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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/10/09)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542


Stickney, IL – Hawthorne Race Course celebrated its centennial anniversary under the Carey family banner, with an outstanding opening day program filled with top class Thoroughbred action, an all-day live broadcast by ESPN 1000, and an unforgettable match race between celebrity “jockeys” John Jurkovic and Harry Teinowitz.

In the promotional match race run prior to Hawthorne’s first post, Teinowitz outdueled “Jurko,” both co-hosts of ESPN 1000’s Afternoon Saloon, in a sixteenth-mile sprint, conducted before a very entertained on-site audience, while morning show hosts Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman called the race live for radio listeners. Teinowitz, aboard “Hey Harry Horse Here,” mustered heroic courage and athleticism, as he edged away from cohost Jurko, riding atop “The Good Kid,” to cross the wire as winner. (Fictional names were given to the equine participants for this non-betting race.)

Betting And Attendance Up Significantly Despite Economy

When the real racing began, Brandon Meier, son of Hawthorne’s all-time leading rider Randy Meier, and a featured jockey on Animal Planet’s new reality show “Jockeys,” won his first race at Hawthorne with his very first mount. Later in the card, father and son did battle in race number five, providing more good theater on a glorious spring-like afternoon—the son finishing in the money for 3rd and father just out at 4th.

On track handle for the nine-race card exceeded last year’s opening by four percent, while attendance was 20 percent higher than a year ago.

“All and all this was an extraordinary start to our 100th year of family-owned racing,” said Tim Carey, 4th generation president and general manager. “ESPN has been a great media partner of ours and the Teinowitz family has been a part of racing in Chicago for 50 years, so are close friends as well. The station and Harry in particular are great ambassadors for horseracing and I think that’s evident in how many new fans are coming out to enjoy a less well-known form of sports entertainment. This will be a great year for Hawthorne.”

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 or call 708-780-3700.




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