Racing Secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming Winter Late Closing events being offered at Hawthorne, that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1. The fee for all of the winter meet’s late closers is $200. Horsemen are also reminded that a Claiming Series for […]
By Mike Paradise In the 1970s’ and 1980’s, the hey-days of harness racing in Illinois, the Chicago circuit racetracks were raking in the dough with on-track seven-figure mutuel handles and five figure attendance figures nightly. With their sport booming, spending plenty of money on promoting their sport was the norm and no Illinois harness track […]
A Look Back: Harness Racing at Arlington
By Mike Paradise Forty long years ago Arlington Park, the Midwest’s long-time premier thoroughbred racing facility, hosted back-to-back years of harness racing on its huge mile and one-eighth oval. Those Standardbred meets came in 1977 and 1978 at the northwest suburban facility in the village of Arlington Heights, Illinois. The harness racing meets came about […]
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