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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (11/15/10)

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Hawthorne Opens Private Turf Club to Host 5th Annual Black Friday Bash on Day After Thanksgiving

Sell-Out Event Includes $25 Buffet/Bar Package, Bonus Drawings for Cash & Prizes After Every Live Race

Stickney, Ill. (Nov. 15, 2010) – Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s family-owned race course, today announced their 5th annual Black Friday party. The event will be hosted by Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl, and set in the exclusive Hawthorne Turf Club on November 26.

“The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally all about deals, shopping and crazy crowds. So we want to give people an alternative to the Black Friday madness,” said Tim Carey, President and General Manager of Hawthorne.

“People have really made this party a tradition for their families. It’s a great time to visit with friends and family in town for the holidays but without being couped-up in the house all day eating leftover, or fighting crowds at the mall.”

The event marks the first time this year that Hawthorne has opened its semi-private Turf Club to the public. The exclusive third floor suite overlooking the finish line has over 50 HDTVs showing Hawthorne’s own races as well as dozens of tracks around the country, plus football.

Tickets for the event are just $25 for a three-hour buffet and bar package. Dewar’s 12 will also host a premium scotch tasting. All Turf Club guests will have a chance to win bonus cash and prizes after every Hawthorne race. The event is expected to sell out.

Guests can secure reservations by calling guest services at (708) 780-3733. First post is at 1:30 pm.

For serious handicappers, Hawthorne will be hosting the championship finale of its $100,000 Handicap Challenge on November 26 and November 27. Grand prize is $50,000 cash and there’s no entry fee.


Hawthorne Race Course is in its 101st year of racing under Carey family ownership. Live racing action runs Wednesday through Saturday through December 31. For more information visit, call Guest Services at 708-780-3733.

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