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Illinois Derby Highlights Hawthorne Spring Stakes Schedule

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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.

            With tough 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.

            The 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. 

            Joining the 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 Hawthorne’s 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.

            The 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 1/8 miles

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 furlongs

April 26           Pretty Jenny Stakes (IL)         $100,000a       3yo f                            6 furlongs

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



            Live racing 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

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