Day At The Track

Racing returns to Hawthorne Race Course

04:29 AM 10 May 2017 NZST
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Hawthorne Race Course
Hawthorne Race Course
May 9, 2017 (Stickney, IL) Harness Racing returns to Hawthorne Race Course on Thursday, May 11 with a series of exciting opening weekend events.  
As the track puts final touches on a dramatic conversion of its facility from thoroughbred to standard-bred racing, which included removing over 11,000 TONS of sand, horsemen and race fans are clamoring for the opportunity to win on opening weekend.  
Track officials are expecting full capacity fields of horses based on early entries and several thousand fans on-site to witness the extreme sport of summer harness racing.
"Harness racing is such a dynamic exciting sport that is so uniquely American," said Tim Carey, president and general manager of Hawthorne Race Course.  "And we have some of the best drivers in the country who come to Hawthorne to compete. Fans will have the chance to see the best of the best race."
  • Opening Night on Thursday, May 11 with the First Post at 7:10 PM featuring free $500 "Pick 6 Contest."
  • Fan Friendly Fridays begins on Friday, May 12 after 5 PM $2 admission and a Live Racing Program.
  • Party with Corona on Saturday, May 13 featuring live music by Bifunkal, outdoor BBQ, Corona Gate Giveaway  and $3 Retro Beer Night. The first 500 guests will receive a free Koozie with paid admission after 5 PM.
  • Mother's Day Cash Giveaway on Sunday, May 14 opportunities to enter to win up to a $1000 in cash giveaways.
The recently opened Tito's Stable Bar featuring two-tiered TV display and reserved seating along with private booths with TVs for personal viewing offers the ultimate racing experience. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Guest Services at 708.780.3733.

  • General Admission is $2.
  • Hawthorne Race Course is located at 3501 S. Laramie in Stickney, IL (½ mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue).
  • Live harness racing begins on May 11 through September 24 on Thursdays - Sundays.  For the complete 2017 racing schedule
  • Stunning HD b-roll video packages and HQ digital photos available for immediate use
  • Interviews with track management, horsemen and drivers can be easily coordinated on all schedules
  • Stable/paddock tours and Harness Racing 101 information available
Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 5th oldest racetrack in the nation and the oldest sporting venue in Illinois.  Located in Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago's city limits, the 125 year old facility hosts thoroughbred racing in the Spring and Fall/Winter, and standardbred harness racing in January and the Summer.  The family-owned and operated business has been an innovator in horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation's most rewarding players program.  For additional information: | | @ClubHawthorne.
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