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Purse increase, Illinois-bred iIncentives added

05:00 AM 06 Jan 2017 NZDT
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 Hawthorne Race Course
Hawthorne Race Course

STICKNEY, IL - Stall applications for the 2017 summer harness racing 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 2017.

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.

Jim Miller

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