Harness Racing

The Illinois racetrack, known as one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world, hosts a large venue of great horse racing at this year's fair. Free admission and Pari-Mutuel Wagering lets the avid horse fan enjoy and watch not only some of the fi​nest horses in the state of Illinois, but also gives horse racing enthusiasts the chance to wager on one’s favorite! Come out to the track and you might be lucky enough to see an Illinois record or even a world record race time fall!

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2021 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

DRAFT HARNESS RACING SCHEDULE

NOTE: Purses are unknown at this time. Watch the IDOA website for updated information or send your email address to carrie.tisckos@illinois.gov to be placed on an email list and receive updated information as it becomes available. 
 
State Fair Racing Office: 217/782-2239 (Race Days Only) 
Entries must be made by 10:00 a.m. 72 hours before race 
Double Draw on Tuesday Aug. 10th for Friday Aug. 13th and Saturday Aug. 14th
Please call Hawthorne at 708-780-3690 or enter online through U.S.T.A. at ustrotting.com 
Illinois Department of Agriculture Horse Racing Programs: 217/782-4231

     

Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Tuesday, Aug. 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne 708/780-3690 or enter online
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships (ICF)
ELIMINATIONS ($200 Est. Entry Fee) NOTE: if any class doesn’t split, a prep race will be raced on Friday. You must race in the prep race to race in Championship.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt        $12,000 est.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly                 $12,000 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt                 
$12,000 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly
                 $12,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt                 $12,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly                 $12,000 est.
(Overnights may be added)

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Tuesday, Aug. 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne at 708/780-3690 or enter online


Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Aged Elimination (ICF)

($200 Est. Entry Fee - NOTE: if any class doesn’t split, a prep race will be raced. You must race in the prep race to race in Championship.)
Pace – 3-Year-Old Colt$12,000 est.
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly
$12,000 est.


Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Aged Divisions (ICF)

($100 Est. Entry Fee)
Trot – Fillies & Mares (4 Y.O. & Up)
$7,000 est.
Trot - Horse/Gelding (4 Y.O. & Up)
$7,000 est.
Pace – Fillies & Mares (4 Y.O. & Up)$7,000 est.
Pace – Horse/Gelding (4 Y.O. & Up)$7,000 est.


IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
($100 Est. Entry Fee)
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt$5,000 est.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly$5,000 est.
(Overnights may be added)
 

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 - No Racing

Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 – No Racing

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 – No Racing

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Sunday, Aug. 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne 708/780-3690 or enter online $5,000 est.
Illinois Topline Races
(No Entry Fee)
Pace - 2-Year-Old$5,000 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old$5,000 est.
Pace - 3-Year-Old & Up
$5,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old & Up
IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
($100 Est. Entry Fee)
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly$5,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly
$5,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt$5,000 est.
   (Overnights may be added)

Thursday Aug. 19, 2021 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Sunday, Aug. 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne or enter online. (No entry fee)
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships (ICF)
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt$32,500 est.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly$32,500 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt$32,500 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly$32,500 est.
Pace - 3-Year-Old Colt$29,000 est.
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly
$29,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt
$29,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly$29,000 est.
IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
($100 Est. Entry Fee)
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt
$5,000 est.
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly$5,000 est.
Pace - 3-Year-Old Colt$5,000 est.
 (Overnights may be added) 

 
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Horse Racing Programs
State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
Office - 217/782-4231 Fax - 217/524-6194