Hawthorne saddles up for a bigger meet
Averaging nearly 10 horses per race and racing for purses ;www.hawthorneracecourse.com[URL]totaling near $200,000, [/URL]Hawthorne Race Course;www.hawthorneracecourse.com[URL] will open [/URL]its 2011 fall meet with a bang on Saturday.
That's quite a difference from last fall.
In 2010, Hawthorne averaged overnights of $126,000 per racing card after stakes races were removed. This year, that number is expected to be in the range of $200,000 per day for the five-day week.
Because of those strong purse numbers, increased stables from Scott Becker (36 stalls), Joel Berndt (40), Wayne Catalano (40), Chris Dorris (40) and Tom Dorris (36), Roger Brueggemann (59), and Frank Kirby (60) will be competitive all meet long.
The increased overnights were the key to an overflowing Hawthorne backstretch this fall as nearly 2,500 stalls were applied for to occupy the 1,950 that is allotted each meet.
Returning to the jockey colony is seven-time Hawthorne leading rider Chris Emigh, who will be joined by past Hawthorne champs Tim Thornton, Tanner Riggs and Israel Ocampo.
The fall stakes program has also been enhanced from 2010, with Hawthorne's trademark race, the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup returning to $500,000 and being run a week into the meet on Oct. 8. The Indian Maid Handicap and Robert F. Carey Memorial will be run on the same day as well.
With the release of the additional purse funds, Hawthorne and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have decided to further increase the stakes on Illinois Festival of Racing day (Oct. 22) from $100,000 to $125,000.
- Share Facebook Twitter
Article sent to (required)E-mail
Article sent from (required)E-mail Name
Subject Line (article title)
Message (optional)Success - Article sent Click to close
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.
Contact information ( * required )Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *
Article InformationTitle URL
Message (optional)Success - Reprint request sent Click to close