For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Regarding Horses Formerly Trained by Indicted Trainers
STICKNEY, IL – Following a recent FBI investigation which
resulted in the indictments of harness trainers Rick Dane, Jr., Nick Surick, Conor Flynn, and Chris
Oaks, Hawthorne Race Course is implementing the following policies regarding
any horses formerly trained by these indicted trainers:
Horses formerly trained by indicted trainers
will not be allowed onto the grounds of Hawthorne Race Course until April 15.
Following April 15, should a horse formerly
trained by an indicted trainer be transferred to another trainer and wish to
come onto the grounds of Hawthorne Race Course, the Racing Secretary and
Stewards must be notified by the new trainer and receive approval for the horse
to enter the grounds.
Any horse previously owned by any indicted
trainer, or their relatives, will be subject to approval of the Racing
Secretary and Stewards before being allowed onto the grounds of Hawthorne Race
Upon approval, these horses must be stabled in
the surveillance barn at Hawthorne Race Course for the duration of the
meet. Any horse that leaves the grounds
of Hawthorne from this barn will not be allowed to return.
Horses may be examined by state or association
veterinarians at any time during their time on the grounds of Hawthorne Race
After April 15, those approved horses will
remain on the stewards list for 30 days from their arrival date onto the
grounds of Hawthorne. They will be ineligible to race during this period.
Following the 30 days on the grounds of
Hawthorne, horses must test negative for any foreign substances prior to coming
off the Stewards list. Horse will then be required to qualify to race.
Any violation of these policies will result in a
trainer losing their stalls and ability to race at Hawthorne Race Course in the
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returned
for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday,
September 20. Post time nightly is 7:10
PM. Hawthorne races live during the
summer harness meet every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year,
running from October 2 through December 26.
For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com
or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.