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Live Racing Returns to Chicago on Friday

Live racing returns to the Chicago area Friday as the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne opens its spring meet at the track near Cicero, Ill. Opening day features a 10-race card with first post at 1:10 p.m. The 47-day meet runs through May 13

Hawthorne Cancels Last Two Races Wednesday

Extreme high winds in the Chicago area forced Hawthorne Race course to cancel the final two races on its card on Wednesday due to unsafe conditions.

Monmouth Winds Down, Oak Tree Heats Up

The live racing season ends Sunday at Monmouth Park near Oceanport, N.J., and at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, but as those parks prepare to lay low for the winter, Hawthorne, Oak Tree, and Turf Paradise are gearing up for openings this weekend.

Gold Cup Heats Up Hawthorne Fall Meet

The richest dirt race in Illinois, the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) headlines the fall Thoroughbred season at Hawthorne Race Course. Hawthorne opens its 71-day meeting on Sept. 28.

Ten Most Wanted Works Easy Half

Ten Most Wanted, a contender for Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II), work an easy half Tuesday at Hawthorne. He went :25.2, :38.0, and :49.4 in a breeze, galloping out 1:03.3 for the five-eigths of a mile under jockey Larry Sterling Jr. for trainer Wally Dollase.

Hawthorne Happy with Strong Fall Meet

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Hawthorne closed out a big year of racing in Chicago with fine numbers for the fall racing meeting. The fall meet brought about full fields, strong racing, and solid handle figures.

Hawthorne Executive Carey Dies

Robert F. "Bob" Carey, Jr., assistant to the president of Hawthorne Racecourse, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a fall last November.

Hawthorne Race Report: A Good Day For Duckhorn

The axiom "speed kills" holds true about every second race for Duckhorn. The other times he worries trainer Patrick Byrne half to death. Fortunately for Byrne and owner Michael Tabor, the "good" Duckhorn showed up for the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) May 19. Of course, that was bad news for his half-dozen opponents, who spent a mile and a quarter watching the rear end of the roan 4-year-old colt.

Kalu Wins Paceless Hawthorne Derby

Under jockey Jose Santos, Christophe Clement-trained Kalu set a slow early pace and held on to win in the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 3/4-lengths over 2-1 favorite Proud Man Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. The 3-year-old son of Honor Grades completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.49 of firm turf. After the race, Santos broke his right wrist when the horse reared up unexpectedly while heading to the winner's circle.

Hawthorne: Reduced Takeout Rates and Turf Racing

Hawthorne Race Course, which carried the Thoroughbred sport in the Chicago-area during a two-year dark period at Arlington Park in the late 1990s, will open May 1 for the first of two meets and feature reduced takeout rates on wagers. The meet will mark the return of grass to the Chicago racing calendar.

Illinois Board Approves Fairmount Improvements

The Illinois Racing Board is satisfied that Fairmount Park officials are making progress to improve conditions in the track's stable area. The IRB earlier this year took Fairmount General Manager Brian Zander to task for poor drainage, poor maintenance and other shortcomings. At Tuesday's regularly scheduled February meeting, Zander reported on progress.

Hawthorne's Top Events to Highlight Spring Meet

The Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), displaced from its fall date by a scheduling change, will be run this year on Preakness Day, May 19, for a purse of $500,000. The Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) will be run on the Hawthorne turf on May 12. The changes are part of an overall stakes schedule of 15 events during Hawthorne's split meet. Six will be run during the spring, the remainder during the fall/winter season.

Five Tracks Cancel Friday Racing

Weather conditions forced five tracks -- Turfway Park, Hawthorne Race Course, Mountaineer Park, Charles Town, and Penn National Race Course -- to cancel racing again on Friday. Friday's cancellation marks the seventh time in just over a week Turfway has canceled racing due to weather and Hawthorne's fifth such cancellation. Charles Town, Mountaineer and Penn National each have lost all or part of three cards recently.

Weather Continues to Impact Live Racing

The inclement weather that has hit the Midwest and Northeast continues to have a negative impact on live racing. At Turfway Park, which conducted live racing Wednesday night for the first time in more than a week, cancelled the Thursday night card due to "continued snow...temperatures dipping to 30 below zero with the wind chill."

Hawthorne Offering $250,000, Pick 9 Wager

Hawthorne's director of operations, Thomas F. Carey III has announced that starting Saturday and continuing through the end of the meet, Hawthorne will offer a $250,000 Guaranteed Pick 9 wager. To win the wager, a fan must select the winner of each of the nine races on a single card. The minimum wager on a straight Pick 9 ticket is $2, but $1 part-wheels are available as well.

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