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

2022 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

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. 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


Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 – Post Time: Noon

Races are scheduled to start every half hour after the post time. Don’t miss the ice cream social at noon and the stick horse giveaway for the first 100 kids!

IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
                                                                           Purse
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt        
$2,500
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt
                 
$2,500
Pace - 3-Year-Old Colt                 
$5,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt
                 $2,500
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt
                 $2,500
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt
                 
$5,000




Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 – Post Time: 5pm

Races are currently scheduled to start every half hour after the post time. Enter to win a ride in the starting car for each race. Entries will be taken in the Grandstand from 4:15pm to 5:15pm

IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
                                                                           Purse
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
        
$2,500
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
                 
$2,500
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly
                 
$2,500
Pace - 3-Year-Old Filly
                 $2,500
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly
                 $5,000
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly
                 
$5,000



Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Races are currently scheduled to start every 24 minutes after the post time. Come celebrate County Fairs and Horse Racing Day by watching Illinois horses race in elimination races for the following Thursday's final championship!

Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships (ICF)
                                        Purse
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly
                 
$6,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly
                 
$6,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
        $6,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt
                 $6,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt                 
$6,000
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colt
                 $6,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly
                 $6,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly                 
$6,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colt
                 $6,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt                 
$6,000


Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Races are current scheduled to start every 24 minutes after post time. Featuring Illini sportscaster Brian Barnhardt and Illini apparel giveaways between races!

                                                           Purse
Trot 
$1,500
Pace
$1,500
Pace – Colt Stakes & Geldings 4 and up
$7,000
Trot - Colt Stakes & Geldings 4 and up
$7,000
Pace – Colt Stakes – Fillies & Mares 4 and up$7,000
Trot – Colt Stakes – Fillies & Mares 4 and up$7,000
Pace - Colt Stake Prep - ICF 3 Year-Old Fillies
$6,000
Pace - Colt Stake Prep - ICF 3 Year-Old Colts$6,000

 

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 - No Racing

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 – No Racing

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 – No Racing


Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Races are scheduled to start every 21 minutes after the first post time. Don't miss our Devin White autographed memorabilia giveaway!
Purse
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Trot – 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings$2,500
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Trot – 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings$2,500
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Pace - 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings$5,000
Illinois Topline Race: Trot – 2-Year-Olds$5,000
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Pace - 3-Year-Old Fillies$5,000
Illinois Topline Race: Trot - 3-Year-Olds and up$2,500
Illinois Topline Race: Trot - 3-Year-Olds and up$2,500
Illinois Topline Race: Pace - 3-Year-Olds and up$5,000
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Trot - 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings$5,000
Illinois Topline Race: Pace – 2-Year-Olds$5,000
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Trot – 2-Year-Old Fillies$5,000
IL Department of Agriculture Race: Trot – 3-Year-Old Fillies$5,000

Thursday Aug. 18, 2022 – Post Time: 12:00 noon

Races are scheduled to start every 21 minutes after the first post time.

IDOA State Fair Races (ICF)
Purse
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colt
$2,500
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colts
$2,500
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
$2,500
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly
$2,500
 
 
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Championships (ICF)
(No entry fee)
Purse
Trot - 2-Year-Old Filly
$30,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Filly$30,000
Trot - 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
$30,000
Pace - 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
$30,000
Trot - 3-Year-Old Filly
$30,000
Trot - 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
$30,000
Pace - 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
$30,000
Pace - 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings
$30,000

 


 
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