Hawthorne Race Course (9/27/13)
Contact: Dakota Shultz, 312-371-4104
Savannah Short, 708-780-3671
HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE OPENS FALL MEET WITH TRACKSIDE OKTOBERFEST AND NIGHT RACING
"Hometown" Track Will Host Chicago's Only Nighttime Thoroughbred Racing Featuring Beer, BBQ and Live Music
The historic fall meet at Hawthorne Race Course begins on October 4 with a "Rocktoberfest" party throughout the weekend featuring $1 craft beer samples, a barbeque, and live music right along the homestretch.
On Saturday, October 5, Hawthorne will host one exciting night of Thoroughbred racing. "There's just something different about major sports at night. At twilight when those big stadium lights come on there's an electric excitement in the air," Hawthorne president Tim Carey stated, "when we turn on the lights and send riders to the gate, you know something special is about to happen." Saturday will also feature the 49th running of the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (GIII), a 1 1/8 mile test on the turf.
Opening Weekend at Hawthorne Race Course "Rocktoberfest"
Saturday Night Thoroughbred Racing
October 4 post time: 3:10 pm
October 5 post time: 5:00 pm
October 6 post time: 2:10 pm
Hawthorne Race Course
3501 S. Laramie Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804
Live racing returns to Hawthorne on Friday, October 4 and concludes Sunday, December 29. Live racing will be conducted every Wednesday-Sunday. First post Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 2:10 pm. On Fridays through November 29, first post will be 3:10 pm. Saturday, October 5 is a special night racing card with a 5:00 pm first post. Beginning December 4, first post will be 1:20 pm daily. 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 www.hawthorneracecourse.com.