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“Build it and they will come” as Kevin Costner told us in the 1989 hit movie Field of Dreams. Hoping to capitalize on Illinois’ biggest night of racing, Night of Champions, Hawthorne Race Course has also added a pair of $25,000 Invitationals that have attracted some of the top “open” pacers and trotters currently campaigning locally and throughout the Midwest as part of Saturday’s huge 13-race program. All the action is scheduled to kick off at 6:55 p.m. and the Invitationals will go as races nine and 10 on the program.    “We are really thrilled with the turn out we have received for these events,” said Director of Publicity/Racing Analyst Jim Miller. “Eventually we want to grow these events into $50,000 and then $100,000 type of events that people will circle on their calendars when plotting out a horse’s engagements for the year and this a great start.” Trotters will be first to hit the track in race nine with Summit Pacing Acres Satin Dancer installed as the 5-2 morning line choice in the field of 10. The four-year-old Indiana bred daughter of Big Stick Lindy has racked up 24 career wins for trainer Byron Hooley, hitting the board in 39 of 47 career starts while earning almost $675,000. Burke Racing Stable will send out their veteran campaigner Call For Justice from post three and the six-year-old can draw closer to the $550,000 mark in lifetime earnings as he looks for his 39th lifetime victory while going behind the gate for career start 99. The son of Justice Hall boasts a mark of 1:52.4 and has hit the board in 67 of his 98 starts. Minnesota sensation Pridecrest will carry the hopes of owner Chris Schick as the six-year-old Angus Hall gelding looks for his fifth straight victory. A 30-time career winner, Pridecrest will have the services of leading reinsman Casey Leonard on Saturday night as he leaves from the inside post in search of his 13th win in 21 trips to the gate in 2018. Rounding out this fine field of sidewinders are Chupp Racing’s Pine Dream, who is fresh off back to back wins here at Hawthorne; Celebrity Farms Celebrity Eventsy, a career winner of $566,000; CC Racing’s Gloire Dream, an Ohio invader who has taken a mark of 1:53.1 this season; Robert Key’s Cue Hall, who owns the distinction of being the fastest trotter in the field with a mark of 1:52.0 this year; Jeralene Roland’s Banker Volo, who recently went over the $400,000 mark in career earnings; Robert Silberberg’s Walter White and 11-time winner over the past two years whose career best of 1:53.3 came here at Hawthorne earlier this season and John Barnard’s Swan Chase, an Indiana Sire Stake terror who banked nearly $300,000 last season. In total the 10 trotters entered into this inaugural Night of Champions Invitational Trot have 240 career wins with nearly $4.1 in lifetime earnings. The pacers will follow in race 10 with Burke Racing Stable’s Dancin Yankee dropped in as a heavy 9-5 favorite in the group. The 10-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is showing no signs of slowing down with age racking up nine wins, seven seconds and one third in 20 starts this season while adding another $160,275 to a career bankroll which now sits at a whopping $1.8 million. The 68-time career winner also boasts a lifetime mark of 1:47.2. Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher’s New Talent is fresh off miles of 1:48.4 and 1:48.3 at The Red Mile and Hoosier Park respectively and this five-year-old gelding figures to get plenty of attention despite being stuck on the far outside of this field. With 16 of his 18 lifetime wins coming over the past two seasons the five-year-old son of Mach Three is definitely living up to his name.  Allard Racing Inc and Rick Howles have sent their five-year-old A Bettors Risk right back to Hawthorne for this event after “gutting” out a thrilling victory in 1:50.2 in last week’s Open on this surface. Under the watchful eye of conditioner Payton Ode this altered son of Bettor’s Delight has a mark of 1:48.3 this season and appears to be a pacer who is starting to establish himself as one of the fastest in the mid-west this year. Completing the field for the Invitational Pace will be Engle Stable & JL Benson Stable’s Ballerat Boomerang who invades from Pennsylvania with more than $81,000 in earnings on his card this year for trainer Nick Surick; The Panhellenic Stables Granite who is fresh off back to back victories at Hoosier Park; Z Tam Stables Uncmprmising Z Tam, a 12-time winner this year with a mark of 1:49.0 which was taken at Hoosier Park in June; Clinard Properties Inc.’s Yankee Bounty, who sports lifetime earnings of more than $733,000; Terry Leonard and Chris Schick’s Trashytonguetalker, who has been one of the top pacers on the Chicago circuit for the past few seasons; Chris Choros, Eleven Star Stables, Jeff Brewer and P. J. Dillon’s Bettor Spirits N, a wire to wire winner in 1:51.0 last week at Dayton and Ervin Miller and John Koliopoulos’s Air Strike, a seven-time winner in 2018. With eerily close stats to their trotting brethren, this classy field of pacers has put together 251 lifetime victories with just over $4.5 million in career earnings.  Fans can also enjoy a “blast from the past” as some of Chicago’s biggest driving stars of the past will be on hand to meet and greet fans in the Revel Stoke Party Box area located behind the winner’s circle on the first floor of the grandstand. Such favorites as Dave Magee, Joe Anderson, Doug Hamilton, Jerry Graham, Connel & Nelson Willis, Dan Shetler, Dwight Banks, Lavern Hostetler, Wayne Temple, Delvin L. Insko, Carl Porcelli and Randy Jacobs are all expected to be on hand. The meet and greet is expected to start around 7p.m.  Please contact Guest Services as (708) 780-3733 for more information. by Tom Kelley, for Hawthorne Race Course

