Archive for January 2013

Arlington Tweaks Stakes Schedule for 2013

In a formal press release today and approved by the Illinois Racing Board, Arlington Park’s Stakes Schedule will look a lot like the stakes schedule for 2012.  The major days at the northwest suburban oval are set, with purses and dates mostly unchanged. Some minor changes are slated, and it should be noted that this... Read more »

Hawthorne's Spring Stakes Less Meaty

In a quiet posting buried on the Hawthorne Race Course website, Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero released, with no fanfare, its tentative stakes schedule. Said schedule can be found in the image below, and is not finalized. pending both a formalized release from the track and the approval of the Illinois Racing Board at the... Read more »

Local Horsemen Have Limited Options after Hawthorne's Quarantine Ends

The EHV-1 quarantine is no longer in effect at Hawthorne Race Course. And many local horsemen would seek out of town pots for their horses, looking for a place to run, a check to potentially cash, a schedule to keep. But the quarantine has limited where horsemen can run. Fair Grounds Race Course in New... Read more »

Hawthorne's Quarantine Nears End

Despite being closed for nearly two weeks, Hawthorne Race Course remains under a quarantine resulting from cases of EHV-1 that germinated on the Hawthorne backstretch. With no news being good news, the quarantine was originally tabbed to end on January 10th. Not quite yet, says Dr. Dawn Folker-Calderon. According to her, after a non-fatal case... Read more »

2012 Illinois Racing Year in Review

As live thoroughbred racing in Chicago goes on a six-week hiatus, the winter vacation seems a good time to take a deep breath, reflect, and look back on the year that was. Sure, there were the standard three thoroughbred meets, the yearly race fixtures, and handle statistics. We’ll recap them, and more, in the paragraphs... Read more »