Release… Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 … Contact Tom Kelley…tomk@hawthorneracecourse
HAWTHORNE RELEASES 2017
The 2017 Illinois conceived and
foaled stake schedule has been announced by Hawthorne Race Course and the
Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association. A series of Late Closing events have also been
scheduled for the “Summer Meet” which will begin on Thursday, May 11th
and continue through Sunday, Sept. 24th.
Payments are due for the
three-year-olds by Feb. 15th while those looking to stake
two-year-olds will have until April 15th to get their payments in. The nomination fee of $300 for each of the
eight scheduled Late Closing events will be due on April 1st.
As was the case last season the ICF three-year-olds
will have a single payment of $1,750 due while the state-bred two-year-olds
will have a single payment of $1,250 due for these “added money” events.
The single staking payment will keep
horses eligible to all four legs of the stakes series and the final or
consolation. There is no nominating fee due for the aged stake events. Rules
and information regarding starting fees etc. for all stakes and late closers
can be found at www.hawthorneracecourse.com
The top 10 highest point earners in
the four legs will make the finals which will be contested on Hawthorne’s Night
of Champions, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23rd. The consolations are scheduled for closing
night Sunday, Sept. 24th.
Stall applications have been mailed
to all horsemen who participated at Hawthorne in 2016 and can also be found on
our website at www.hawthorneracecourse.com . Stall applications are due no
later than April 1st and stalls will be assigned by April 15th.
A complete list of the 2017 ICF
Stakes, the 2017 Late Closing events as well as the 2017 purse structure and
conditions can also be found at the website. Purses are expected to increase by
30 to 40% across the board from 2016 levels.
Additionally Illinois conceived and
foaled horses will also have the chance to race for added bonus money in 2017.
For those conditions restricted to Illinois bred horses, the purse will be
increased by 10% of the scheduled purse for an open condition. State-bred
horses will also receive a 50% allowance when racing with open horses.
The 2017 stake schedule and Late
Closing Series schedules are attached.
Please make all nominating checks
C/O Horseman’s Bookeeper
3501 S. Laramie Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
ABOUT 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.