Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
For Immediate Release
Handle, Field Size Up
for Spring Meet at Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL – Despite a very wet month of April, handle and
field size for the recently concluded spring meet at Hawthorne increased over
2016. On average, daily handle for the
2017 spring meet was $1,352,173, an uptick from the $1,343,819 wagered per day
in 2016. Field size for the spring meet
rose from 7.03 in 2016 to 7.18 in 2017.
spring we showed that we have turned the corner and are headed in the right
direction at Hawthorne,” stated president and General Manager Tim Carey. “It’s unfortunate that April had so much rain,
causing us to lose numerous turf races, but the later post time, improved
on-air exposure, and the return of the Illinois Derby all contributed to a
positive meet. Being able to stabilize
our overnight purse structure while returning some races to the stakes schedule
have us well positioned to only improve in meets going forward.”
Victor Santiago took home his first riding title, winning 30 races on the
meet. Edgar Perez was second with 20
wins, followed by a three-way tie for third between apprentice Carlos Ulloa,
Sebastian Saez, and Chris Emigh
with 15 wins apiece.
formidable duo of owner William Stiritz and trainer
Scott Becker were dominant once again, repeating for titles and leading owner
and trainer respectively, with 25 wins apiece.
track, the return of the Grade 3, $250,000 Illinois Derby boosted a pair of
three-year-olds into the spotlight as Multiplier caught Hedge Fund late for his
first graded stakes score in the second fastest running of the race. Recount was impressive in victory in the Robert
S. Molaro Handicap while My Mertie
got her first stakes score in the Third Chance Handicap.
HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race
Course is the 4th oldest racetrack in the nation and the oldest sporting venue
in Illinois. Located in Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago’s city
limits, the 126 year old facility hosts thoroughbred racing in March and April
and again in October through Dec. Standardbred harness racing is conducted in
May through September. The family-owned and operated business has been an
innovator in horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation’s most
rewarding players program. For additional information: www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com | Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne | @ClubHawthorne.