2020 Race Dates Requests Filed

Hawthorne has applied for 92 harness racing dates in 2020. They will start February 15th and finish the end of September. Most of the year will be three days a week. Also, Rick Heidner and the proposed new racetrack in Tinley Park has requested 12 days of racing in December of next year. He plans to build the racetrack, paddock area first, so we can begin racing then. The entire complex will not be completed until 2021. Keep in mind, this is the first step in this process, it still must be approved by the Illinois Racing Board. That final decision of awarding race dates will be announced at their September meeting.  I know there are still many unanswered questions concerning our future and there will be growing pains, but these are changing times for us and the most important thing, is racing days are on the upswing and progress is being made. I’ve attached the official press release from the IRB.  We’ll update as more information becomes available.


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