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Illinois Racing Board

Illinois Racing Board
September 28, 2010

Contact: Mickey Ezzo
312-814-5017

IRB assigns 2011 race dates

On September 28, 2010, the Illinois Racing Board approved the following racing schedule for 2011:

THOROUGHBRED

Track Dates Live Race Programs Host Simulcast Programs
Hawthorne Race Course February 11 through February 28 - racing 2 days per week on Fridays and Saturdays; and March 1 through March 26 - racing 4 days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and March 27 through April 30 – racing 5 days per week, dark on Mondays, Thursdays, April 24 (Easter); and

October 1 through December 31 - racing 5 days per week, dark Mondays, Tuesdays, November 24 (Thanksgiving), December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas). Live racing on December 26.
  HAWTHORNE TOTAL 110 171
       
Arlington Park Racecourse Dark “host” periods: January 1 through February 10, May 1 through May 5 and September 26 through September 30 – No Live Racing.
  May 6 through September 5 - racing 4 days per week, dark Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays except live racing on May 30, July 4 and September 5.    
  ARLINGTON TOTAL 86 194
       
  TOTAL UPSTATE THOROUGHBRED 196 365
       
Fairmount Park March 15 through September 30, racing 2 and 3 programs per week, Tuesday afternoons, Friday and Saturday evenings. 75 N/A
  TOTAL THOROUGHBRED 271 365

HARNESS

Track Dates Live Race Programs Total Host Programs
Balmoral Park
January 1 through December 31 - racing 3 nights per week, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, dark on February 6 (Super Bowl), April 24 (Easter), December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas).  
  BALMORAL TOTAL 153 261
       
Maywood Park Trotting Association
January 6 through December 30 - racing 2 nights per week, Thursdays and Fridays, dark on November 24 (Thanksgiving).
  MAYWOOD TOTAL 103 104
       
  TOTAL HARNESS 256 365
       
  TOTAL THOROUGHBRED AND HARNESS 527 730

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