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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/5/08)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

A Worthy Cause for All Seasons

Tis definitely the season for giving. On Saturday Hawthorne Race Course is hosting the RICF Holiday Donation Drive, aimed at benefiting the families of backstretch workers at the various tracks that make up Illinois racing. The foundation has served the racetrack industry since 1977 under the principle that the workers of Illinois tracks deserve the same services available to employees in other industries.

The Racing Industry Charitable Foundation (RICF) provides services that include medical, dental and social assistance, educational programs, substance abuse programs, school physicals, and of course, holiday celebrations, among its many ongoing initiatives.

Anyone who brings in a toy or a non-perishable food item on Saturday will get free admission, a live program and entry into a raffle. But the true meaning of Saturday’s drive is to benefit the children at holiday time, and that’s where all donations will be heading.

“We give out as much as we can at Christmas time,” said Executive Director of the RICF, Peggy Goetsch. “We’ve given out toys and hats and gloves and so many things for 20 years. We look for the neediest families, but we try and make sure that everybody gets something.”

Goetsh has been Executive Director of the RICF for last 24 years and she has seen what can be accomplished with the help of others. She also wanted to thank in advance all who will participate on Saturday.

“Any and all donations are so very appreciated. They are appreciated by the families and especially by the children. Some of these children don’t have a Christmas unless we can provide some toys or clothing for them.”

The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

When the morning-line oddsmaker instills favoritism at 4-1, you know you have a competitive race on your hands. Such is the case in the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for filly 2-year-olds. The mile and one sixteenths race restricted to Illinois-breds will have a field of ten with Showtime Deb Stakes winner Happy Henrietta the lukewarm early choice.

Happy Henrietta was dismissed at odds of 22-1 when she won the Showtime Deb and now will have to prove that race was no fluke, while stretching out in distance. She does retain the services of one of Hawthorne’s leading riders, Tim Thornton, and draws well (post five) as she goes for her third win in four lifetime starts.

Lose None and Winpins are two fillies who finished in back of Happy Henrietta in the Showcase Deb, but both might bear watching Saturday. Each experienced less-than-ideal trips on Illinois Festival Day and might be able to turn the tables with better racing luck. Lose None may also benefit from racing in a one mile and seventy yards event on November 20.

Stormy April will probably get her share of support following her impressive maiden-breaking win in her last start. That race was conducted at this distance and her pedigree suggests she may turn out to be a very nice filly.

Hawthorne Race Course began its Fall/Winter Thoroughbred meet on Friday, September 26, 2008 and will continue through January 11, 2009. Post time on Fridays through November 28 will be at 2:35 pm central time. Post time on all other cards will be 1:35 pm central time. Dark days will be Mondays and Tuesdays. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at




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