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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (9/23/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

$750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Highlights Start of Hawthorne Fall Meet

STICKNEY, IL -- Entries were taken today for the first day of Hawthorne’s fall Thoroughbred meet which begins on Friday. The ten-race card begins a three day weekend of racing before we fall into our normal five day a week, Wednesday through Sunday, racing schedule.

The fall Hawthorne meet will again be highlighted by the running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup. To be run on Saturday, October 2, the Gold Cup has become a top prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic producing 1998 Classic winner Awesome Again and multiple Classic runners. In 2003, the Gold Cup was won by Perfect Drift, who finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year. He appears ready to return to Hawthorne for the 2004 installment of the race.

A total of 12 stakes will be contested during the Hawthorne fall meet. Several additional Overnight Stakes will be run as well. The Gold Cup highlights the October 2 card and will be joined by the running of the $100,000 Added Indian Maid Breeders’ Cup. On October 9, turf runners will be tested in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial. The following week, on October 16, three year olds take to the Hawthorne turf in the $250,000, Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby.

Illinois runners will be featured once again when the Illinois Festival of racing returns on Saturday November 13. A total of six $100,000 added events will be contested. Big races on this day often help in determining our yearly Illinois Champions.

On December 11, Illinois two-year-old fillies are back for the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante. Two-year-old male runners are featured on December 18 in the $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity.

Many familiar faces return to Hawthorne for the fall meet as leading riders Larry Sterling Jr., Chris Emigh, and Eddie Razo Jr. return. New to Hawthorne for the fall are riders Greta Kuntzweiler and Perry Compton. One apprentice rider from the spring Hawthorne meet returns. Apprentice Liz Morris will be joined by fresh faces Emanuel Cosme, Freddy Fong, Jr., and Jose Bettencourt.

On the training end, recent Arlington champion Frank Kirby will have a large string of runners for the fall meet. He’s likely to be challenged by Mike Reavis, Richard Hazelton and Brian Williamson, while Jodie Sinclair will be handling training duties for longtime leading owner Frank Calabrese at Hawthorne.

Hawthorne Race Course will race every Wednesday through Sunday with first post of 1:10 PM daily. Hawthorne races from September 24 through January 2. For Group Sales questions, call 708-780-7050. All other inquiries can be directed to 708-780-3700 or connect to us on the web at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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