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Xpressbet to Sponsor Hawthorne Race Course's Illinois Derby



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Xpressbet Customers Can Earn Share of 1 Million XB Rewards Points by Hitting Illinois Derby Day Pick 4


APRIL 10, 2014 (Washington, PA) – Leading Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) provider, Xpressbet, has announced that it will be the sponsor of the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby.  The Illinois Derby, presented by Xpressbet, will be contested at Hawthorne Race Course on April 19, 2014 and serves as a key race for three-year-olds seeking to continue along the path to the Triple Crown.


The 1 1/8-mile Illinois Derby is one of the nation’s premier races for three-year-olds, and several of its recent participants have gone on to immediate Triple Crown success.  That list includes War Emblem (1st, 2002 Kentucky Derby & Preakness), Musket Man (3rd, 2009 Kentucky Derby & Preakness), Denis of Cork (3rd, 2008 Kentucky Derby & 2nd, Belmont Stakes), Sweetnorthernsaint (2nd, 2006 Preakness) and Ten Most Wanted (2nd, 2003 Belmont Stakes).  In each of its last two renditions, the Illinois Derby was contested by a full field of 14 runners. 


“Each year, The Illinois Derby attracts a large field of exceptional racehorses, and its positioning on the calendar makes it a valuable prep race for the Preakness Stakes, which is one of The Stronach Group’s premier events,” said Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski.  “We’re proud to partner with a great organization like Hawthorne, and we’re happy to support the racetrack, its patrons, and the Illinois horsemen and racing industry.” 


Hawthorne Assistant General Manager, John Walsh, added, “Xpressbet is a great partner, and we’re thrilled to have them on board as the sponsor of the Illinois Derby, presented by Xpressbet.  At this time of the year on the racing calendar, hope springs eternal for thousands of horses, and anything feels possible.  We’re eager to watch the top horses in the Illinois Derby go on to contest in top divisional races like the Preakness, Belmont, Haskell and Travers.” 


Xpressbet customers can wager on the Illinois Derby online, over the phone or with their mobile device.  Customers that hit Hawthorne’s Late Pick 4 on Illinois Derby Day through Xpressbet will win a share of 1,000,000 XB Rewards Points.  For a full list of Xpressbet Rewards Promotions, please visit


First post at Hawthorne on Illinois Derby Day is 2:45pm ET.  In addition to the Illinois Derby, presented by Xpressbet, the card also features the Grade 3, $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap for fillies and mares.  Other stakes held on Illinois Derby Day are the $100,000 Robert S. Molaro Handicap and the $100,000 Third Chance Handicap, both for Illinois-breds. 


About Xpressbet

Xpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. 


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