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For Immediate Release
Full Fields Expected as Hawthorne Opens Fall Meet
STICKNEY, IL – Anticipation for the
Hawthorne fall thoroughbred meet is high as racing action kicks off this Friday
at 3:10PM. With a full
backstretch, turf course in tremendous condition, and real dirt racing, the
opening day card looks to be a sign of the season ahead as 85 horses are
entered in the nine race card.
will be the focus this fall for new Director of Racing and Racing Secretary
Allan Plever. Plever’s condition book
has been well received as stall applications exceeded the available stalls for
the fall meet. Large stables from Roger
Brueggemann, Frank Kirby, Chris Dorris and Chris Block return to Hawthorne from
a summer at Arlington while Clay Brinson, Joel Berndt, Nevada Litfin and Randy
Rarick come to Hawthorne from Canterbury Park.
A 35-year racing veteran, Plever has worked at tracks throughout the
country in numerous management positions.
to providing the fullest fields with competitive runners, Plever will also
oversee a stakes schedule that provides stakes action on most weekends
throughout the meet. The main changes
come in the graded stakes for the fall meet.
Opening weekend will provide evening stakes excitement with the 49th
running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Hawthorne Derby on the turf. The Derby will be joined by the $75,000
guaranteed Indian Maid Handicap on turf for fillies and mares. The other major change comes with the move of
the Grade 2, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup.
Traditionally run opening weekend, the Gold Cup has been moved to the
Saturday following Thanksgiving on November 30. Following the pattern set in
2012, the Illinois-bred stakes races will again be run
four weekends throughout the meet. The
$75,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial will be contested on the grass on Saturday,
October 12. The stakes schedule closes
with Illinois-bred juveniles going two-turns in the Pat Whitworth Illinois
Debutante on December 7 and the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity on December 14.
main track is in excellent shape for the meet following a surface refresher and
the turf course has never looked better. The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s
Association (ITHA) examined the main track and is very pleased with it. With
the help of the ITHA, the full backstretch is in great shape as barns have been
power washed, roads paved and trees trimmed and cleared.
handicappers, Hawthorne welcomes the return of popular analyst Jim Miller to
the airwaves. A 15 year Hawthorne
fixture, Miller returns after being away for the spring meet to provide
expanded analysis for the Hawthorne cards daily on-air, in-house, on TVG and
with extended online handicapping information.
excited about this fall meet,” stated Hawthorne President and General Manager
Tim Carey. “We had to deal with everything under the sun last fall from poor
weather to the virus that nearly crippled us.
We have been proactive with a full cleaning of the backstretch this summer
and are pleased to be working in hand with the ITHA. I’m excited to have Allan Plever on board as
he has brought in some new stables and written a very popular condition
book. Our night racing card on opening
weekend has been received with a great response and our stakes schedule will
provide for great racing action throughout the meet.”
returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 4 and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every
Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and
Sunday is 2:10 PM. On Fridays through
November 29, first post will be 3:10 PM.
Saturday, October 5 is a special night racing card with a 5:00 PM first
post. Beginning December 4, first post
will be 1:20 PM daily. Hawthorne Race Course
is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at
Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at
708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne
online at www.Hawthorneracecourse.com