Illinois is a subsidy state, meaning the three remaining tracks there subsist mostly on corporate welfare. This non-racing-related gaming revenue also allows for first-last payouts. Everybody wins. Except, of course, the horses. With that in mind, consider the following from yesterday at Hawthorne Race Course:
race 1: Princess Toni finished last, 17+ back; her exploiters still took home $330. The 2-year-old Princess, by the way, has now been raced four times; she has finished last or next-to-last each time, a combined 85+ lengths back.
race 2: Successful Lady finished last, 29+ back; her exploiters still took home $100.
race 3: B G Attack finished last, 21+ back; his exploiters still took home $340.
race 5: Dom Caetano finished last, 22+ back; his exploiters still took home $100.
race 7: I Luv This Bar finished last, 23+ back; her exploiters still took home $240.
And worst of all, in race 4, the 3-year-old filly Rain Attack “was pushed along early…weakened…stopped in upper stretch, slowed to a walk late but crossed the wire unassisted.” Yes, “slowed to a walk,” but by virtue of crossing the wire – $100. This was Rain’s third career race, all for trainer Vance Childers and owner Lois McCrosky. The other two, both at Fairmount, Illinois’ other (subsidized) flat track: Jun 29, 2021 – last, 31 back, $800 payday; Sep 23 of this year – last, 26+ back, $420 payday. The evil of subsidizing the horseracing industry on full display, again.