6 Illinois Stakes races at Hawthorne this Spring to be $50,000 added
The following announcement was made on the Hawthorne overnight sheet:
Due to budget cuts by The State of Illinois, all 6 Illinois Stakes will no longer include $25,000 for Illinois Conceived and Foaled. Purses for the 6 Illinois Stakes will now be $50,000 added.
Attached is a copy of a March 17, 2015 letter sent by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to Hawthorne Racecourse (each racetrack received a similar letter) announcing the suspension of grant monies to the tracks for Illinois restricted races and owners awards for Illinois horses running in open races.
Those 6 races, The Third Chance, The Robert S. Molaro, The Pretty Jenny, The Land of Lincoln, The Peach of It and The Milwaukee Avenue Handicaps were originally scheduled as $75,000 added races with $25,000 coming from the purse account and an additional $25,000 or $50,000 (for foals or breds) coming from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Those races were worth $50,000 for Illinois foaled and $75,000 for Illinois conceived and foaled. As a result of the suspension of State funding, which would leave these races with $25,000 purses, Hawthorne has increased the base purse of these races to $50,000.
Hawthorne is continuing the usual payment of Illinois owner awards in affected open company races for the rest of the Spring Meeting despite the lack of reimbursement from the State. Department of Agriculture letter to Hawthorne March 17 2015