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Winter Harness Series Returns

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700


Winter Racing Series Returns to Hawthorne


STICKNEY, IL – With four racing seasons to take place at Hawthorne Race Course in 2022, racing opportunities for both standardbred and thoroughbred horses will be aplenty.  With the winter harness season kicking off on Friday, January 7, racing secretary Robin Schadt has announced 12 winter series races for the season. 

              A split of six pacing and six trotting opportunities will be offered with both open-company and state-bred options available for horsemen. Each of the winter series races will offer two legs along with a series final. The purse on each of the legs is $12,000 while the series final will go for $24,000. The top ten money earning horses combined for the legs will qualify for the final. There is a $200 fee per horse to nominate and no entry fee to race. Nominations for the races must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2021.

              To nominate, download and fill out the nomination form located under the green tab labeled “Condition/Nomination Form” in the Horsemen section of the Hawthorne website. Any questions can be emailed to

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, races year-round in 2022. The winter harness season begins Friday, January 7 and races through Sunday, March 20. Spring thoroughbreds kick off Saturday, April 2 and conclude Saturday, June 25. The summer harness season begins on Thursday, June 30 and races through Sunday, September 11. Fall thoroughbreds return Friday, September 23 and race though Saturday, December 31. For any information about Hawthorne Race Course visit our website


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