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July County Fair Races to be held in Springfield

Races will be held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 12:00 p.m. These races are replacing races that will not be held at Illinois county fairs in July.  For the July 7th, 14th and 21st races, conditions for the races are for Illinois bred 2-year olds and 3-year olds that staked to the Illinois county fairs and for horses that staked to the Topline.   IHHA races will also be held. (all owners, trainers and drivers must be members of the IHHA).  The conditions for the July 28th races will be announced at a later date.  To enter, contact LeAnn Shinn by 10 a.m. on Saturday (72-hour box) at 618-783-2589.  Horsemen can also enter online.  Qualifiers will be held before the races.  Entry fees for purse races will be $70 and qualifiers will be $50 per horse.  Scratched horses will be responsible for their entry fee. All scratches must be reported to race office in a timely manner. All horses need a negative coggins within 1 year and EHV vaccine within 6 months.  If you have questions, please contact Tina Schrock at 217-416-0006.

To protect the health/safety of horseman, the following protocols will be in place:

-No EHV/coggins paperwork will be handled on race day. 

Please submit to LeAnn Shinn or Tina Schrock prior to race day.

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Faxing:  618-783-2589 (during non-entry hours)

-You must use gate 5 to enter the fairgrounds.  Your temperature will be taken by a representative of the Department of Agriculture at the gate.

-You must wear a mask unless you are on the track with a horse.  Failure to follow this rule will result in your horse being scratched and you will be escorted from the grounds by security.

-No spectators are allowed, only officials or personnel involved with horse care are allowed on grounds.

-The grandstand will be for officials only.  If you are watching the races on the backside, please maintain social distancing.  Use social distancing guidelines in the barn area.

Race Dates:

July 7thth (enter by Saturday, July 4th)

July 14th (enter by Saturday, July 11th)

July 21st (enter by Saturday, July 18th)

July 28th (enter by Saturday, July 25th)

IHHA Races:

July 7th-3 Year Old & Up Pace & Trot

July 14th-3 Year Old & Up Pace

July 21st-3 Year Old & Up Trot

July 28th-3 Year Old & Up Pace & Trot



SPRINGFIELD, IL – The opportunity to breed out-of-state mares to Illinois registered stallions and have resulting foals that are eligible to register as Illinois conceived and foaled horses went into effect on January 1, 2018 and will continue through January 1, 2022. Since the new rule has been put in place those that fall under this rule change will be available for all the eligibility benefits, this includes foals born between January 1, 2019 through January 1, 2022.

 To register a foal meeting these breeding rule changes and born outside of Illinois, a foal registration application is required to be submitted to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within ten days of foaling and must include pictures that show the marking on the front, back and each side of the foal. Once registered these foals will be eligible to compete in pari-mutuel and county fair races restricted to Illinois conceived and foaled horses.

 Questions can be directed to Carrie Tisckos at 217-557-4606 or

 For a current list of registered Standardbred Stallions please the list below.

                               Cardinal, Violet Focus of Racing Weekend at Hawthorne 

STICKNEY, IL – With the summer season gearing up, Illinois-breds were the focus as the entry box continued to overflow. Hawthorne saw increases in handle every weekend day, surpassing $1 million in handle both Friday and Saturday and $1.3 million on Sunday.

                On Friday evening multiple legs of the Club Hawthorne Mini Series continued as driver James Lackey kicked off a driving double winning the opener behind Almost Cut My Hair in 1:52.1.  A speedy strip led to solid times throughout the card as Lackey also won the fifth race, guiding On Duty to an easy win in 1:51.2.

                Driver Cordarius Stewart and trainer Joh Hughes pair up for a Friday double, winning race two with Illuminati Hanover (1:55.1) and race eight with Final Prize (1:56.2).

                Todd Warren won also won two Friday, driving home the first of trainer Tom Simmons two winners on the night as Mykonos (1:53.0) won the fourth.  Warren also won the Friday finale with Dakota Roadster (1:53.1) for trainer Rob Rittof.  Simmons second winner of the night came from Yankee Bounty (1:52.0) for driver Juan Franco in race 12.

                The only driving triple Friday belonged to Casey Leonard.  Leonard took the third with Trashytonguetalker (1:52.1), sixth behind Sirodsdalicrickett (1:53.3), and seventh with Native's Best Bet (1:52.3). Trainer Terry Leonard had a double as Over Speeding (1:53.3) joined Trashtonguetalker as his winners on the card.

                The fastest mile of the night went to 24-1 shot Rock Steady Ron as Clifton Bell gave him a perfect trip for trainer Jamaica Patton, winning race nine in 1:50.2.

                A 13-race Saturday card spanned nearly six hours as a nearly two hour mid-card weather delay slowed the evening down.  Two divisions of the Cardinal for Illinois-bred three-year-old male pacers were contested along with their female counterparts in the Violet.

                The first division of the Cardinal was won by Rg's Tracer (1:54.1) as Travis Seekman drove home the winner for wife Desirae.  The second Cardinal division went to Fox Valley Ren (1:53.0) as he held off a game He'zzz A Wise Sky for driver Kyle Wilfong and trainer Nelson Willis.

                The Violet came after the weather delay as Fox Valley Exploit (1:55.2) was a clear winner for driver/trainer Kyle Husted. The Violet was one of three Husted victories on the card. Earlier in the evening Husted guided Louzotic (1:58.3) to a win via DQ in the open trot. Husted capped a training double with his third driving win of the night as Fox Valley Hijinx (1:52.3) took the tenth race.

                Kyle Wilfong had the other driving triple on Saturday, winning race three behind Tropical Fruit (1:55.2) and the nightcap with Meadowbrook Glider in 1:57.1.

                Sunday's action started early with a pair of non-wagering races as two divisions of the Violet for Illinois-bred three-year filly trotters were contested.

                The first division was won in a game effort by Bee See (2:01.1) for Kyle Husted and Steve Searle.  The second division was an upset as Celone Hall (1:58.0) was able to roll by Lous Abigail for Mike Oosting and trainer Mike Brink.

                The story of the Sunday card was Oosting's driving as he guided five horses to the winner's circle. After his non-wagering score with Celone Hall, Oosting took the Phil Georgeff series final with Frontier Rollo (1:51.0) for trainer Tom Simmons. He was back two races later with his second win for Mike Brink, this time with Gm Patty Lin (1:57.4) in the Daryl Busse Trot Final.  Mike's fourth win on the night was Mike Brink's third training victory, coming in the Cardinal for Illinois-bred three-year-old male trotters as Crooked Creek (1:57.4) rallied for the victory. Oosting's fifth Sunday score was trainer Steve Searle's second as Coming Up (1:54.3) took race 12.

                Sunday also saw a near track record performance as aged mare Tempus Seelster paced a strong 1:50.3 mile in the filly and mare open for driver Travis Seekman and trainer Rob Rittof.

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Saturday, February 15 and races through Sunday, September 20.  Post time nightly is 7:10 PM.  Hawthorne races live during the summer harness meet every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 2 through December 26.  For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

Standardbred Racing at Hawthorne in 2020. We look forward to seeing you there!

Complete 2020 Hawthorne Racing Calendar

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Annual Foal Reports

Standardbred Harness Racing Schedules

2020 County Fair Challenges Conditions

2020 Stakes Guide

2020 IL State Fair Schedule Draft

2020 DuQuoin State Schedule Draft

Night of Champions Updated Information   (updated 6/10/20)

2020 Summer Series Revised Dates  (updated 6/10/20)

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