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    Hawthorne Harness Racetrack Horse Racing

    Our Racebook offers secure online horse betting for Hawthorne Harness Racetrack daily.
    Active races and results can be found at the Hawthorne Harness horse betting page.
    Hawthorne Harness Racing Dates
    2011 Racing Dates February/April - October/December
     There are currently no horse races scheduled for today.
    Max per Race Payout: CA$ 5,500
    Racetrack Information
    Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval with 6 furlongs and 1 1/4 chutes
    Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 1320 feet
    Width of stretch: 75 feet

    Turf: 7 furlongs
    Bets available may include: Win, Place, Show, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double, Pick 3, and Pick 4.
    Current Weather
    41 °F

    Feels Like: 34°F
    Humidity: 58%
    Wind: ENE at 10 mph

    Bodog Racebook Payout Limits

    Max per Race Payout: CA$ 5,500

    Graded Stakes Races at Hawthorne Harness

    Date Race Grade Division
    Sorry, the stake information is currently unavailable.

    About Hawthorne Harness Racetrack

    Harness racing closed at Chicagoland’s Hawthorne Race Course in 2008 (see the Hawthorne Thoroughbred article for more about this venue) after the racetrack failed in its bid to secure the 10th and final racino license being awarded in the state of Illinois. Despite the promotional support of former Chicago Bears tight end and head coach Mike Ditka, Hawthorne didn’t even make the final three in the bidding process.

    At the time, Hawthorne president Tim Carey was proposing a massive racino complex that would have devoted 15% of revenues to Illinois horse racing. The $500-million proposal called for a 40,000-square foot casino with room for 1,150 slot machines, a 300-room hotel and conference center, a bowling lounge, a multiplex movie theater, an outdoor amphitheater, a water park and up to a dozen restaurants – including the largest sports bar in the state.

    Hawthorne’s final harness racing meet in the summer of 2008 was highlighted by the Night of Champions, where 2-year-old gelded trotter Southern Rocketop broke his own track record during the second leg of the $52,500 Maxter Series. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island-bred trotter is the product of Psychic Spirit and Summer in the City; the Psychic Spirit Stakes are held every year at nearby Balmoral Park.

    Recent legislation in Illinois has allowed for the installation of slot machines at harness racing tracks, plus added casinos in five cities, so there’s always hope that the standardbreds will return to Hawthorne. In the meantime, there’s always the thoroughbred meet from April through October/November.