“Baby its cold outside” as the song goes. Nothing could be any truer than those lyrics here in Chicago but the harness racing action will be heating things up starting on Friday, Jan 5th at Hawthorne Race Course. Despite a stretch of record breaking cold in which temperatures have struggled to get into the single digits during daylight hours a track crew of more than 100 has worked tirelessly to move over 11,000 tons of sand, level everything to perfection and remove the safety rail to have things ready for the Friday opener which will get underway at 7:05 pm. The upcoming winter meet will consist of 27 nights of racing with the opening two weeks going on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. After that racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Sunday schedule through Feb. 18th.  A special Monday night of racing will be presented on Presidents Day, Feb. 19th to close out the winter proceedings. There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4th but the trotters and pacers will be in action on Monday, Feb. 5th instead. There will be a variety of giveaways and contests during the winter meet starting with a well-timed Knit Hat giveaway on Saturday, Jan.6th. The popular Hawthorne Gold Cup Dining Room will open every Friday and Saturday at 6pm for those wishing to enjoy a great meal while viewing the races from a comfortable climate controlled seat right on the finish line. Fan friendly Friday’s also return with a $500 cash back giveaway plus food and drink specials. On the track the driving colony will be as strong as ever with last year’s top reinsmen Casey Leonard and Mike Oosting leading the way. They will be joined by the likes of past regulars like Todd Warren and Sam Widger, who are both returning from Hoosier Park as well as newcomer Brandon Bates who enjoyed his biggest year to date in 2017 while campaigning at Hoosier.  Ryan Anderson begins the meet just 3 visits to the winner’s circle away from reaching the prestigious 3,000 win mark in his career. The racing action should be very competitive as well with three claiming series attracting horses from various tracks throughout the U.S. and 11 different “conditioned” series drawing both state-bred and open pacers and trotters from throughout the Midwest. Once again post time each night during the winter meet will be at 7:05 pm. For a complete 2018 racing schedule or any other information please visit Tom Kelley

Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming Winter Late Closing events being offered, that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1st. The fee for all of the winter meets late closers is $200. Horsemen are also reminded that a Claiming Series for $6,000 & $10,000 claimers of both sexes will also be offered to kick off the meet. Nomination payments for these series are $200 & $300 respectively and must be postmarked no later than Dec. 18th.    All horsemen wishing to compete at Hawthorne Race Course should submit a stall application immediately whether planning to stay on the grounds or ship in. Stall applications, entry forms, and schedules for all the late closing series can be found at All payments should be made payable to Suburban Downs Inc. and sent to: Hawthorne Race Course Att. Horseman’s Bookkeeper 3501 S. Laramie Avenue Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 780-3700 Tom Kelley  

