Chicago Racing Revival: Illinois Jockey Club Plans to Renew American Derby at Pretentious New Race Course, Daily Racing Form, 1922-07-27


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CHICAGO RACING REVIVAL Illinois Jockey Club Plans to Renew American Derby at Pretentious New Race Course. The Illinois Jockey Club now has a lease on the Hawthorne track and plans are underway for the rehabilitation of that plant. The idea of the club is, however, to have its racing plant the home of the American Derby and hold the Hawthorne track to keep out competition, that track being the one remaining course in the neighborhood of Chicago still possible to rehabilitation for racing purposes, says the Chicago Daily News. It is said 1,000 Chicago "business men," members of the Illinois Jockey Club, have pledged a sum of money sufficient to provide for all expenses necessary to the revival cf racing here on a scale comparable to that in New York. While the Illinois Jockey Club has the lease on Hawthorne, it has two bona fide sites, one south and one north. A track one and one-half miles in circumference will be built and a steel and concrete grandstand that will accommodate 50,000 spectators. One hundred thousands dollars will be given the three-year-olds in the American Derby renewal, the largest amount on record for an event of the kind. The plant will include an athletic stadium for football, with a seating capacity of 100,000, clubhouse, golf grounds, roque and tennis courts and swimming pools of a quarter mile in length. The legal end of the Chicago racing program is being handled by able lawyers and a test case is forthcoming and plans are said to be fully under way for action in .tne legislature. One thing is certain and that is that Chicago will be on the map in the racing world. It may be added that the proposed sites secured are both outside the jurisdiction of the city government, but within twenty-five minutes of the loop.

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