For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700
Harness Action Returns to Hawthorne
STICKNEY, IL As the only track in the United States left
doing a complete track surface conversion, live harness action kicks off at
Hawthorne Race Course on Friday, May 3.
The spring thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne concluded under the wrath of
Mother Nature on Saturday, April 27 as snow covered the grounds to close out
the season. Despite the weather, the
track crew at Hawthorne was hard at work first thing on Sunday, stripping the
sloppy dirt, pulling the rail, and prepping the paddock to open the harness
season. Despite three days of non-stop
rain, the crew completed their work late Wednesday evening, with the track
opening for training on Thursday, May 2.
during the spring thoroughbred meet, but new to the harness industry in
Illinois, Hawthornes races will be broadcast in HD in 2019. This means a crisp, clear picture, new
graphics, and additional cameras in Hawthornes backside paddock to catch all
of the racing action.
familiar faces return to Hawthorne this summer as leading driver Casey Leonard
leads a strong driving colony. Kyle Wilfong and Kyle Husted are back, along with Tim Curtin,
Ridge Warren, and Travis Seekman, just to name a few.
Illinois trainers Terry Leonard and Nelson Willis return, as Roshun Trigg, Brett Wilfong, Mike
Brink, and Angela Coleman lead a group of trainers looking to make their mark
opening night card is highlighted by the return of 2018 Illinois Horse of the
Year Fox Valley Gemini as he leads a field of open pacers. A 10-time winner of nearly $140,000 in 2018,
Fox Valley Gemini faces a
tough field that includes two others who won 10 times last summer
as Terror of the Nite and Trashytonguetalker
look to pull off the upset in the opening night feature.
Hawthorne Race Course, Chicagos Hometown Track, returns for
live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opens on Friday,
May 3 and races through September 22. Post
time nightly is 7:20 PM. Fall
thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or
contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.