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 August 9, 10, 14 and 15 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

2019 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

HARNESS RACING SCHEDULE

NOTE: Purses are estimates 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. 6th for Friday Aug. 9th and Saturday, Aug. 10th
Please call Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or enter online through U.S.T.A. at ustrotting.com 
Illinois Department of Agriculture Horse Racing Programs: 217/782-4231

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Tuesday, Aug. 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne 708/780-3690 or enter online
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Eliminations (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 - 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. 10, 2019 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Tuesday, Aug. 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne at 708/780-3690 or enter online
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Eliminations (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)
($100 Est. Entry Fee -– Horses qualified for ISFCS Championships not eligible)$ 5,000 est.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt $ 5,000 est.
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
(Overnights may be added)

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 - No Racing

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 – No Racing

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 – No Racing

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Sunday, Aug. 11th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne or enter online
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 $ 5,000 est.
IDOA State Fair races (ICF)
($100 Est. Entry Fee - Horses qualified for ISFCS Championships not eligible)
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly$ 5,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly $ 5,000 est.
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt$ 5,000 est.
 

Thursday Aug. 15, 2019 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Entries Close Sunday, Aug. 11th at 10:00 a.m.
Entries taken at Hawthorne or enter online
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships (ICF)
(No Entry Fee)
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 - Horses qualified for ISFCS Championships not eligible)
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