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The Department of Agriculture has relocated the IL county fair/Topline and IHHA races scheduled for August 10th and September 1 to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Also-the IHHA trot that was rained out on July 21 will be held on Sept. 1. There were no additional days available for the IHHA pace that was rained out-therefore this purse money will be equally added into the remaining 3 IHHA pace races.
There are numerous races that would have been contested at the state fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin that will not be able to be conducted in those locations this year due to the cancellation of the fairs. With purses available for these Illinois-bred races, it has been agreed upon that those races will be conducted at Hawthorne Race Course as part of the Night of Champions Series. In an effort to accommodate these races, Hawthorne Race Course will host the races on nights within the already assigned racing calendar.
With the intention of allowing for these races to be conducted for our Illinois horsemen in addition to overnight races that will be offered, the following cards will have additional races:
Friday, August 14
Saturday, August 15
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29
Races that would have been originally conducted at Springfield on August 14 and 15 will shift to Hawthorne on those evenings. Races that would have been conducted at Springfield on August 19 will shift to Hawthorne for the August 21 card. Races that would have been conducted at Springfield on August 20 will shift to Hawthorne for the August 22 card. Races that were to have been conducted at DuQuoin on August 28 and 29 will shift to Hawthorne on those evenings.
On those nights, if the amount of races exceed what would be reasonable for a 7:10 PM post, Hawthorne Race Course will make a request of the Illinois Racing Board for an earlier post time. Hawthorne intends to have pari-mutuel wagering available on all races offered. All horsemen will follow the current guidelines in place for racing at Hawthorne Race Course. Ship in assignments will be posted prior to live races. Hawthorne will have ample stall space available for horsemen shipping in and has ordered additional number pads for races.
Click below to read more from Mike Paradise’ story.
Click below for more information on the July County Fair races now being held at the Springfield State Fairgrounds.