If the answer is yes then you need to be watching and wagering on this Saturday's (July 15th) harness racing card at Hawthorne Race Course. Once again track management has joined forces with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative offering up a whopping $500,000 Guaranteed Pool on the tracks .20 cent Jackpot Hi-5 wager. That total is one of the largest Guaranteed Pools in North American Harness Racing history! The hugely popular wager, which requires horseplayers to select the lone winning ticket on the top five finishers in a designated race, has gone unclaimed through the first 38 nights of the meet resulting in a carryover pool of $224,190 heading into Saturday's card. Similar situations at Woodbine-Mohawk and the Meadowlands have resulted in huge sums of "new money" being wagered into the pool so don't be surprised if Saturday's pool far exceeds the guaranteed number of $500,000. Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12-line program pages for the guaranteed pool courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at For those coming out to Hawthorne for the live action this weekend also marks the return of the festive Americana Nights promotion featuring live music, family fun, a celebrity race and the wildly popular wiener dog races on the track apron. Post time for Friday and Saturday's opener at Hawthorne is 7:10 pm (central). Post time for Saturday's 10th race and the Jackpot Hi-Five guarantee is tentatively scheduled for 10:45pm (central). A 12-horse field is scheduled to greet the starter for this event. Tom Kelley

Stickney, IL – With the summer Suburban Downs at Hawthorne Race Course meet to open on Thursday, May 11, over 600 stalls have been allocated on the Hawthorne backstretch.  Harness Racing for the summer meet will be conducted four nights a week, racing Thursday through Sunday evening with a 7:10 PM post time. The Suburban Downs at Hawthorne Meet concludes on Sunday, September 24. Attached to the release is the list of allocated stalls for the meet. Horses, and families of horsemen will be allowed to move onto the grounds of Hawthorne on Thursday, May 4.  Two days of qualifiers will be offered prior to the open of the racing season.  Qualifiers will take place on Friday, May 5, and Monday, May 8.  Each day qualifiers will begin at 10:00 AM.  During the racing season, qualifiers will take place prior to racing on Thursday evenings.  Qualifiers will paddock in Barn 1 on the Hawthorne backstretch. The first day of entries will take place on Monday, May 8. The draw schedule for the racing meet will be as follows: Monday – Double draw races for Thursday and Friday Tuesday – No Draw, racing office closed Wednesday – Draw for Saturday races and Thursday qualifiers Thursday – Draw for Sunday races The entry box will be scheduled to close at 9:00 AM with the exception of opening week as the box will remain open until after qualifiers are completed. For the first two qualifying dates, entries for qualifiers for Friday, May 5 will be taken on Thursday, May 4. Entries for qualifiers for Monday, May 8 will be taken on Sunday, May 7.   A reminder for horsemen, horses will only be allowed to bed on straw, no shavings will be allowed.  Barn D will be the paddock once again for the meet.  Paddock and Lasix times will be posted prior to the first draw day. Tom Kelley

Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen that stall applications for the 2017 Summer Harness Racing meet at Hawthorne Race Course are due by April 1st. Hawthorne management asks that all trainers, regardless of whether they will be shipping in or stabling on-site to please submit the required stall application. Racing will kick off on Thursday, May 11th and will be conducted four nights  a week on a Thursday-Sunday schedule through Sunday, Sept. 24th.  Nominations for all of the late closing series events must be postmarked by April 1st as well. More information and nomination forms can be found at The deadline for this year’s ICF 2yo stakes program ($1,250) is April 15th. Nominations for the Cicero Claiming Series must be postmarked no later than April 24th.  Information on all these events can be found on the Hawthorne website ( and also on the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association website at Tom Kelley    

Hawthorne Race Course will offer a $20,000 guaranteed pool on tonight's Late Pick 5 as the countdown to the Night of Champions, Illinois' biggest night of harness racing action, kicks off. The popular 50 cent minimum bet, which was not hit last Sunday night, now features a carryover pool of more than $7,500 which will be added to Thursday night's action. The Late Pick 5 will entail races 6-10 on tonight's competitive 10-race program which kicks off a 7:10 p.m. (central). That is just one of three big pools available to Hawthorne players on Thursday night as the 20 Cent Jackpot High Five, which is on race 10 on Thursday night, features a carryover pool of more than $52,000 heading into the big weekend of racing action at Hawthorne. As always on Thursday nights, the 50 Cent Late Pick 4 on races 8 through 11 also features its usual $10,000 guaranteed pool. These three big exotics should give Hawthorne players plenty of incentive to head for the windows as they look to accumulate a nice bankroll before heading into the biggest night of racing in 2016 in the Chicagoland area on Saturday night. Fans are reminded of the special 7:00 p.m. post time for the Night of Champions on Saturday, Sept 10th as the big 12-race program, featuring 11 Illinois conceived and foaled championships for the first time in Chicagoland harness racing history, figures to provide plenty of excitement from start to finish. There will be an autograph session as well as a meet and greet with the drivers from Hawthorne beginning around 5pm on Saturday so fans are urged to get to the races early and get their pictures signed and autographed by their favorite reinsmen. Fans can also get more information on dining, seating and drink packages by visiting or by calling (708) 780-3700. Handicappers across North America can get their head start on the competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pools courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at Tom Kelley

