Chicago Barn to Wire
Home | News | Bloggers | Forums | Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Contact Us | Search
Chicago racing newsletter sign-up
Upcoming events
Arlington Million

News Updates

Previous stories

Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Daily Racing Form
Harness Link
Illinois Racing Board

Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

Breeders' Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

Breeders' Cup
Hawthorne Gold Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby





Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/28/11)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Hawthorne to Pay Purses to Bottom for Remainder of Spring Meet

STICKNEY, IL In an effort to boost field size while offsetting some expenses to horsemen, the ITHA and Hawthorne Race Course agreed Monday to pay purses to the bottom finisher in all races beginning with the Friday April 1 racing card.

Following the pattern of the majority of racing jurisdictions across the country, 1 percent of the base purse will be paid to finishers from sixth through last in every race. Of the remaining purse total, purses will be distributed in the 60-20-11-6-3 percentages for every race.

My feeling is we need to make some changes to encourage more participation in races while allowing owners the ability to cover jockeys fees and some other race-day related costs at a minimum, stated Hawthorne Assistant General Manager Jim Miller. Im not going to lie, this spring meet has been a struggle to fill races. There are more tracks running, tracks with additional gaming-infused purses and this year we have had to compete for horses from another track in our own state, something we didnt have last year. It has been tough, but I feel this will help bring more incentive to horsemen to race at Hawthorne.

In the month of April, Hawthorne will race live every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. First post Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday is 1:30 pm while Friday post time in April will be 2:35 pm. The running of the Grade III $250,000 Illinois Derby takes place on April 9. Illinois Champions Day, with six $100,000 stakes races for Illinois-bred runners will take place on April 23. Hawthorne races in the spring through Saturday April 30. For more information please visit

index sitemap advanced
search engine by freefind



Recent headlines

Valiant City can continue streak in Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (11/27)

The Pizza Man wins Hollywood Turf Cup (11/26)

Commissioner heads field for Hawthorne Gold Cup (11/25)

Churchill analyst Kristufek a reliable tipster (11/25)

Joliet OTB moving, looking at Heroes West (11/24)

Lester: Duchossois fights horse slaughter rule, irks Jane Byrne's daughter (11/23)

The Pizza Man heads west for Turf Cup (11/22)

As slots spread, racetracks can only watch (11/21)



Home | News Updates | Bloggers | Forums | Search
Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Advertising | Contact Us

Copyright © 2000-2015 Chicago Barn to Wire. All rights reserved.
Privacy policy