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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/28/09)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

Four winners split $100,000 in online contest

Stickney, IL Hawthorne Race Course's online Survivor contest started off with 3,589 players, with the challenge to pick one horse every day to finish "in-the-money." In order to win the first-place prize of $2,500, players needed to be the "last man standing." If by some miracle, twist of fate, or enormous skill, lasting through the final day of the meet would net winners a grand prize of $100,000.

For four very happy players: Mission Accomplished!

Entering the final day of spring racing at Hawthorne Race Course, six players remained eligible for all or part of the $100,000 bonanza, and in the end, two of the six failed to last. That meant four "survivors" walked away champions and split $25,000 each.

"We couldn't be happier about how the contest turned out," said Jim Miller, Assistant General Manager of Hawthorne Race Course. "People come to the race track, or play online, to try and make life-changing kind of money. Congratulations to all the winners; Lady Luck shined brightly on them for 34 days."

The winners, from New York, Texas, and Illinois, are each long-time fans of horseracing, and now huge fans of Hawthorne.

"Hawthorne's my favorite track in the whole world!" said Charles Pavlich, of Houston, Texas. "I had a hard time going to sleep last night and an easy time waking up this morning. I've had a smile on my face ever since that race yesterday."

Pavlich was referring to the third race on Monday, April 27, when Elle Tish Slew crossed the finish line first, and guaranteed Pavlich and two other players a piece of the $100,000 jackpot.

"This has been a blast playing this tournament," Pavlich said. "I fell to my knees and jumped up and down when I won, but I got to tell you, with all the stress, it feels like a weight is off my shoulders. I'm so happy I won, but man, I'm so glad its over."

Earl Innis, from Forest Park, Illinois, also shared in the big money, and he's always been a fan of Hawthorne Race Course.

"I've been going to Hawthorne for 18 years. I absolutely love it there," Innis said. "I was excited and nervous at the same time yesterday. But after I won, I celebrated by having a beer. Contest or no contest, Hawthorne has always been my favorite racetrack. Believe me I basically cry when they close. I miss the dirt racing."

Even after shelling out $100,000, Hawthorne Race Course plans on bringing back the contest when their fall meet starts on October 1. "We will definitely offer this contest again when live racing resumes," Miller said. "Maybe we'll even make the grand prize $250,000, like we did last fall."

There are at least four players who are sure to sign up.

Racing returns for Hawthorne's Signature Fall Thoroughbred Meet beginning Thursday, October 1 through Thursday, December 31 at Hawthorne and features races every Wednesday through Sunday with first post daily at 1:25 p.m. except Friday's through November 27, which has a post time of 2:30 p.m. After 100 years, Hawthorne Race Course promises to remain Chicago's home to showcasing the very best talent in the historic "sport of kings." For more information on Hawthorne Race Course visit or call 708-780-3700.




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