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Leonard Sweeps Incredible Finale Leg

July 23, 2017:

Illinois-bred male juvenile pacers were the focus on Saturday night at Hawthorne as three divisions of leg two of the Incredible Finale Stakes took place....read on

Leonard Sweeps Incredible Finale Splits

June 18, 2017:

Driver Casey Leonard swept a pair of $12,000 opening round Incredible Finale Stakes divisions with Illinois-bred two-year-old male pacers Mykonos and Heza Real Shooter as a part of a six-win performance on the Saturday evening (June 17) program at Hawthorne Race Course....read on

Stakes Aplenty At Hawthorne

September 11, 2016:

Saturday evening at Hawthorne, eleven stakes finals were contested for the Night of Champions at Hawthorne. The races for Illinois-breds were contested over a 'fast' track....read on

Final Preps For Night Of Champions

September 4, 2016:

Male pacers were the focus on a fast track Saturday evening (September 3) at Hawthorne as six races took place for the final legs and preps for Night of Champions....read on

Sporty Redhot Remains Undefeated

July 25, 2016:

A 14-race Sunday card at Hawthorne featured three divisions of leg three of the Incredible Finale Stakes. The Incredible Finale is for Illinois-bred two-year-old colt and gelding pacers....read on

Illinois Freshmen Stakes Continue

June 26, 2016:

Last night the ladies were the focus, but tonight (Saturday, June 25) at Hawthorne Race Course, the boys took the stage with four divisions of leg one of the Incredible Finale Stakes for two-year-olds....read on

Stars Showcased In Southland Festival

July 26, 2015:

A mix of Illinois’s top youngsters shared Saturday night’s spotlight at Balmoral Park as the Crete oval presented five big money finals as part of the Southland Festival of Racing....read on

Balmoral Hosts Southland Festival Elims

July 19, 2015:

The countdown to the Southland Festival of Racing, one of the biggest weekends of the season for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters, began in earnest on Saturday, July 18 with a bevy of elimination action highlighting a big 12-race program....read on

Miller On His “Quirky” Speedster

September 12, 2014:

'Unlocked' seems an appropriate name for the Erv Miller-trained sophomore son of Duneside Perch....read on

Miller Trainees Triple In 'Festival' Stakes

July 27, 2014:

A busy night of state-bred stake action is in the books as Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters starred in six stake finals as part of the Crete plant’s Southland Festival of Racing....read on

Oosting Wins Four 'Festival' Stakes

July 28, 2013:

State bred pacers and trotters were front and center on Saturday, July 27 as Balmoral Park presented its Southland Festival of Racing. A total of five championship tilts were contested with more than $290,000 in purse money up for grabs as the Prairie States top two and three-year-old pacers slugged it out in one of 2013’s biggest nights....read on

Fields Set For Balmoral's Big Night

July 22, 2013:

After a busy weekend of eliminations, the fields have been set for one of the biggest nights of racing at Balmoral Park, and now the countdown begins to next Saturday’s (July 27) Chicago Southland Festival of Racing....read on

Balmoral Hosts Southland Festival

July 29, 2012:

The action on and off the track was fast and furious on Saturday, July 28, as a big crowd flocked to Balmoral Park for the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing....read on

Cup Starter Wins Incredible Finale Stake

July 31, 2011:

Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were the focus of attention on Saturday night as six big stake races with almost $350,000 in purses headlined the Southland Festival of Racing at Balmoral Park...read on

Faves Dominate Southland Festival Elims

July 24, 2011:

After a week of oppressive heat and humidity in the Chicagoland area, the action on the track at Balmoral Park was just as hot as elimination’s for next week’s Southland Festival of Racing produced some very impressive performances from the state-bred set on a steamy Saturday night...read on


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