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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (2/8/13)

Contact: John Walsh, 708-222-3342
jwalsh@hawthorneracecourse.com
Savannah Short, 859-298-0003
savannah@hawthorneracecourse.com

HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE HIRES NEW TRACK ANALYST


FEBRUARY 8, 2013 (Chicago) - Hawthorne Race Course officials announced today the hiring of Angela Hermann as track analyst for the 2013 spring race meeting. Hermann will co-host Hawthorne's pre-race handicapping show and provide analysis before each race. Hermann will also appear on TVG, the nation's leading horse racing television network, previewing Hawthorne's races.

"We are thrilled to have Angela at Hawthorne," Assistant General Manager John Walsh said. "She brings a new perspective and energy to our horse players... She is an accomplished handicapper that our fans will learn to trust."

Hermann's work in the racetrack industry began at Canterbury Park in Minnesota as a guest services usher. Through nine years and six different departments, the twenty-six year old worked her way into the role of Track Analyst at Canterbury Park. She's held the position at Canterbury the past two seasons, as well as two years of similar work at Nebraska's Lincoln Race Course and Columbus Ag Park.

The Minnesota native is looking forward to the opportunity to promote racing in a new setting. "There are many jockeys and trainers at Hawthorne that have made their mark in this industry," Hermann said. "The racing is very competitive, making it challenging and often very rewarding to horse players. I'm really excited about the chance to work with the guests and staff at Hawthorne, particularly in that the spring meet's signature Illinois Derby has a new date and a new $750,000 purse," Hermann said.

Traditionally a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, this year's 56th running of the Illinois Derby was excluded from the new points system for the Official Road to the Kentucky Derby. As such the Illinois Derby was moved later in the Hawthorne calendar and its purse was increased by 50 percent. The 2013 Grade 3 Illinois Derby will be run on Saturday, April 20 on dirt at a mile and an eighth for $750,000.

ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Race Course has been Chicago's "hometown track" for 122 years and currently offers the only traditional dirt racing for Thoroughbreds in northern Illinois. Hawthorne's spring meet opens February 15 and runs through April. Live racing is hosted Friday through Sunday in February and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March and April. Daily post time is 1:35 pm, and admission costs $4. The historic track is located a half-mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue, and 2 miles south of I-290 on Laramie Avenue at 35th Street. For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com or call Guest Services at 708-780-3733. Fans are welcome at Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne and for up-to-the-minute racing tips become a follower at Twitter.com/ClubHawthorne.


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