The 2016 spring race meet gets underway March 11 at Hawthorne Race Course, and it appears that there may not be any stakes races on the schedule this season.
According to the Daily Racing Form, Hawthorne officials are planning to eliminate the spring stakes races in order to direct more funds into the purse account for overnight races. As a result, stakes races such as the Illinois Derby and the Sixty Sails Handicap would not be run, at least during the spring meet. Hawthorne officials indicated that it was possible that the Illinois Derby would be moved to the fall instead.
Hawthorne president Tim Carey told the Form that the plans are still being discussed, but it is “probably going to happen.”
“We've talked to the [Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association], and it's been about trying to keep the overnights as high as possible,” Carey continued. “We're doing that while we wait for something to happen in Springfield.”
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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