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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course (3/23/16)

Contact: Tom Kelley, 708-780-3700


Racing Secretary Peter Hanley would like to remind all horsemen that stall applications for the 2016 Summer Harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course are due by April 1.

Racing will kick off on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 which is Kentucky Derby weekend. The following week Hawthorne will move to a four day a week schedule with live racing being conducted on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. Post time each night during the summer meet will be 7:20 pm (Central).

Qualifiers will be held on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer meet with the first qualifiers tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 4.

The deadline for nominations to all the “Have Em Ready To Roll” late closing series races is April 15. The entry fee for all those events is $200. More information and nomination forms can be found at

The deadline for the ICF 2yo stakes program is also April 15. Information on that can be found on the Hawthorne website and also on the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association website at


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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