Our Future Looks So Much Brighter

By Mike Paradise It’s been a long time, make that too long of a time, since Illinois horsemen and their owners will go into a harness racing season with the kind of optimism created by the passing of the governor’s huge gambling expansion bill. Finally Illinois harness racing has a light at the end of […]

Saturday’s Springfield Fall Classics a Hit

By Mike Paradise The Illinois horsemen’s response to race their ICF pacers or trotters in Saturday’s Fall Reviews in Springfield turned out to be prodigious, and that’s not an overstatement, far surpassing last year’s numbers. A total of 113 ICF horses passed the entry box Wednesday for another shot at a 2019 Illinois purse, a […]

IRB Finalizes 2020 Racing Dates

At Today’s IRB meeting, 2020 racing dates were determined. Harness horsemen will enjoy a much longer racing season which has been extended from 71 days in 2019 to 104 in 2020. The Tinley Park Racino was approved for an organization license and will have their racetrack ready for us in December of next year. Click […]

A Wet Ending to Hawthorne’s Meet

By Mike Paradise Sunday was closing night for the 2019 Hawthorne harness racing season and there were two Night of Champion Consolation stake races to be decided as well an Open II trot. It would have been nice to conclude the racing season on a balmy evening with clear skies but Mother Nature had another […]

Night of Champions Questions are Answered

By Mike Paradise Not even a rain storm could put a damper on Hawthorne’s Night of Champions that saw drivers Casey Leonard and Kyle Husted bring home three winners each on the 12-race program and three of the champions overcome the 10-hole. Here’s how the gala night of racing unfolded: The $45,000 Robert S. Molaro […]