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Hawthorne Racecourse (9/13/06)

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Time to Get “Serie-ous” at Hawthorne Race Course

Lucrative Prizes Up for Grabs in Fall Series, Heavyweight Championship Handicapping Contests

When the dust settled last April, James Sypula proved that consistency is the most important element in handicapping. The Chicago native failed to win any of Hawthorne’s 19 tournaments, but he did score solid points with regularity, and outlasted hundreds of other handicappers to capture the inaugural Spring Series championship.

The slate has been wiped clean, and on Saturday, September 16, and brand new tournament schedule will begin.

Hawthorne’s Director of Marketing Joe Scurto is excited about the attention and support players have given to these tournaments.

“We had over 750 horseplayers participate in our Spring Handicapping Series and we expect even more during the Fall Series,” Scurto said. “These contests are designed for all levels of players from novice to professional and they provide a great afternoon of competition, horseracing, and winning. There are only eight tournaments in this series, so the time commitment for players is not as intense as it was in the spring. It should be a lot of fun beginning Saturday the 16th.”

The Fall Series is comprised of eight individual tournaments, and once again participants will earn points based on their weekly finish. The series culminates with the Fall Finale on Sunday, December 17, at which time the point leader will be rewarded with a trip for two to Jamaica courtesy of Air Jamaica and Super Clubs, a Fall Series Championship leather jacket and trophy. The next 14 top competitors will share over 185,000 in Club Hawthorne points, bringing the total series prize pool to over $5,000.

The top five finishers in the each of the first six events of the Fall Series earn automatic berths into the $50,000 Heavyweight Championship (prize pool based on 250 entries). The two-day tournament will be held at Hawthorne the weekend of December 2-3. Four entries to the Coast Casino’s Horseplayer World Series (complete with hotel accommodations and a travel voucher), to be held in January at the Orleans in Las Vegas, are at stake in the Heavyweight Championship. The top 20 finishers will also divide up the entire prize pool of entry fees.

Players who fail to qualify for the Heavyweight Championship through the Fall Series will have the opportunity to buy their way in for $200 (limit two entries per person). Each participant will also receive a free 2007 Hawthorne annual pass ($350 value) and complimentary buffets and Daily Racing Forms for the event.

The entry fee for each of the individual Fall Series tournaments is $20, which includes $10 in food and beverage coupons, and admission coupon and a premium item. The contests will once again be held in the tournament area on the third floor, adjacent to the Handicapping and Business Center.

For more information on Hawthorne Handicapping tournaments, visit To register early to any of the Fall Series tournaments, or to secure your spot in the lucrative Heavyweight Championship, visit the Club Hawthorne booth on the first floor or e-mail Joe Scurto at

Hawthorne’s Fall Tournament Schedule

Date Contest
Sat, Sep 16 Fall Series Tournament #1*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sun, Sep 24 Fall Series Tournament #2*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sat, Oct 7 Fall Series Tournament #3*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sun, Oct 15 Fall Series Tournament #4*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sun, Nov 5 Fall Series Tournament #5*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sun, Nov 19 Fall Series Tournament #6*
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sat, Dec 2 & Sun, Dec 3 $50,000 Heavyweight Championship
Races: TBA
Sun, Dec 10 Fall Series Tournament #7
Races: Hawthorne Live
Sun, Dec 17 Fall Series Tournament #8- Fall Finale
Races: Hawthorne Live

The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Standardbred meet ran May 6 through June 17.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet ran February 24 through May 2.

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