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Hawthorne Race Course Opens 100th Year of Family-Owned Racing with Promotional Race by ESPN 1000 “Jockeys”
Sports Talk Radio Team Will Race Down Homestretch on Thoroughbreds Just Like Professional Jockeys
Stickney, IL – Opening day, March 6, 2009, will mark the 100th year of family-owned horseracing at Hawthorne Race Course under the proprietorship of the Carey family. This anniversary distinguishes Hawthorne as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. The races will kick off at 12:20 pm with a special, local celebrity 1/16th mile sprint in the style of racing from 100 years ago with a rope line start. Racing in this special event will be radio “jockeys” John “Jurko” Jurkovich, Harry Teinowitz and Carmen DeFalco of the Afternoon Saloon show and Tom Waddle of Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000. Morning show host Marc Silverman will call the race live on-air.
In celebration of this historic event, Hawthorne will be hosting a jockey autograph session. Jockeys Brandon and father Randy Meier of Winfield, Illinois, will make a special appearance. Randy Meier is Hawthorne Race Course’s all-time leading jockey and his son, apprentice Brandon, currently stars in Animal Planet’s hit show Jockeys. The father and son will race each other at 3:20 pm on March 6.
The autograph party will also include winner of Hawthorne’s 2008 fall meet, Inez Karlsson. Karlsson capped her strong season in Illinois with national honors as well as becoming a finalist for the prestigious Eclipse Award, finishing second in the voting as leading apprentice rider in North America.
WHERE: Hawthorne Race Course — 3501 S. Laramie in Stickney, Illinois
Celebrity race to kick off 100th anniversary at 12:20 pm (This is a non-betting, promotional race.) Races start at 1:25 pm, Randy and Brandon Meier race at 3:20 pm.
The Estate of Thomas Carey has owned and operated Hawthorne Race Course for 100 years, distinguishing it as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated race track in the nation. As the oldest sports venue in Illinois, Hawthorne Race Course has been an integral player in the legendary heritage of Chicago sports entertainment. Hawthorne Race Course begins its Spring Thoroughbred meet on Friday, March 6, 2009 and will continue through April 27, 2009. Post time is 1:25 pm central time for all live racing. Dark days will be Tuesday and Wednesdays. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. For more information on Hawthorne Race Course visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com or call 708-780-3700.
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