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!

watch live stream of the harness races



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. 9th for Friday Aug. 12th and Saturday Aug. 13th
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

  The 2022 schedule will be posted when it becomes available.