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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/31/10)

Contact: Katie Mikolay
(708) 780-3700

Illinois Derby Weekend has finally arrived!

This upcoming weekend it's all about beautiful horses and gorgeous women as we get things rockin' on Friday with the 3rd annual Loop Rock Girl Search here at Hawthorne Race Course. You don't want to miss 32 contenders compete for your vote. WLUP, the Loop 97.9, will be here live on the grandstand floor along with the girls.

Also $2 Fridays are back for the remainder of the meet: $2 Bud lights; $2 food specials; $2 admission including live program. Plus the first 500 guests to arrive after 10:30 am will receive an exclusive Illinois Derby T-shirt. If you are looking for a formal setting for Friday afternoon then join ESPN1000 with radio personalities Carmen DeFalco, John Jurkovic and Harry Teinowitz for the Afternoon Saloon live broadcast in the legendary Turf Club. For only $30 per person ($40 at the door), you can enjoy 3 hour food buffet and open house bar. Tickets are available at

Also this weekend Hawthorne is collecting donations to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund (PDJF). On Friday, Jim Miller and I will compete in the Cash Cube Challenge. Both of us will be asking for your donation in efforts to raise money for the PDJF and give you a chance to win cash in the cash cube so look for either of us during the first six races as the winner will be drawn after race 6 on Friday. Then on Saturday, we have a 50/50 raffle drawing, which will take place after the big race (race 8). You can buy raffle tickets at Guest Services for ONLY a $1. This is your chance to earn some extra cash this spring and help a worthy cause.

On Saturday, we have eight horses to compete in the 53rd running of the Grade III Illinois Derby for $500,000 sponsored by TVG. Visit to see the lineup for the big race, which will be race 8 (approximately 4:37 pm) of the 11-race card. This is Chicago's only Derby prep race and is part of the Road to the Derby Sweepstakes. To enter into the sweepstakes, make sure to use your Club Hawthorne card for your opportunity to win a VIP trip for 4 to the Kentucky Derby and a brand new Dodge Dakota courtesy of Mancari Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. Saturday will also be the debut of the $50,000 Cryptoclearance Stakes, which will be race 9 of the live racing card.

We do expect big crowds for both days of the weekend so please call now at 708-780-3733 to reserve your spot to witness history in the making as the last eight winners of the Illinois Derby have gone on to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

See everyone this weekend for a thrilling weekend with warm temps in the 70s. BBQ will be open!

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