Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Horseplayers Invitational Returns With Bigger Field, Prizes

Following the success of the Inaugural Hawthorne Horseplayers Invitational in the spring of 2018, the second edition of the event returns on March 30, 2019. What started out in a marketing brainstorming session has evolved into a major event to open the spring meet at Hawthorne Race Course. Hawthorne has been an innovator in the […]

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Hawthorne Calls Off Friday Card Due To Expected Heavy Rains

The live racing card for Friday at Hawthorne Race Course has been cancelled. With heavy rains expected to begin on Thursday evening, carrying through the entire day on Friday, nearly 1.5 inches of rainfall are expected in that period in the Chicagoland area. Live racing is expected to resume on Saturday, with a first post […]

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Hawthorne Race Course First Track To Use Jockey Club HDTV Grant

The Jockey Club announced today that Hawthorne Race Course is the first racetrack to make use of its High Definition (HD) Grant Fund and will begin broadcasting all of its races in HD for the 2019 spring racing season, which began on March 15. Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, announced the […]

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Hawthorne Race Course Simulcast Signal Going HD In 2019

With the first gap in the racing calendar in over two years, the television crew at Hawthorne Race Course will remain busy as Hawthorne will be converting to High Definition for its racing coverage. Hawthorne Race Course will be partnering with International Sound Corporation to make this conversion. The conversion to high-def will begin immediately […]

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Unsafe Track Conditions Force Hawthorne To Cancel Racing Until Dec. 6

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last seven races on Friday due to unsafe track conditions. In addition, races have already been cancelled for Saturday. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety sake, […]

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Hawthorne Cancels Portion Of Thursday Card Due To Melting Ice

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last five races on Thursday due to unsafe track conditions. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety’s sake, to cancel until Friday. All carryover pools from Thursday’s […]

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Doyle ‘Set The Bar High’ At Arlington, Finished Strong As Third-Leading Rider

Jockey Sophie Doyle came into the 2018 meet at Arlington International Racecourse with a plan. With the racing season wrapping up, everything went according to said plan for the 31-year-old rider. Doyle was a new face in the jockey’s room at the beginning of the meet but had spent the spring at Hawthorne Race Course […]

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Crowded Winner’s Circle: Rare Triple Dead Heat For Victory Recorded At Hawthorne

On a snowy Sunday evening at Hawthorne Race Course, one of the rarest events in racing occurred as a triple dead heat for victory took place. In the tenth race on the card, Picky Picky Valor, Keep the Cash, and Skyway Jaylo all hit the wire together in the Open trot. The oddity was actually […]

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Average Field Size, Handle Up Significantly At Hawthorne’s Fall Thoroughbred Meet

Despite a rain-filled opening two months of the fall thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne and a cancellation of the closing day card due to extreme cold temperatures, both handle and field size saw significant increases as the meet concluded on December 29. Total daily handle for 36 day fall meet averaged $1,708,081, up 9.17% from the […]

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$1-Million Bonus Offered At Hawthorne’s NHC Qualifier In Late December

Coming off a highly successful NTRA National Horseplayers Championship qualifier this past Thanksgiving weekend at Hawthorne Race Course, one final weekend to qualify at the track has been offered. On December 29 and 30, the Xpressbet Holiday Extravaganza handicapping tournament will be closing out the thoroughbred season at Hawthorne. The contest is an open track […]

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