With overnights boosted 50%, a full backside and a
promotions schedule tripled from 2010, the Hawthorne Race Course fall
thoroughbred meet kicks off on Saturday, October 1 with full fields and great
racing action. The Opening Day nine race
card has 89 horses entered within the body of the races in what is the norm for
the fall meet, full fields and great racing.
Following a successful 2010 fall meet in regards to average
daily handle, figures are expected to increase even further as Hawthorne has
reverted back to the five-day a week live racing schedule, racing
With the release of the funds from HB 1918 and 4957 to the
Illinois racing industry, the increase in live racing days will work to the
benefit of Hawthorne, the Illinois horsemen and the state of Illinois. In addition, the return of live Sunday racing
creates another weekend day for bettors to enjoy racing action on Hawthorne’s one mile dirt
The increased overnights were the key to an overflowing
Hawthorne backstretch this fall as nearly 2,500 stalls were applied for to
occupy the 1,950 that is allotted each meet.
In 2010, Hawthorne
averaged overnights of $126,000 per racing card after stakes races were
removed, this year, that number is expected to be in the range of $200,000 per
day for the five day week. Because of
those strong purse numbers, increased stables from Scott Becker (36 stalls),
Joel Berndt (40), Wayne Catalano (40), Chris (40) and Tom Dorris (36), Roger
Brueggemann (59), and Frank Kirby (60) will be competitive all meet long. In addition to those Hawthorne regulars, Tim
Ice (20 stalls), Mike Stidham (25), Dale Bennett (26), Ingrid Mason (26), John Haran (40) and
Gennadi Dorochenko (60) are expected to all fill the entry box this fall.
Returning to the jockey colony is seven time Hawthorne
leading rider Chris Emigh as he looks for another title. Emigh will be joined by past Hawthorne
champs Tim Thornton, Tanner Riggs and Israel Ocampo as a part of the strong Hawthorne jockey colony.
For the fans, the Hawthorne fall meet is full of
promotions. On opening weekend,
Rocktoberfest will take place at Hawthorne
as there will be live music, a pig roast at the outdoor barbeque and beer
specials. The free online Survivor
contest begins on Friday, October 7 as registration is open now at
Hawthorneracecourse.com. On Sunday,
October 16, a great family event returns as Svengoolie’s Camel and Ostrich
races will take place at Hawthorne. As always, Fridays are Fan Friendly Fridays
with $2 admission (including program), and $2 food and beverage specials. More events will be added throughout the
racing meet as the fall will be packed full of fan friendly opportunities.
For the bettors, Hawthorne has added a new wager, and made
some past favorite wagers more enticing.
This fall, the $.50 Pick 5 comes to Hawthorne as the popular carryover wager is
sure to bring some large pools and large carryovers. To make the wager even more appealing, the
takeout on the Pick 5 is only 14%.
has lowered the takeout on the Place Pick 9, Pick 6 and Hi-5 from 25% to 20%
and reduced the minimum wager on the Pick 6 to $1.
The fall stakes program has also been enhanced from 2010,
with Hawthorne’s trademark race, the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup returning to
$500,000 and being run a week into the meet on Saturday, October 8. The Indian Maid Handicap and Robert F. Carey
Memorial will both be run on the turf on October 8th as well. With the release of the additional purse
funds, Hawthorne and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have
decided to further increase the stakes on Illinois Festival of Racing day
(October 22) from $100,000 added to $125,000 added. The full stakes schedule is below.
The complete Hawthorne Stakes Schedule:
Sat, Oct 8 Hawthorne
Gold Cup (G2)
Sat, Oct 8 Indian
Sat, Oct 8 Robert
F. Carey Memorial
Sat, Oct 15 Hawthorne
Sat, Oct 22 Powerless
Sat, Oct 22 Lightning
Jet Hcp. (IL)
Sat, Oct 22 Illini
Princess Hcp. (IL)
Sat, Oct 22 Buck’s
Boy Hcp. (IL)
Sat, Oct 22 Showtime
Sat, Oct 22 Sun
Sat, Dec 3 Pat Whitworth
Sat, Dec 10 Jim
Edgar Illinois Futurity