Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays To All

The IHHA would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We understand what an extremely difficult year this has been for so many. May the new year bring you and your loved ones good health, happiness and prosperity.

Hawthorne Purses Earned Now Available

100% of the remaining purse money owed from Hawthorne (Springfield, DuQuoin and Night of Champions) is now available. It should be hitting your individual accounts within the next day or so, if it hasn’t already. Hawthorne has not been paid in full yet from the State but it was close enough that they were able to cover all of it. Also, the final checks for the Colt Associations from the Dept. of Ag. were mailed out a few days ago as well.

Hawthorne Racino Construction Begins

Click below for some pictures, courtesy of our T-bred brothers and sisters. Hawthorne hopes to have it open and operational by December of 2021. 

http://www.itharacing.com/illinois-racing/hawthorne-racino-project

A Few Updates

During these stressful last few months of 2020, we wanted to let you know that Hawthorne Racetrack is just days away from starting the demolition of sections of the grandstand. Once that is completed, the actual construction of the Racino will begin shortly thereafter. Their goal is to have it open by the end of 2021.

Regarding the payment of purses for the Springfield/DuQuoin races held at Hawthorne and the NOC races,  we are hopeful that money will be available to everyone within the next 2-3 weeks. We are doing everything in our power to encourage the State to transfer this money as quickly as they can from the Illinois Dept. Of Ag. over to Hawthorne for deposit into our accounts. Obviously, under these circumstances, the State is under a cash crunch and we are waiting in line like many other industries. Hang in there, be smart and be safe.