Fort Washington, MD--- The anticipation is building as live racing action prepares to return to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday September 13, for the 2016 fall meet. Racing applications are now available online, and all horsemen are reminded they are due by September 1.   Among the many changes for the upcoming meet, which runs through December 15, are new ownership of the facility and harness racing on Thursday's rather than Sunday's.   Excitement is high as The Stronach Group, which own and operate several thoroughbred tracks across the country, are now dipping their toes into the harness racing scene after recently completing the sale of Rosecroft Raceway from Penn National Gaming Inc.   "We're excited about moving forward at Rosecroft," said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. "We look forward to expanding our simulcast network, having a presence in the Washington D.C. market and growing the harness racing market herein the mid-Atlantic area."   The first qualifying day will be Saturday September 10, at 10:00 am. Once the meet gets underway qualifiers will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. starting September 20. Thanks to a high quality of racing stock expected to be competing at Rosecroft the qualifying times have been lowered to 2:02 for pacers, and 2:04 for trotters. The first draws will be on Wednesday September 7 for opening night, and Monday September 12 for the following Thursday. Post time will be at 6:40 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of a "dark" day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24.   Director of Racing / Racing Secretary, Pete Hanley noted that purses will average around $83,000 per program with preferences given to Maryland owned, sired or bred horses, who will also continue to receive a 20% bonus on their earnings as well.   "We are looking forward to another exciting and competitive meet," explained Hanley. "Our last meets leading trainer Joe Offutt, didn't solidify the crown until late into the season and the driving championship here at Rosecroft wasn't decided until the final race of the meet as Russell Foster and Jonathan Roberts ended up in a dead heat with 45 wins apiece. Perennial driving champ Frank Milby was just one win behind that pair with 44 and I'm certainly hopefully that things will come down to the wire once again."   Tom Kelly  

It will be a smorgasboard of carryovers and guaranteed pools for harness racing fans on Thursday, July 21st at Hawthorne as the non-stop action starts at the opening bell and goes all the way through the 11thand final race of the night. Kicking off the action is the .50 Cent Early Pick 5 (races 1-5) which features a carryover of $6,198. Hawthorne’s track management along with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program have joined forces to offer up a $20,000 guaranteed pool to get the festivities started. Next on the docket is the .50 Cent Early Pick 4 (races 2-5) which will feature a guaranteed pool of $30,000 thanks in part to a $7,104 carryover which will be added to the pot. The .50 Cent Late Pick 4 (races 8-11) also features its usual $15,000 guaranteed pool on Thursday night. If that isn’t enough to get gamblers pumped about the chance to take home a big payday on Thursday the popular .20 Cent Jackpot High 5 (race 11) also has a carryover pool of $18,589 just waiting for someone who can create the one winning ticket on the Thursday finale. Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12-line program pages for the guaranteed pool courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at Once again post time at Hawthorne is 7:35 pm (central). Remember this will be a shortened week at Hawthorne with no live racing on Saturday, July 23rd. Racing will resume as usual on Sunday, July 24th.   Tom Kelley    

