No Hawthorne Spring Meet. Track to Build Casino

Fans at Hawthorne racecourse. Fans at Hawthorne racecourseHawthorne Race Course will not conduct live Thoroughbred racing in the spring of 2020 while it builds casino and sports-betting facilities, leaving a nearly four-month gap in the Chicago-area schedule.

“This is going to be a hardship for Thoroughbred horsemen,” said David McCaffrey, executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “But it’s a short-term pain, long-term gain situation and Hawthorne has pledged to work with us to while we get through it.”

“It’s a hardship and our members will have to do some creative planning,” he said.

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