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Hawthorne Race Course Going HD in 2019

Fans at Hawthorne racecourse. Fans at Hawthorne racecourseSTICKNEY, IL – With the first gap in the racing calendar in over two years, the television crew at Hawthorne Race Course will remain busy as Hawthorne will be converting to High Definition for its racing coverage.

Hawthorne Race Course will be partnering with International Sound Corporation to make this conversion. The conversion to Hi-Def will begin immediately following the end of the fall/winter thoroughbred meet on January 12. The 8-10 week changeover will include the conversion of all of the current television cameras at Hawthorne. Additionally, cameras will be added in the paddock, providing additional footage for the racing fan.

Coinciding with the camera upgrades will be the build out of an entirely new television control room, the installation of a closed circuit race viewing system for the stewards, and a new graphics package for the racing fans.

“This move to high definition is something we have been looking into for quite some time,” stated Hawthorne President and General Manager Tim Carey. “The toughest part has been finding the time to make the conversion. Since the process takes two months, we haven’t been allowed the chance to make these upgrades as we have raced year-round between one breed or another since early in 2017.”

“Now we have the time to make these upgrades for our racing fans and horsemen,” Carey continued. “We truly believe that things are headed in the right direction for racing in the state of Illinois. We continue to work with the horsemen’s groups and racetracks in the state, along with the legislature to expand gaming at the racetracks as well. I believe 2019 will be a big year for Hawthorne and the move to HD for our racing signal is a great start.”

About Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, continues through January 12, 2019. In 2019, thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne will take place March 15 through April 27 and again from October 10 through December 28. The summer harness meet begins on May 3 and races through September 22. For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

5 Horse Racing Strategies

Horse racing is different from other sports. Here, there are a couple of strategies that one needs to follow to get off on the right foot thereby avoiding the growing pains which a new racer may experience. Take a look at some of the tips which will help you win.

Do Your Homework: If you are a newbie, you need to follow a strategy to attain success. It is good to watch a few horse races and keep track of what impact the jockeys, trainers, and bloodlines have on the success of every horse. To get a feel for these things is crucial before taking part in a race. The moment you become familiar with everything that is related to the race you will gain confidence and can help you win.

Conduct a Thorough Research: Before the horse race is scheduled to start you need to see the horse that you will ride on and also the race track. Keep a track on the different statistics related to the horse like past performances and training times. Checking the track and its condition will be an excellent indication regarding what the race’s outcome will be. This will also give you an idea about what to expect during the race. The race may get affected by weather. A little drizzle too can throw the horse’s face off. So the idea is to research the horse as well as the race course in its entirety no matter the race is in Vernon Downs or any other venue.

Evaluate: You need to update your information hierarchy to perfect the horse racing strategies, and this process must be an on-going one. The adjustments come in various forms. Here the success lies in being flexible. To stick to a methodology that too in a stubborn manner may hurt your capability of being successful. The willingness of making some adjustments time and again can create the difference.

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