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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (2/5/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Yonkers, Hudson Trots Come to Hawthorne

STICKNEY, IL -- With the entire Suburban Downs at Hawthorne 2004 stakes schedule to be released tomorrow, the premiere Chicago summer harness meet got a big boost as the Yonkers and Hudson Trots have been moved to race at Hawthorne in 2004.

As Yonkers Raceway is undergoing reconstruction, the races were looking for a place to go and the prime summer dates, Midwest locale, and mile oval made Hawthorne a perfect fit for both events.

Eliminations for the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Trotting will take place on Saturday August 21 with an estimated purse of $100,000. The $350,000 estimated final will take place the following week, on Saturday August 28.

The filly and mare three-year-old division will also be well represented as the Hudson Trot also makes its 2004 home at Hawthorne. The race will be contested in divisions with the $100,000 estimated purse to be distributed on Saturday August 28 as well.

Declaration fee for the Yonkers Trot is $5,000 while the Hudson Trot carries a $1,000 declaration fee. A filly can switch to the Open race by making up the difference in payments.

Hawthorne's Director of Operations, Thomas F. Carey, III commented on the two additions to the stakes schedule, "I am extremely pleased to bring these two marquee races to Hawthorne this summer. Since harness racing returned to Hawthorne two years ago, we have continued to gain momentum and produce strong numbers which have been recognized by the Illinois Racing Board in the allotment of our summer dates in 2004. These races are both nationally renowned and will only help to further our efforts to showcase harness racing in Illinois to a national and international audience. I would like to thank the Management at Yonkers as well as the Hambletonian Society's Tom Charters for their help and efforts."

The Suburban Downs at Hawthorne summer harness meet will cover 55 racing nights from July 15 through September 7. Hawthorne Race Course is open year-round for racing action, with the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne Thoroughbred spring meet running February 27 - May 11. Following the Suburban Downs summer harness meet, Thoroughbreds will return to Hawthorne for the Hawthorne fall meet, racing September 24 - December 31. For more information, please contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

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