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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (2/23/07)

Contact: Joe Scurto (708) 780-3748


CHICAGO – Under partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-30s, Hawthorne Race Course ushered in the start of the 2007 Chicago Thoroughbred season Friday afternoon. The Trader and jockey Jesse Lantz captured the afternoon’s first race and Canyons Sister and jockey Danush Sukie won the featured $32,000 allowance event, his second win on the day’s card. Just over 2,000 people attended the first of 46 live programs Hawthorne is scheduled to race through April 29.

Tim Carey, track president, was pleased with opening day. “I was very encouraged by the turnout of both our fans and the horse owners attending our opening day party. The horse owners play an important role in putting on the show and their investment in the industry is vital. The fans seemed genuinely excited about live racing returning to Hawthorne and we appreciate their support.”

Defending jockey champion Chris Emigh was back in the saddle for Hawthorne’s opening day and booted home his first winner of the year in the fourth race aboard Hot Candy. Emigh enjoyed a career year in 2006 when he won riding titles at Hawthorne and Arlington on his way to 271 visits to the winner’s circle. With his horses earning more than $6.2 million in purse money and with a 10-month season ahead of him, Emigh took a break from riding when the Thoroughbred season ended at Hawthorne on January 2.

Starting this Sunday and running for the next five weeks, Hawthorne is offering preliminary events leading to the $50,000 Midwest Championship the weekend of March 31-April 1. The popular handicapping tournament offers a weekly $3,000 prize. The top finishers each week qualify for a free entry into the championship event. Complete contest rules are available at the track or at

Hawthorne will be adding a Pick 5 promotion on Thursdays starting March 8. The Pick 5 will involve races 4 – 8 and will begin with a $500 guaranteed pool. “The Pick 5 is another great opportunity for people to win more money when they come out to Hawthorne,” stated marketing director Joe Scurto. “Between the handicapping tournaments on Sundays and the Club Hawthorne rewards program - where you can get up to 4% back on your wagers, plus all the special events and offers on the weekends - we believe we have a lot of value to offer the horseplayer.”

Hawthorne Race Course is scheduled to conduct 119 Thoroughbred and 39 harness live programs in 2007. Located at Cicero or Laramie Avenues at 35th Street, gates open daily at 10 am. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at




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