Despite a very wet month of April, handle and field size for the recently concluded spring meet at Hawthorne increased over 2016.
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Multiplier shook free in midstretch and ultimately gave his rider the kick he was seeking, getting up in the final strides to nail 9-5 favorite Hedge Fund by a head in the Illinois Derby (G3).
The Illinois Racing Board Feb. 28 conditionally approved transferring $500,000 of its "surplus" operating funds to bolster purses at the state's three remaining tracks.
The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 27 approved a coordinated racing schedule for 2017 after hearing gloomy predictions about the industry's future absent an infusion of alternative revenue.
Hong Kong, Gulftream Park, Los Alamitos, Hawthorne, Remington Park & More
Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Turf Paradise, Laurel Park, Japan, Turfway Park & More! view slideshow
Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Turf Paradise, Laurel Park, Japan, Turfway Park & More
Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, Del Mar, Zia Park, Hawthorne, Woodbine, Japan & More! view slideshow
Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, Del Mar, Zia Park, Hawthorne, Woodbine, Japan & More
Multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner headlines a field of eight for the 79th running of the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 29 voted to consolidate all 2016 Chicago-area racing at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course, averting potential draconian cuts at both those tracks.
In an effort to provide a measure of protection for horses and racetrack workers in Illinois, an Illinois Racing Board commissioner wants to require tracks to consider their welfare in the event of track shutdowns.
Santa Anita, Woodbine, Turf Paradise, Hawthorne, Aqueduct, Golden Gate & More
Charles Town, Hawthorne, Keeneland, Japan, Santa Anita, Woodbine & More
Whiskey Ticket came off the one and only start of his career -- a March 19 maiden special weight victory at first asking at Santa Anita -- and bravely held off Conquest Curlinate to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III).
Dubai, Australia, Japan, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Oaklawn and more. view slideshow
Dubai, Australia, Japan, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Oaklawn & More
Veteran trainer James DiVito posted the 1,000th win of his career Dec. 20 when Jazzy Sun prevailed in the eighth race at Hawthorne Racecourse.
The Illinois Racing Board is scrambling to cope with a huge civil judgment against the state's harness tracks that probably will push them into bankruptcy and threatens to impact Thoroughbred operations.
Hong Kong, Los Alamitos, Japan, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Hawthorne, Sunland Park & more! view slideshow