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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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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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Reavis Saddles 2,000th Winner Saturday At Hawthorne

Michael Reavis scored his 2000th training victory with favored Mckinli’sbabyblues on Saturday afternoon at Hawthorne Racecourse, though the victory was in doubt until the final stride. Rider Carlos Marquez Jr. had Mckinli’sbabyblues in perfect stalking position, saving ground along the rail, swung out midstretch but ArticVortex got the jump on her while Reminisce, who led […]

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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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Streamline, Cammack Take State-Bred Turf Wins At Hawthorne

State-bred turf runners were featured on Saturday at Hawthorne with a pair of stakes returning to the schedule. A field of eight was featured in the Illini Princess Handicap for fillies and mares while nine males were sent postward in the Buck’s Boy Handicap. At the start of the Illini Princess, nobody seemed to want […]

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

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Illinois Racing Board approved the official schedule of racing dates for the 2019 season, according to drf.com. 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 […]

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