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'Deuce' Continues Perfect Start To 2014

March 29, 2014:

After opening his second season with two very impressive scores over older company in overnight racing, Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Deuce took his first crack at state-bred stakes company on Saturday night at Balmoral Park in the $10,000 Taurus Bomber Stake....read on

Zahn / Purple Heart Memorial Saturday

March 25, 2014:

On Saturday, March 29 Balmoral Park will play host to the 13th annual Harold Zahn Purple Heart Memorial Race....read on

2014 Balmoral/Maywood Stakes Sched

March 24, 2014:

The 2014 stake schedules for both Balmoral and Maywood Park have been released by racing secretary Doc Narotsky....read on

Guaranteed Pools For MAY-BAL Openers

March 14, 2014:

With a new 16-month contract with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association in place, both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park will begin their 2014 racing seasons starting tonight (Friday, March 14) with the opener at Maywood Park....read on

Balmoral Qualifiers Re-Scheduled

March 12, 2014:

After yet another winter storm pounded the Chicagoland area and the south suburbs with another five to eight inches of snow, Balmoral Park has announced that qualifying races originally scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 12) have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m....read on

Balmoral Qualifying Plans Altered

March 11, 2014:

Officials with Balmoral Park have announced that the starting time for Wednesday’s (March 12) qualifiers has been moved back to 2 p.m. (central)....read on

Balmoral & Maywood Ready For Racing

March 8, 2014:

With a new 16-month contract with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association in place, both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park are busily preparing for the opening of the 2014 racing season, which will take place on Friday, March 14 at Maywood Park....read on

Deal Reached In Illinois

March 6, 2014:

After a contract dispute kept the 2014 harness racing season in Illinois on hold, reports indicate a deal has been reached and racing will resume next week....read on

IHHA Update On Negotiations

March 4, 2014:

On Monday, March 4, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association provided an update on contract negotiations between itself, the operators of Balmoral and Maywood Park and the Illinois Racing Board....read on

WHHC Qualifiers Rescheduled

February 27, 2014:

This weekend’s USTA online qualifying contests at Maywood Park on Friday, Feb. 28 and Balmoral Park on Saturday, March 1, as well as last week’s qualifier at Buffalo Raceway, which was postponed when racing was cancelled due to weather, have been rescheduled....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

IHHA Issues Release Regarding Purses

February 18, 2014:

On Monday, February 17, the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association issued a release stating that it wants the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park to allow horsepeople to race for purses similar to 2013 levels....read on

Illinois' 2014 Season Delayed

February 4, 2014:

It has been reported that the start of the 2014 racing season in Illinois has been pushed back due to an impasse in contract negotiations between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the management of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park....read on

Illinois ADW Bill Signed Into Law

January 30, 2014:

On Wednesday, January 30, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a crucial Advance Deposit Wagering bill into law, thus averting a mass exodus from the state’s horse racing industry....read on

ADW Bill Passes, Awaits Gov.’s Signature

January 29, 2014:

Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association President Dave McCaffrey has announced that on Wednesday, January 29, the Advance Deposit Wagering bill which is crucial in averting a crisis in the state’s racing industry was passed by both the Senate and the House....read on


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