Almost three-years to the day after notching his 1,000th career driving victory, Hawthorne's defending winter-meet harness racing driving champion and current summer-meet leading reinsman Casey Leonard had cause to celebrate another milestone as he posted his 2,000th career victory with the Nelson Willis trained Uncle Bud in Saturday's fourth race. A third generation horseman, who sports a business management degree from Western Illinois University, Leonard has been dominating the driving ranks in the Chicagoland area over the past few seasons winning titles at Hawthorne and the now shuttered Balmoral & Maywood Park racetracks. Despite growing up in and around the sport becoming a driver or trainer in the game was never number one at the top of the charts for the 38-year-old Leonard. "I worked in warehouse and supply chain management before my uncle (Gary) passed away in 2000," said Leonard. "That's when dad (Terry) asked me if I would come back home and help with the farm so I did. Initially I had just planned on training some horses to help out but then I received the opportunity to drive some very nice horses and wound up making some good money with them. That's when the driving end of the business really started to get into my blood." Having come a long way from his first career victory at the Woodstock County Fair back in 1996, the quiet but confident Leonard has been like a fine wine, continuing to get better and better with age. Casey has posted more than 1,600 of his 2,000 career wins since 2010 while more than $8.2 million of his $11.8 million in career driving earnings have come in the past 7 seasons. "I don't regret for one minute starting my career a little later than most guys do," said a joyful Leonard in the winner's circle. "Things have really taken off for me over the past few years so maybe it was some master plan that it's all worked out the way it has." When asked if the grind of commuting nearly 80 miles each way from his home ever seemed like it was just a little too much Leonard answered with a resounding no. "It does make for some long days and nights training horses in the mornings and then coming into drive at night but this is my job and how many people get the chance to say they can have this kind of fun at their job," said Leonard. "I also get the honor to drive for most of the top trainers here on the Chicago circuit so I darn well better get them some winners." Leonard also wasted no time starting on the path to 3,000 career victories by guiding Summer Shandy, who is trained by his dad Terry, in the next race of the night. Tom Kelley  

While harness racing fans received a bit of a respite from the near 100 degree temperatures that gripped the Chicagoland area over the weekend, leading driver Casey Leonard remained red-hot on Sunday night at Hawthorne as the 38-year-old reinsman posted a six-pack of winners on the 11-race program. The big night on Sunday left the third generation horseman, who started his career with a victory at the Woodstock County Fair back in 1996, just four victories shy of the coveted 2,000 win mark for his career. Sunday's sizzling performance started with a 17-1 upset behind the Curt Grummel trained trotter Rose Guida and concluded with an easy four-length triumph with Ken Rucker's 8-5 favorite Capelo in the nightcap. In between the bookend victories Leonard managed to sweep races three through six with a variety of mid-level betting choices and one favorite for his many followers. Sporting a gaudy .383 UDRS going into Sunday's action the Harvard, Illinois native has a double-digit lead over Todd Warren in the driver standings for the summer meet after easily taking home leading driver honors for the five-week winter meet that concluded in early Feb. Live racing at Hawthorne resumes on Thursday, June 16th with a 10-race card on tap. First post is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. (central). Tom Kelley  

Racing fans will have some "free money" to make things interesting on Thursday night at Hawthorne Race Course as a trio of carryovers, headlined by the $25,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 5, should give fans plenty of opportunities to take home a pocketful of cash on the 11-race program. With a carryover of $9,479 in the .50 cent Late Pick 5 Hawthorne's track management along with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program have joined forces to offer up a $25,000 guaranteed pool on the popular wager which takes place on the final five races of the night (7-11) on Thursday. If that wasn't enough to get fans excited about the Thursday card there is also a carryover of $20,901 on .20 cent Jackpot High 5 wager which takes place on the final race of the night (11). That wager is a "jackpot" type of wager meaning there must be only one ticket that selects the top five finishers of the nightcap in the exact order. The .20 cent Place Pick 10 wager, which is on races 1-10 each night, also has a carryover of $1,503 heading into Thursday's card so Hawthorne's fans can jump right into the action which gets underway at 7:20 p.m. (central) on Thursday, May 19th. Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12-line program pages for the guaranteed pool courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at Please note that post time for next Sunday's Hawthorne card (May 22) will be moved back to7:35 p.m. (central). by Tom Kelley, for Hawthorne Race Course

In an effort to help horsemen prepare for the upcoming Hawthorne summer meet Harness Racing Secretary Pete Hanley has announced that Hawthorne will host a "second round" of qualifiers this week which be conducted on Saturday, May 7th, prior to the start of the regular Saturday night program. The qualifiers will get underway at 4:30 p.m. with the live card getting started at 7:20 p.m. Entries will be accepted until 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6th for the Saturday qualifiers. Drivers participating in qualifiers are reminded that training suits or colors are mandatory for all qualifying sessions. Hawthorne will host live racing on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th this week. Post time will be 7:20 p.m. each night. There will be no live racing on Sunday, May 8th. Hawthorne will then begin its four night a week schedule (Thur-Sun) starting on Thursday, May 12th. Tom Kelley

Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has released the condition sheet for the opening weekend of the upcoming 2016 "Summer" Harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course. The condition sheets can be found at or at Racing will kick off on Friday, May 6th and continue on Saturday, May 7th. There will be no racing on Sunday, May 8th for Mother's Day. Hawthorne will then begin its regular four night a week a schedule, Thursday-Sunday on Thursday, May 12th. Post time each night will be at 7:20 p.m. (central). Also please note that any "Late Closing Series Events" that had been scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 8th will now begin one week later on Sunday, May 15th while any other late closing events that had been scheduled for Wednesday nights will now be contested on Thursday nights. The same will hold true for any ICF Stakes that had been scheduled for Wednesday's beginning in June. Qualifiers are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 am and another round of qualifiers will be held on Saturday, May 7th if need be. Qualifiers will be held throughout the summer on Wednesday's at 11:00 am. Entries will close at 10 am on Tuesday for this Wednesday's qualifiers. Horsemen are reminded that they can begin moving in on Tuesday, May 3rd. From Tom Kelley, for Hathorne Race Course

Stall allocations for the upcoming summer harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course have been assigned by Stall Superintendent - Director of Publicity Jim Miller. The updated list can be found by going to The upcoming summer meet kicks off on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 25th. Post time will be 7:20 p.m. and after the opening weekend of action, Hawthorne will race on a four night a week schedule, Thursday-Sunday beginning on May 12th. Horsemen are reminded that they can begin moving in no earlier than Tuesday, May 3rd and dorm rooms will also become available that day. Rooms may be obtained at the backstretch security office next to the track kitchen. A $150 per room deposit is required. Horsemen who made deposits on rooms during the winter meet will have that deposit carried over to the summer meet for them. "With more than 500 horses scheduled to arrive at Hawthorne for the summer harness meet and more than 800 thoroughbreds heading out of Hawthorne for the summer we are asking for horsemen to arrive as late as possible and to please be patient upon their arrival," said Miller. The first qualifying day is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 am and a Wednesday qualifying schedule will stay in effect throughout the remainder of the meet. Racing Secretary Pete Hanley would also like to remind horsemen that there is still time to make nominations for the "Have Em Ready To Roll" Late Closing Series as that deadline has been pushed back to Wednesday, April 27th. All the series information and nomination forms can be found at ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 4th 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. by Tom Kelley, for Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course would like to remind horsemen that the stake payment for this season’s Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old crop must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 15th. The single staking payment of $1,250 will keep horses eligible to all four legs of the stakes series and the final or consolation which will all be contested at Hawthorne. The top 10 highest point earners in the four legs will make the finals which will be contested on Hawthorne’s Night of Champions which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10th.  The consolations are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11th. Please make nominating checks payable to:  Hawthorne Race Course C/0 Horseman’s Bookeeper 3501 S. Laramie Ave Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 780-3700 A complete list of the dates for the legs of the stakes and a nomination form can be found at Racing Secretary Pete Hanley has also decided to push back the deadline for this spring’s “Have Em Ready to Roll” Late Closing Series. Originally scheduled to close on April 15th horsemen will now have until Wednesday, April 27th to get their nominations in for the bevy of series fashioned by the ambitious Hanley. “With April 15th being “tax day” and all the other stakes in Illinois being due that day I just wanted our horsemen to have a few days to catch their breath and take a good look at what we hope will be another well-received Late Closing program,” said Hanley. All of these late closers will carry an entry fee of $200 and nominations will close on April 15th.  The complete late closing series schedule as well as instructions and nomination forms are attached and also available at CARDINAL & VIOLET ALSO DUE BY APRIL 15 Hawthorne Race Course, the IHHA and the Illinois Department of Agriculture would like remind horsemen that nominating payments for the 2016 Cardinal and Violet Stakes, to be contested at Hawthorne Race Course in September, are due to the Illinois Department of Agriculture by Friday, April 15th.   The two-year-old Violet and Cardinal Finals are tentatively scheduled to be contested on Sept. 24th and 25th. Eliminations will be held (if needed) the week prior to the finals. (Dates are subject to change). Purses for these races are yet to be determined. Staking payments for the Cardinal and Violent events are made to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Nomination forms and payment information may be found here: " Please continue to check the IDOA website or the IHHA website for updates. If you have questions, please call the Bureau of County Fairs & Horse Racing at 217-782-4231.   by Tom Kelley, for Hawthorne Race Course

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