For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Online for Hawthorne Summer Harness Meet
Illinois-bred Incentives Added for 2017
– Stall applications for the 2017 summer harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course
are now available. The five month summer
season begins Thursday, May 11 and will race through Sunday, September 24.
Horsemen that raced at Hawthorne in
2016 will have stall applications mailed to them but can also access the
application through the Hawthorne website under the Horsemen section. Stall applications are due no later than
April 1 as stalls will be allotted by April 15.
Harness Racing Secretary Robin Schadt has put together an expanded list of conditions that
will allow for horses racing at all levels to be competitive. Additionally, purses for 2017 will be
increased 30-40% across the board.
Attached to this release is a full list of conditions and purses for
In addition to the increase in
purses, Illinois conceived and foaled horses will race for some added bonuses
in 2017. For those conditions restricted
to Illinois-bred horses, the purse will be increased 10% off the purse for an
open condition. Illinois-bred horses
will also receive a 50% allowance when racing with open horses. This will allow Illinois-bred horses to be
more competitive against open company at all conditioned levels.
Race Course, located in Stickney, IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave is open for
simulcasting day and night. In 2017, Hawthorne will conduct three racing meets.
Spring thoroughbreds kick off March 3 and race through April 29. The summer harness meet will race May 11
through September 24. Fall thoroughbreds
return October 6 and race through December 30. For information on racing and
events at Hawthorne, visit the website at www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com or