Contact : Jim Miller - (708)
For Immediate Release
Illinois Derby Highlights Hawthorne Spring Stakes Schedule
STICKNEY, IL -- The Illinois Racing Board unanimously approved
the stakes schedule for the Hawthorne spring thoroughbred meet at their monthly
meeting on Friday. The staple of the spring
meeting, the Grade 3 Illinois Derby, will again be the highlight as it will cap
a tremendous day of racing on Saturday April 19.
winter conditions early in the year, the stakes schedule for the spring with be
at the end of the meeting as the final two weekends of the spring meet with
have a pair of Saturdays with four stakes apiece to close the spring meet.
highlighted day is April 19, as $850,000 in stakes races will be contested,
with the feature being the 57th running of the Grade 3, $500,000
Illinois Derby. Early closing for the
Illinois Derby is February 14, and is once again positioned to draw a large and
competitive field. In 2013, Departing
used the Illinois Derby as a prep for the Preakness,
following that race with victories in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and the
Grade 2 Super Derby.
Grade 3 Illinois Derby on April 19 will also be the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap. The $150,000 event for fillies and mares will
be contested at 1 1/8 miles on Hawthornes main track. In addition to the two Grade 3 events, older
Illinois-bred sprinters will also take to the track on April 19. Older state-bred males will sprint in the
$100,000 added Robert S. Molaro Handicap while
state-bred females will race in the $100,000 added Third Chance Handicap.
following weekend, on April 26, four $100,000 added stakes events for
Illinois-bred runners will take place.
Three-year-olds will be featured in the Land of Lincoln Stakes for the
boys and Pretty Jenny Stakes for females.
Older runners will go two turns as males face off in the Milwaukee
Avenue Handicap while female runners contest the Peach of It Handicap.
The 2014 Hawthorne Spring Stakes Schedule:
Date Stakes Race Purse Age/Sex Distance
April 19 Illinois
Derby (Grade 3) $500,000g 3yo 1
April 19 Sixty
Sails Hcp. (Grade 3) $150,000g 3yo & up, f&m 1 1/8 miles
April 19 Robert
S. Molaro Hcp. (IL) $100,000a 4yo
& up 6 furlongs
April 19 Third
Chance Hcp. (IL) $100,000a 4yo & up, f&m 6 furlongs
April 26 Land
of Lincoln Stakes (IL) $100,000a 3yo 6
April 26 Pretty
Jenny Stakes (IL) $100,000a 3yo f 6
April 26 Milwaukee
Avenue Hcp. (IL) $100,000a 3yo & up 1 1/16 miles
April 26 Peach
of it Hcp. (IL) $100,000a 3yo & up, f&m 1 1/16 miles
is scheduled to return to Hawthorne on Friday, February 21 with the spring meet
racing through April 27. In February,
racing will take place on Friday Sunday with Wednesday cards being added in
March. First post for the spring meet is
slated to be 1:45 PM. 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