Hawthorne Race Course

DerbyWars, Hawthorne Announce Contest-Simulcast Agreement

DerbyWars, the leading horse racing contest website, and Hawthorne Race Course are excited to announce the first ever agreement between a contest website operator and racetrack. The agreement calls for DerbyWars to contribute a portion of contest revenue on Hawthorne races for distribution to both the racetrack and the Illinois horsemen. In addition, DerbyWars will […]

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Hawthorne: Illinois Derby, Sixty Sails Likely Dropped From Spring Schedule

The 2016 spring race meet gets underway March 11 at Hawthorne Race Course, and it appears that there may not be any stakes races on the schedule this season. According to the Daily Racing Form, Hawthorne officials are planning to eliminate the spring stakes races in order to direct more funds into the purse account for overnight races. As […]

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Hawthorne Harness Meet Handle ‘Exceeded Expectations’

Hawthorne Race Course hosted its first harness meet in eight years this winter, beginning Jan. 8 and set to end Saturday night. Director of publicity and racing analyst Jim Miller told drf.com that the meet’s handle “exceeded expectations,” due to the racing secretary’s efforts to card full fields with claiming conditions and the fact that […]

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Hawthorne: Mandatory Hi-5 Payout Wednesday; Pick 4 Takeout Reduced Starting Jan. 1

With a carryover building over the past month, the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover at Hawthorne Race Course has risen to $294,219. With the end of the meet nearing, a mandatory payout on the Hi-5 will be Wednesday, December 30. The Hi-5 is a $.20 wager that requires the player to select the first five finishers in […]

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Game On: Club Hawthorne Caught Trolling Heckler On Twitter

In what proved to be a very entertaining exchange on Saturday, @ClubHawthorne, Hawthorne Racecourse’s official Twitter account, engaged in a conversation with the Twitter account Nunya (@playingponies). It all began with an innocent promotional post by Jim Miller (@HawthorneJim): Track fast for races Saturday @ClubHawthorne — Jim Miller (@HawthorneJim) December 19, 2015 The operator of […]

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Hawthorne Cancels Wednesday Card Due To Dangerous High Winds

Wednesday’s live racing card at Hawthorne has been cancelled due to dangerous wind conditions. A recent system through the Midwest that brought rain and heavy winds on Tuesday has led to increased winds out of the South on Wednesday with gusts in excess of 50 MPH. All races that were originally carded on Wednesday will […]

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2016 Illinois Calendar Set With 21 Fewer Racing Days In Chicago

A joint dates proposal submitted by Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course was approved by the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday, leaving Chicago with 21 fewer Thoroughbred racing dates in 2016 than the year before, according to The Daily Racing Form. Arlington’s meet is down to 74 days from 77, while Hawthorne will be down from […]

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Illinois: Fighting For Survival, Racetracks Continue To Push For Slots

Despite offering clever promotions as a way to attract customers and drum up interest in horse racing, attendance continues to fall at Illinois racetracks. According to an article in the Star Tribune, tracks continue to struggle with low purses, betting is down, and horse owners prefer to run their horses in nearby states – such […]

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The 123racing Pick 6 Of The Week: Saturday At Hawthorne

Each week, 123racing is providing analysis to help you handicap its new, innovative wager, the 123racing Pick6. The bet is different from the traditional Pick 6 in that a player gets points for first, second, and third-place finishes (based on pari-mutuel payoffs) by his or her selections in each of the six races. For example, if […]

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Hawthorne Jockey Stephanie Slinger Sent to Hospital After Spill

Jockey Stephanie Slinger was taken to Loyola Medical Center complaining of rib and back pain after being thrown from her mount in the fifth race Jan. 1 at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill. The track said the rider suffered only bruises, and did not appear to have any broken bones. Slinger’s mount in the […]

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