwart Eddie Razo, whose agent, Lindy McDaniel, said on Saturday that Razo is headed to Prairie Meadows for the summer.

"The purses there are pretty good, and a few people we ride for aren't really coming back to Arlington," McDaniel said. "It's just something we decided we'd do."

Razo, whose business has picked up recently at Hawthorne, will head to Prairie Meadows on April 12, McDaniel said. The Prairie Meadows meet starts April 23. Arlington begins its meet on April 29.

Campbell, meanwhile, still is waiting for broken bones in his foot to fully mend. Off to a strong start at Fair Grounds last fall, Campbell was thrown by an Eric Guillot-trained horse the morning of Nov. 28, suffering a broken hand, and later that day, in the paddock, another Guillot horse flipped over with Campbell on his back, breaking the rider's foot.

"It's sure taking a long time, but doctors say about four months is about right, considering what I do," said Campbell.

Campbell said he'll leave Chicago for Louisiana on April 10, and will ride at both Louisiana Downs and Evangeline Downs through the summer.

"I can ride six days a week, and there's more money there," Campbell said. "I got way more business there than I do here right now. My goal is to be leading rider at Louisiana Downs and carry that business over to the Fair Grounds."

Roussel has two for feature

Tuesday's nine-race card here came up light on both quality and quantity: Featured race 7 is for entry-level route allowance horses, and drew just six entrants.

The field includes a Louie Roussel-trained entry of Gold Legion and Goaltogoal which figures to be favored. Goaltogoal looks more like a sprinter than a route horse, but Gold Legion has scored both his wins over the Hawthorne dirt track.