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Hawthorne Racecourse (7/17/06)

Contact: DAK Productions
(708) 222-4540

Summer Handicapping Contests Heat Up Hawthorne

The track may be dark for live racing, but the action at Hawthorne Race Course is still hot and heavy this summer.

The track’s highly popular handicapping contests return on Saturday, July 29 with the Breeders’ Crown Challenge. A trio of other summer simulcast tournaments will also be held during the off season:

  • The Breeders' Crown Challenge (Harness, 5:30 p.m. registration)
  • The Crosstown Classic on Saturday, Aug. 12 (Thoroughbred, noon)
  • The Kick Up a Little Dust on on Saturday, August 26 (Thoroughbred, noon)
  • The Back in the Buggy on Saturday, September 9 (Harness, 5:30 p.m.)

For a $20 entry fee, which includes a buffet, players will have a chance to compete for an entry into the Coast Casino’s $500,000 Fall Classic (, to be held October 5-8 at the Orleans in Las Vegas (along with a $500 travel voucher). A total of $2,000 in prizes and Club Hawthorne points will be distributed at each contest. Contests are held in on the third floor of the grandstand.

1st Place $500,000 Fall Classic Entry & $500 Travel Voucher
2nd Place 25,000 Club Hawthorne Points
3rd Place 10,000 Club Hawthorne Points
4th & 5th Place 2,500 Club Hawthorne Points
6th-10th Place 1,000 Club Hawthorne Points

Contestants must be Club Hawthorne members in order to participate, and may have a maximum of two entries in each individual tournament. Club Hawthorne membership is free and you may sign up in the registration area on tournament day.

Be sure to check out the Handicapping Contests section of the website regularly for more information about the summer and fall tournaments!

For more information, or to secure your spot in any of Hawthorne’s summer simulcast tournaments, contact Monique Mahler at 708-780-3700, or email her at

For the tournament format and a complete list of rules, click here or cut and paste the link below into your browser:

Hawthorne is currently dark for live racing, but the facility is open seven days per week for full card simulcasting from both Thoroughbred and harness tracks from across the country.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. daily, but on Fridays through November 17, post time will be 3 p.m.

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