Ahead Of Casino, Renovations, Hawthorne Sees Handle Increase, Bigger Field Sizes

With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall Thoroughbred meet concluded with increases in handle and field size. Additionally, a pair of new Hawthorne champions were crowned in the leading rider and trainer categories for the 32-day fall season. Removing two partial cards from […]

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ITHA: Churchill Downs Inc. Deceived Industry, Threatens Future Of Arlington Park

The following statement is from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association concerning the lack of agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a 2020 contract to fund overnight purses at Arlington Park. According to the ITHA, under a new gaming law, tracks and horsemen’s groups are required to have a contract prior to the beginning of the […]

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Longtime Hawthorne ‘Quarterback’ Tom Carey Dies At 87

Hawthorne Race Course patriarch, Thomas F. Carey, passed away Tuesday at the age of 87 years-old in Florida.   Born November 11, 1932, Tom turned heads in the sporting world as an All-State quarterback at Mt. Carmel High School. Tom then went on to play football for four years at Notre Dame under legendary coaches Frank […]

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Casino Veteran Kevin Kline Named New CEO Of Gaming At Hawthorne

In anticipation of its licensure as part of Illinois’ recent casino and gaming expansion, Hawthorne Race Course has hired Kevin Kline as its new CEO of Gaming.  The 110-year old family-owned and operated business applied to the Illinois Gaming Board for a casino gaming license on August 26 before a 60-day deadline established by the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Sting Left On Illinois Racing By Churchill Downs Inc.

You’ve probably heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but needs help getting from one side to the other. He sees a frog and tells him of his desire, asking if he can ride across the stream on the frog’s back. The frog says, “Why should […]

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‘Hope And Optimism’: Illinois Gambling Legislation To Put Casinos, Sports Betting At Racetracks

After more than 25 years of frustration, Illinois racetracks and horsemen will soon be able to better compete with neighboring states that benefit from casino revenue, thanks to omnibus gambling legislation that passed both the House and Senate in Springfield during overtime sessions this weekend. On Saturday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 690 by […]

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Adverse Weather Forces Cancellation Of Final Five Races At Hawthorne

Due to adverse weather conditions, a slurry of rain, sleet, and snow, Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the final five races on the card. With the safety of the riders and the horses in mind, Hawthorne management deemed it necessary to make this move. Check the charts for the payoffs on the horizontal wagers for the […]

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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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