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Racing Returns To Hawthorne Friday

January 6, 2016:

After nearly 10 years away, live harness racing action returns to Hawthorne on Friday evening with a 10-race card of full fields. With racing returning to Hawthorne, horsemen will see increased purses in Illinois, along with five day a week racing through Saturday, February 6....read on

Hawthorne Series Deadline Extended

December 30, 2015:

Racing Secretary Peter Hanley would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming late closers that will be offered as part of the 2016 Winter meet at Hawthorne Race Course, that nominations are due by Monday, Jan. 11....read on

Hawthorne, Horsemen Excited For Meet

December 22, 2015:

Hawthorne Race Course President and General Manager Tim Carey and Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association President Dave McCaffrey have given comments on their mutual excitement regarding the upcoming meet of live Standardbred racing at Hawthorne....read on

Auction Slated For Track Assets

December 10, 2015:

Reports from Illinois indicate that assets for two Chicago-area harness tracks will be auctioned off on Monday after failing to attract a buyer to keep them from bankruptcy....read on

Hawthorne Racing Secretary Named

November 24, 2015:

Hawthorne Race Course President Tim Carey has named Pete Hanley as racing secretary for the upcoming Suburban Downs at Hawthorne harness meet....read on

Hawthorne Stall Apps Due December 1

November 20, 2015:

Horsepeople are reminded that Hawthorne Race Course stall applications for 2016 are due by December 1....read on

Illinois Bill To Help Tracks Introduced

November 11, 2015:

Illinois State Representative Thaddeus Jones has sponsored a bill in the State House that calls for the Balmoral Park and Maywood Park to remain open in hopes that a potential buyer can be sought in order for the tracks to be saved....read on

Maywood/Balmoral Dark In 2016?

September 29, 2015:

According to a report Tuesday on the Illinois Horsemen’s website, Hawthorne Race Course will be the only track in Illinois to offer Standardbred racing in 2016....read on

Hawthorne, Humane Groups Team Up

November 7, 2014:

Officials with Hawthorne Race Course, the United States’ second oldest family-owned and operated horse racing track, have announced that the track has created a partnership with three of Chicago's most reputable humane organizations to care for a feral cat colony that lives amidst its horse barns and maintenance facilities....read on

Backstretch Feral Cats In The News

November 4, 2014:

Officials with Hawthorne Race Course have issued a press release after an article regarding feral cats in the track’s backstretch was published online this past weekend....read on

Update On Illinois Impasse

February 21, 2014:

A report by the Chicago Tribune explains that Illinois’ Hawthorne Race Course for thoroughbreds is in the unusual position of leading off horse racing season in the state due to the impasse between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the operators of Balmoral and Maywood Park....read on

New Vision From New Racing Secretary

June 11, 2013:

While gaming expansion in Illinois faces continued political delays, Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois has announced that it is making moves to further strengthen its racing product....read on

Want To Own A Horse With Ed Olczyk?

March 12, 2013:

Chicago Blackhawks fans have likely heard colour commentary from Ed Olczyk that also features the former player's love of horse racing....read on

ORC Issues Equine Herpes Warning

October 19, 2012:

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has been made aware of an outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 at Hawthorne Race Course, a thoroughbred racetrack in Illinois. While racing will continue as scheduled at the track, Hawthorne has put a quarantine in place....read on

Illinois Slots Bill To Pass?

November 17, 2010:

Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association Executive Director Lanny Brooks has been cited as saying that he is more optimistic than ever before about the possibility of racetracks in Illinois getting slot machines...read on


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