Mississippi Horsemen “Invaluable” to Hawthorne

By Mike Paradise One of the key components to filling the races on Hawthorne’s cards came from the Mississippi horsemen who spent the summer some 750 miles away from their home. “The Mississippi guys were invaluable to filling our races,” said Hawthorne’s Director of Harness Racing Operations Tom Kelley. “And they were great guys to […]

One-Time Country’s Best Program is No More

By Mike Paradise At one time the Chicago circuit had the best racing program in the country available to its players. Unfortunately that too as nosedived over the last decade and what was put out by Hawthorne at its recent meet was particularly sub-par for content. The left side of the program still has the […]

Hawthorne Horse Shortage a Sticky Situation

By Mike Paradise Hawthorne’s first summer harness meeting in eight years is behind us and one of the major concerns going into it was would they be able to attract enough horses?. Before the summer meet got under way in early May the Illinois Racing Board approved Hawthorne’s request to scrap the five-night-week format that […]

2017 Racing Dates Awarded

At today’s Illinois Racing Board meeting, the 2017 horse racing dates were announced. Click below for more. 2017 Dates Awarded

Violet’s Bring Down Curtin on Hawthorne’s Meet

By Mike Paradise Summer is already behind us and sadly so will the 2016 Hawthorne harness racing meeting after tonight’s 14-race program. Both pasted much too quickly. Sunday’s last season card at Hawthorne is headed up by the $18,900 Violet Trot and the $31,050 Violet Pace. Both championships are for 2-year-old ICF fillies. Danny Graham’s […]