Casey Returning to Pursuit What’s Now a Hobby

By Mike Paradise When Casey Leonard drives his initial horse at the upcoming Hawthorne meeting it will be the 39-year-old Illinois native’s first time in the bike in a pari-mutuel race this year. In fact, Casey hasn’t driven since closing night last September 25th, seven long months ago.  And while he is “looking forward to […]

Hawthorne Commits to 2018 Harness Racing

While the IHHA and Hawthorne Racecourse have had a contract for the 2017 race meet signed from the beginning of this year, both groups have been working on finding a comfort level for how the 2018 harness season may look. After many meaningful discussions, we are pleased to report that we have reached an agreement […]

Legislative Update

SB 7, our gaming bill, continues to sit stagnant in the General Assembly. While efforts from all entities of the horse racing industry continue to talk, lobby, cajole and harass our legislators into some movement, recently there has been none. Certainly no movement for us and little or no movement on anything else pertinent to […]

Opening weekend Hawthorne condition sheets posted

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Hawthorne’s Late Closers Come Up Robust

By Mike Paradise The list of nominated horses for Hawthorne’s upcoming Late Closer Series has been tabulated by its’ race office. A number of new faces will be on hand to engage a multitude of ICF pacers and trotters, making for some upcoming intriguing events. Late Closer No. 1, the Walter Paisley for filly and […]