Tuesday, March 31 2009


52nd Illinois Derby Draws Eleven


Stickney, IL---While only one graded-stakes winner is entered for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby, that doesn’t mean a superstar won’t emerge, either this Saturday or the first Saturday in May.

Musket Man, mild upset winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, will face ten challengers, including the highly touted Illinois-bred Giant Oak, as eleven 3-year-olds try to punch their ticket to the Kentucky Derby.





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Saturday, March 28 2009


‘Giant’ Question Mark


Will he or won’t he?

That’s the question circulating around the Chicago racing community regarding Giant Oak, the Illinois-bred chestnut colt, who might make his next start in the $500,000 Grade 2 Illinois Derby, on Saturday April 4. Might? What gives?

“We’re gonna enter him on Monday,” said Chris Block, Giant Oak’s locally-based trainer. “After that, several factors will determine whether to run him here or in the Bluegrass.”





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Thursday, March 05 2009


100th Anniversary Kicks off with Promotional Race


WHAT: Opening day, March 6th, 2009, will mark the 100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. This anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. The races will kick off at 12:20 p.m. with a special, local celebrity 1/16th mile sprint in the style of racing from 100 years ago with a rope line start. Racing in this special event will be radio “jockeys” John “Jurko” Jurkovich, Harry Teinowitz and Carmen DeFalco of the Afternoon Saloon show and Tom Waddle of Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000. Morning show host Marc Silverman will call the race live on-air.





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Wednesday, March 04 2009


WE’RE BACK!—AND CELEBRATING!


HERE WE GO!

It’s been about seven weeks since Chicagoland last saw live Thoroughbred racing. For some, that seven-week period went by in a flash. For others, it was an eternity. You could count most of us in that latter category.

But, we’re back. Finally!





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Tuesday, March 03 2009


Hawthorne Introduces New Rebate Package


Stickney, IL-Hawthorne Race Course has introduced a multi-tier benefits package which at its highest level will become the best rebate program at any track in America.

The four-level rebate begins with “Member” status, where any Club Hawthorne member will receive one percent back on all wagers; moves to “Silver Player” when rebates can reach two percent if the player wagers $1000 during a 30-day period; it then escalates to “Gold Player” distinction, with three percent* rebates attached to all players who wager $5,000 during a 30-day period; and finally the “Platinum Player” maximizes their rebate at four percent* by wagering $15,000 during a 30-day period.





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Thursday, February 26 2009


Hawthorne and the Carey’s Celebrate 100th Anniversary


Stickney, Ill.— Opening day, March 6th, 2009, will mark the100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. The anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. As the longest running sports venue in Illinois, Hawthorne Race Course has been an integral player in the legendary heritage of Chicago sports entertainment and is proud to kick off a thrilling new season.

Since Thomas Carey first purchased the estate back in 1909, Hawthorne Race Course has been able to revive horseracing in Chicago time and again due to continuously placing fans in the middle of all the fast paced action and pure excitement involved in the sport. According to 4th generation president and general manager of Hawthorne, Tim Carey, they are looking forward to yet another tremendous year of stimulating racing in 2009. “I really believe we’re on the cusp of a terrific season,” said Carey.





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Friday, January 16 2009


Big Meet by Karlsson, Solid Figures Kick Off 100 Year Celebration at Hawthorne


Stickney, IL--Hawthorne Race Course, racing beyond the 31st of December for the second straight year, was able to escape the brunt of the unusually harsh weather (even by Chicago standards), and finish the 2008/2009-fall/winter-meet on an uplifting note.

For the first time since 2001, a woman jockey wore the riding crown at Hawthorne, when Inez Karlsson, an apprentice rider for all but four days of the meet, beat out veteran Chris Emigh by 12 wins. The 25-year-old Swedish import, took the lead for good on December 18, and then drew off down the stretch to post the most unlikely upset. Her final win tally was 82.





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Sunday, December 21 2008


Hawthorne Cancels Sunday Program-December 21


Due to impending weather, Hawthorne Race Course will cancel live racing on Sunday, December 21. The track remains open for simulcasting both day and night.

Racing will resume on Friday, December 26 with a ten-race card; first post at 1:35 pm.





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Saturday, December 20 2008


Ninth race accident


Stickney, IL--On a day when Hawthorne Race Course established a new record carryover for its Pick Six, the final race on the card ended with an accident, resulting in three horses not finishing the race, and three jockeys thrown from their respective mounts.

The incident occurred down the backstretch when the first-time starter Big Twister went down, tossing jockey Gabriel Lagunes. Both G. I. Moe with jockey Lyndie Wade in the saddle, and Mister Scott ridden by Jesse Lantz were unable to avoid the fallen horse, and they do were unceremoniously thrown to the ground.





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Record Carryover in Hawthorne Pick Six $96,932


Stickney, IL-As if everyday at Hawthorne isn’t a treat, you get an added bonus on Saturday, December 20, when the Pick Six begins the day with a carryover of $96,932.

The carryover is the largest in Hawthorne history.





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Friday, December 19 2008


Hawthorne Handicapping Challenge Goes to Thoroughbred Owner


Stickney, IL--Prominent owner Jeff Barnes has not only been having a good Hawthorne fall meet with his horses but he just earned a trip to Las Vegas…along with $25,000 to spend and an entry into the Coast Casino Horseplayer World Series contest. In fact, Jeff won two entries into the contest. He not only finished first in the overall handicapping event, he won the Sunday’s series of qualifiers, earning another entry. But, since only one entry per person is allowed, Jeff magnanimously passed the other entry to a friend. What a guy!

The contest, held on December 13 and 14 awarded the players who earned the most money with a starting bankroll of $250 on both Saturday and Sunday. There was no entry fee and the players kept all winnings.





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Sunday, December 14 2008


Summer’s Empire prevails in Edgar Futurity


Stickney, IL--Conditions for the 30th running of the $110,075 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity were less than ideal as nine two-year-old colts and geldings did battle in the one mile and one-sixteenths event. But nothing could stop the odds-on favorite Summer’s Empire from rolling home a one-length winner over Last Demand through a driving cold rain. The time for the race was 1:45.33 on a track listed as good.

The son of Empire Maker and 2003 Illinois Horse of the year Summer Mis was ridden to victory by Jesse Campbell and trained by Anthony Mitchell. It was the third straight victory, all at Hawthorne, and his $66,045 share of the winning pushed his career total to $103,485.





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