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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (2/28/13)

Contact: John Walsh, 708-222-3342
Savannah Short, 859-298-0003

Wednesday Racing Returns to Hawthorne Next Week

Wednesday racing returns next week. Beginning on March 6, we will host live racing Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the duration of our spring meet, which ends April 28.

Galloping Out Rummage Sale

Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund will be hosting a rummage sale in Hawthorne's Expo Center this Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. Doors open each day at 9:00 am and admission to the rummage sale is free. All proceeds of the sale go to Galloping Out, to provide funding for the rescue, care, rehabilitation and retraining of off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

3X Hawthorne Wednesdays in March

Attention Club Hawthorne members: Get 3X points on all Hawthorne wagers every Wednesday in March!

Congratulations Lee Watson!

Lifetime Hawthorne fan, Lee Watson, won $10,000 last Saturday in our Mystery Voucher promotion! To read the full story on Lee and his big win, please follow this link.

Hawthorne's Road to the Derby Contest

The Hawthorne Road to the Derby contest started last Saturday, February 23 and continues this Saturday, March 2 with the running of the Gotham Stakes. There is still time to get in the contest.

The contest, which runs through April 20, is free to enter and the grand prize will be a $1,000 wager to be played on the Kentucky Derby. There will be a winner at Hawthorne Race Course and each of the six Club Hawthorne OTBs--seven grand prize winners total. Contest rules can be found here and races that are a part of the contest can be found here.

Pool Party with the Pros

Thanks to everyone who came out to Shark City OTB for our inaugural Pool Party with the Pros this Thursday. Brandy and Randy Meier were thrilled to be a part of the Pool Party and everyone had a great time. Our next Pool Party will be held at Stoney Point Grill in Mokena and will be hosted by trainers Chris Dorris and Hugh Robertson on March 14. Chris and Hugh will offer their professional insight to that weekend's races at Hawthorne while battling each other to win the most money back for the betting pool! Everyone is invited to the Pool Party! To get a piece of the betting action, $20 gets you a piece of the $500 minimum pool, lunch meal and two drink tickets (valid for beer, wine and soda).

Weekend Brunch Buffets

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a three-hour brunch buffet that begins at 12:30 pm. Reserve your table now: 708-780-3733.


Hawthorne Race Course has been Chicago's "hometown track" for 122 years and currently offers the only traditional dirt racing for Thoroughbreds in northern Illinois. Hawthorne's spring meet opens February 15 and runs through April. Live racing is hosted Friday through Sunday in February and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March and April. Daily post time is 1:35 pm, and admission costs $4. The historic track is located a half-mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue, and 2 miles south of I-290 on Laramie Avenue at 35th Street. For more information visit or call Guest Services at 708-780-3733. Fans are welcome at and for up-to-the-minute racing tips become a follower at

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