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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (12/26/11)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Hawthorne/ITHA to Offer Purse Incentives for Spring Meet

STICKNEY, IL – As the Hawthorne fall meet closes, the spring meet at Hawthorne is just around the corner as a focus upon larger fields and improving wagering options will be the goal. With the release of the impact fee funds prior to the fall meet of 2011 and carrying through 2012 and 2013, horsemen have recognized larger purses and better race options.

For the spring meet of 2012, Hawthorne Race Course, in agreement with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, will continue paying to the bottom finisher in every race, and offer a purse incentive, in addition to the base purse for races that run with 8 horses or more.

For all claiming, maiden claiming, and starter races that start with a field of 8 or 9 starters, an additional $1,000 will be added to the base purse. If the race runs with 10 or 11 starters, $2,000 will be added to the purse and if the race starts with 12 horses, $3,000 will be added to the purse. For maiden allowance, allowance and optional claiming allowance races, $2,000 will be added to the purse with a field of 8 or 9 starters. If the field is 10 or 11, $4,000 will be added and $6,000 will be added for a 12 horse field. A breakdown of race levels and how purses will be impacted for the 2012 spring meet:

Race Type Base Purse 8/9 Str 10/11 Str 12 Str
Mcl $7,500 $11,500 $12,500 $13,500 $14,000
IL Mcl $10,000 $13,500 $14,500 $15,500 $16,500
Mcl $15,000 $13,500 $14,500 $15,500 $16,500
Mcl $25,000 $17,000 $18,000 $19,000 $20,000
Cond $5,000 $12,500 $13,500 $14,500 $15,500
Con $5,000(date) $13,000 $14,000 $15,000 $16,000
Cond Clm $10,000 $13,500 $14,500 $15,500 $16,500
Cond Clm $17,500 $16,000 $17,000 $18,000 $19,000
Cond Clm $25,000 $19,000 $20,000 $21,000 $22,000
Clm $5,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000 $16,000
Clm $7,500 $14,000 $15,000 $16,000 $17,000
Clm $10,000 $16,000 $17,000 $18,000 $19,000
Clm $14,000 $18,000 $19,000 $20,000 $21,000
Clm $18,000 $22,000 $23,000 $24,000 $25,000
Str/Hcp $15,000 $16,000 $17,000 $18,000
MSW $32,000 $34,000 $36,000 $38,000
MSW (IL) $33,000 $35,000 $37,000 $39,000
ALW NW1X $34,000 $36,000 $38,000 $40,000
ALW NW1X (IL) $35,000 $37,000 $39,000 $41,000
ALW NW2X $36,000 $38,000 $40,000 $42,000
ALW NW2X (IL) $37,000 $39,000 $41,000 $43,000
Opt $35,000 NW2X $36,000 $38,000 $40,000 $42,000
Opt $50,000 3yo $34,000 $36,000 $38,000 $40,000
Opt $80,000 NW3X $38,000 $40,000 $42,000 $44,000

In addition to the purse incentive, Hawthorne will also provide larger field options for the first and second level allowance races while providing Illinois-bred runners an opportunity to race for more conditions. For the 2012 spring meet, Illinois-bred runners that have won their first level Illinois allowance will still be eligible to race for the open first level allowance. Those Illinois-bred runners that have won the second level Illinois allowance will be eligible to run in the open second level allowance race.

“This incentive can only help the horsemen, track and fans alike,” stated Hawthorne Assistant General Manager Jim Miller. “For the horsemen, if they are running against a larger field with more competition, they should have the chance to race for more money. They will never run for less than the base purse but for example, if a horse wins an allowance race against 11 other starters, they deserve the additional $3,600 that would go to the winner’s share.”

“For the track, along with the horsemen, we benefit from larger fields as we will generate more handle which leads to larger commissions and purses. And for the bettor, larger fields are always the greatest incentive to wager upon a race as they provide more wagering options and better value.”

Hawthorne Race Course races live through Saturday December 31. Live racing returns to Hawthorne on Friday, February 17 and concludes Sunday, April 29. In February, live racing will be conducted Friday-Sunday. Beginning February 29, racing on Wednesday will be added. First post daily for the spring is 1:40 pm. Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney, IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave. For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at

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