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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/9/13)

Contact: John Walsh, 708-222-3342
Savannah Short, 859-298-0003

Brandon Meier update: dislocated shoulder

Brandon Meier, thrown from his mount in Friday's eighth race at Hawthorne Race Course, has apparently suffered a dislocated shoulder and has various other minor injuries. According to various sources, he was in good spirits Friday night and hopes to return to riding within a week.

Popular rider Brandon Meier was unseated at the top of the stretch when his mount, Bedroom Eyes, clipped heels with Beauty of Scarlet.

Beauty of Scarlet with Seth Martinez aboard went on to finish second but was disqualified and placed sixth.


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 or call Guest Services at 708-780-3733. Fans are welcome at and for up-to-the-minute racing tips become a follower at

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