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Hawthorne Race Course

Address: 3501 S Laramie Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804, United States

 

Hawthorne Race Course is the oldest continually-run, family-owned, racetrack in North America and has celebrated live thoroughbred racing in Chicago for over 120 years.

In 1890, Edward Corrigan, a Chicago businessman who owned the 1890 Kentucky Derby winner, Riley, bought land in Cicero and started constructing a grandstand for a new racecourse. His track opened in 1891 with a five-race card including the Chicago Derby. In 1970, harness racing was held at Hawthorne in an effort to offer a product to lovers of standardbred racing.

As one of Illinois' most prominent horse racing tracks, Hawthorne hosts a big list of relevant racing events, including the annual Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap and the Illinois Derby. Hawthorne is now second tier to Arlington Park.

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Hawthorne Race Course Information:


Live Racing Calendar:  Hawthorne race track hosts thoroughbred racing in the Spring and Fall and harness racing in the Summer.
Course type:
 Flat/Thoroughbred
Notable races:
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap - Grade II, Illinois Derby - Grade II, Hawthorne Derby - Grade III, National Jockey Club Handicap - Grade III, Robert F. Carey, Memorial Handicap - Grade III, Sixty Sails Handicap - Grade III
Main track:
1 mile, oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,320 feet
Turf course:
7  furlongs

 


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