Illinois Racing Board Approves 2019 Dates; Hawthorne To Skip Winter Harness Meet

by | 09.18.2018 | 5:19pm

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Illinois Racing Board approved the official schedule of racing dates for the 2019 season, according to The major change to the schedule is that Hawthorne will not be hosting a harness meet during the winter months.

Instead, Hawthorne will return to Thoroughbred racing several weeks earlier than in 2018, which could convince horsemen to stay in Illinois rather than head south when racing ends on Jan. 12. A total of 52 dates are scheduled at Hawthorne in 2019, down from 55 this year.

Arlington will host the same number of dates, 71, as it did this year, and Fairmount Park is approved to host a 42-day season (with the ability to vacate days due to financial constraints, if necessary).


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