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Illinois Racing Board

Illinois Racing Board
September 27, 2011

Contact: Mickey Ezzo
312-814-5017

IRB assigns 2012 race dates


On September 27, 2011, the Illinois Racing Board approved the following racing schedule for 2012:

THOROUGHBRED

Track Dates Live Race Programs Host Simulcast Programs
Hawthorne Race Course Dark “host” period: February 14 through February 16 – No live racing.    
  Live racing February 17 and 18 and racing 3 days per week, February 19 through February 27, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.    
  Live racing February 28 through April 30 - Racing 4 days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.    
  (Total spring programs - 41)    
  October 1 through December 31 - racing 5 days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays. Dark on Thanksgiving, November 22.    
  (Total fall programs – 64)    
  HAWTHORNE TOTAL 105 169
       
Arlington Park Racecourse Dark “host” period: January 1 through February 13 – No live racing.

  Live racing May 1 through September 30 - racing 4 days per week, Thursdays through Sundays. Dark on May 3. Racing live May 28, July 4 and September 3. Night racing on June 30, July 21 and August 25.    
  ARLINGTON TOTAL 90 197
       
  TOTAL UPSTATE THOROUGHBRED 195 366
       
Fairmount Park April 3 through September 21, racing 2 and 3 programs per week, Tuesday afternoons, Friday and Saturday evenings. Dark May 29 and September 4. Racing live May 28 and September 3. 67 N/A
  TOTAL THOROUGHBRED 262 366

HARNESS

Track Dates Live Race Programs Total Host Programs
Balmoral Park
January 1 through December 30 - racing 4 nights per week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dark on Super Bowl, February 5 and Christmas, December 25.  
  BALMORAL TOTAL 207 262
       
Maywood Park Trotting Association
January 5 through December 28 - racing 2 nights per week, Thursdays and Fridays. Dark on Thanksgiving, November 22.
  MAYWOOD TOTAL 103 104
       
  TOTAL HARNESS 310 366
       
  TOTAL THOROUGHBRED AND HARNESS 572 732


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