Some Interesting Facts from NOC

By Mike Paradise They say figures don’t lie so here are some facts and figures from last weekend’s Night of Champions that may surprise you. ***The total handle on the Night of Champions was $1,163,938 with 13 races. In 2017 the handle was $1,210,346 with only 12 races. That’s a net decline this year of […]

Springfield Fall Classic a Hit for Horsemen

By Mike Paradise Saturday’s Fall Classic at the Springfield Fairgrounds got a ringing indorsement from Illinois harness horsemen when 75 Illinois conceived and foaled 2 and 3-year-olds were entered, enabling 14 races to be carded for either two or three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. With $50,000 available in purse money funded by the Illinois […]

That’s All Folks!

By Mike Paradise It doesn’t seem that long ago that Hawthorne’s summer harness racing meet got under way and the start of summer was still on the on the horizon. Sadly summer officially came to an end last Friday and even more sadly for those of us in the Illinois Standardbred history tonight is the […]

A Unforgettable Night of Champions for Searle

By Mike Paradise Long-time Illinois horseman Steve Searle has been in the business for 40-plus years and some were lean ones at that however the 59-year-old Grant Park, Illinois resident had his night to bask in the limelight when he sent out three winning trotters on Hawthorne’s 2018 Night of Champions. The 59-year-old Searle was […]

It’s the Night of Champions with a Twist

By Mike Paradise The most anticipated Illinois harness racing program of the year has arrived. It’s Hawthorne’s Night of Champions with eleven ICF championships on the line and over $1.16 million in purse money up for grabs. The 13-race card is Hawthorne’s version of Super Night, inaugurated back in 1987 at Sportsman’s Park and in […]