The Illinois Racing Board has awarded 2009 racing dates and only Balmoral Park and Maywood Park will host Standardbreds, with Hawthorne only receiving dates for Thoroughbred racing.
Maywood Park will race on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, with Balmoral racing on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. Then, both tracks will be dark for live racing, with Balmoral resuming Jan. 28 and Maywood on Jan. 29. Maywood will race through Dec. 31 on Thursdays and Fridays only, being dark on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Balmoral Park will then race through April 29, three nights per week: Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturday, but dark on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, and Easter, April 12.
The track will then be closed until May 2, when it resumes racing four nights per week—Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday—through Oct. 31. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 30, the track will go back to its three-night-a-week schedule of Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.