Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne opens to depressed Illinois racing industry

It has been a tough winter for Illinois racing as Hawthorne Race Course starts its first meet of 2011. Racing will be limited to Friday and Saturday until March when race days will be added on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But the big news in racing circles is still the blow the industry took when the […]

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Illinois Derby purse cut by $250,000

Previously a purse of $500,000, the Grade III Illinois Derby at Hawthorne race Course received permission from the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday to reduce the purse in half to $250,000.

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Average daily wagering at Hawthorne shows improvement

At a tune of 7.8%, the average daily wagering total at Hawthorne improved over last year’s handle. Track management attributes the success to improved weather, schedule changes and larger fields.

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

With the Breeders’ Cup just four weekends away, there will be a number of graded stakes this weekend that will serve as final preps for the big dance in Louisville. The action begins Friday, Keeneland’s opening day, when the Lexington track presents the Grade 3 Phoenix and the G1 Alcibiades. Both races are over the […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

The pace really heats up this weekend. Eleven graded stakes will be televised on HRTV or TVG in just under three hours on Saturday, including five G1 events from Belmont Park (shown on both HRTV and TVG). On Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern), HRTV will televise several races from Longchamp in Paris, […]

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