Hawthorne First Track to Use The Jockey Club's HD Grant Fund

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Hawthorne Race Course is the first racetrack to make use of The Jockey Club's High Definition (HD) Grant Fund and will begin broadcasting all of its races in HD for the 2019 spring racing season, which began Mar. 15.

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, announced the creation of the HD Grant Fund at the 2018 Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in response to findings from McKinsey & Company's 2018 analysis of the Thoroughbred industry that were presented at the conference.

Through the HD Grant Fund, qualifying tracks may receive up to $150,000 to purchase or lease HD production equipment.

“We are very excited about being able to showcase Illinois racing in HD and seeing the product up and running,” said Tim Carey, president and general manager of Hawthorne. “We are thankful for The Jockey Club's generosity for enabling us to make much-needed upgrades to our equipment and make our races more attractive to watch for fans and bettors.”

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