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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course (2/26/16)

Contact: Tom Kelley, 708-780-3700


Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has announced an ambitious late closing series that should give trotters and pacers at all classes a chance to race for “added money” with his “Have Em Ready To Roll” Late Closing Series which is scheduled to kick off in the second week of action once live racing returns to the Stickney oval on May 6.

All of these late closers will carry an entry fee of $200 and nominations will close on April 15. The complete late closing series schedule as well as instructions and nomination forms can be found on the Hawthorne website.

Standardbred racing is scheduled to begin on Kentucky Derby weekend Friday, May 6th and will be conducted through September 25.

Hawthorne will also be working with our downstate horsemen to help conduct qualifiers during the month of April at the State Fair Grounds in Springfield, IL so that horses will be sharp and ready to go for the opening weekend of action. More information on those qualifiers will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Horsemen can also contact Mike Brink in Springfield for information regarding qualifiers during the month of March in Springfield as well.

Another reminder that nominations for the ICF three-year-old stake season are due by March 15 while nominations for the two-year-old stake season are due by April 15. The stake schedule and nomination forms can be found on the Hawthorne website.

Stall applications are also available at Applications should be sent to Jim Miller c/o Hawthorne Race Course 3501 S Laramie Ave, Cicero, IL 60804 or they can be faxed to his attention at (708) 780-3727. Applications are due no later than April 1. Horsemen are reminded that there is a “straw only” policy in all barns at Hawthorne. No shavings or sawdust will be allowed.


Founded in 1891, Hawthorne Race Course is the 4th oldest racetrack in the nation and the oldest sporting venue in Illinois. Located in Stickney, Illinois on the edge of Chicago’s city limits, the 125-year-old facility hosts Thoroughbred racing in the spring and Fall/Winter, and Standardbred harness racing in January and the summer. The family-owned and operated business has been an innovator in horseracing for more than 100 years and features the nation’s most rewarding players program. For additional information: 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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