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Fall Meet Opens With Renewed Optimism

Fall Meet Opens With Renewed Optimism

 

††††††††††††††† The changes may not seem like a lot on the surface, but behind the scenes, the planning is constant in regards to everything going on at Hawthorne.With the recent passing of gaming expansion and sports wagering in Illinois, Hawthorne Race Course has grand plans for 2020 and beyond.

††††††††††††††† The fall meet kicks off with renewed optimism as plans to card more races, the return of the Illinois-bred stakes schedule, and a new racing surface are in place.This fall, Hawthorne intends to run additional races while looking to maintain a larger field size.The fall meet has always been strong as horses converge from the recently concluded meet at Arlington, along with Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana and shippers from Kentucky.

††††††††††††††† The Illinois-bred stakes schedule is back on the menu as well, with eight stakes on the fall meet menu, six of those returning after a one year hiatus.The racing surface is fresh too as the track crew put in overtime hours to perfectly spread the Hawthorne dirt after the end of our summer harness season.While the process happens quickly, the track is inspected in regards to consistency, drainage, and most importantly safety.

††††††††††††††† The fall meet will be a quick one, but the excitement as to what is on the horizon is what everyone is looking forward to most.The fall meet begins today as we race through January 4, 2020.In October and November, Hawthorne will be racing live every Thursday through Saturday.Beginning in December, racing will take place on Friday and Saturday.First post in October and November will be 3:10 PM then shifts to 12:55 in December.

††††††††††††††† Upon conclusion of the fall thoroughbred meet the massive work will begin at Hawthorne.Hawthorne intends to start the overhaul of the facility early in January as construction crews, architects, and workers from the area will begin their rebuild of Hawthorne Race Course.Construction will be non-stop as massive interior and exterior renovations will be taking place.

††††††††††††††† Hawthorne plans to have the massive rebuild completed before the end of 2020 as a new look racing facility, complete with casino, sportsbook, and restaurants will be located within our facility.The Carey family has had a focus on horseracing for over 100 years and that wonít change as we look to grow the racing product once again in Illinois.

††††††††††††††† The completion of this project will lead to new income sources at Hawthorne which will benefit racing.Increased purses, additional live racing dates, and the return of a full stakes schedule are all in the plans for Hawthorne Race Course.A focus on growing the sport in Illinois from the ground up will also be a something that the staff at Hawthorne, along with our horsemenís organizations will be working toward.A rebuild that starts on the breeding end leads to more Illinois-bred runners.That leads to the creation of jobs within racing along with at Hawthorne, and a return to a thriving position nationally in racing will all be at the forefront.

††††††††††††††† This fall is going to be a fun racing meet at Hawthorne.While we look to do great things in racing right now, we also cannot wait to see what is just around the corner as big things are ahead for our horsemen, our customers, and our staff here at Hawthorne Race Course.

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