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The Hawthorne Summer Harness Meet was a success by most any measure. On site handle increased by nearly 11 percent, as full fields, contentious races, and a cornucopia of promotions brought more people to the Stickney venue.

The fourth annual Night of Champions at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, August 2 anointed the newest kings and queens of Illinois-breds. Eight divisions of 2 and 3-year pacers and trotters of both sexes battled it out for supremacy.

For the last two weeks Illinois-bred 2 and 3-year-olds of both genders and gaits have mixed it up for a chance to participate in tonight's Night of Champions.

As part of Hawthorne's annual Night of Champions that takes place tomorrow night, we'll feature a pair of Trotting events, The Maxter and the Lil Bit Tuff, for ICF 2-year-olds.

A couple of weeks ago the name of iconic driver Walter Paisley appeared on the overnight for a Qualifier. Some of us thought that it was a typo. It wasn't.

Claude D Powers' Southern Rocketop, after a couple of disappointing Hawthorne races, cruised to a nine-length victory in Tuesday's (July Leg 2 of the Maxter Series, on his way to dramatically lowering the track standard for 2-year-old Colts and Geldings.

Sometimes the fourth time's the charm. The Panhellenic Stable Corporation's Dink Adoo showed that perseverance and talent will eventually win the day when in his fourth attempt at the $90,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot, the nine-year-old gelding took top prize.

For as long as Hawthorne Race Course has conducted a harness meet, the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Trot has been its featured racing event. And though times have changed and purse structures slightly altered, the race continues to attract some of the best trotters in the land, evidenced by the $3,668,194 earned by the nine-horse field.

The Chicago and Lady Chicago stakes, while perhaps a tad short on quantity, surely did not lack for quality or excitement as the 3-year-old pacers demonstrated in the co-featured races on Saturday night at Hawthorne Race Course.

Starting on Saturday, June 28, Hawthorne Race Course will off a free online elimination-style contest for its summer harness meet. The object of the contest will be to pick one horse every racing evening to finish in the money….THAT SIMPLE!!

For the next six weeks, 39 evenings to be specific, Chicago harness racing will have one home…Hawthorne Race Course. With the Summer Solstice just a few days behind us, it’s that time of the year for Hawthorne to showcase the standardbred equine and the driving talent that steers the four-footed athletes.

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