New Illinois harness track receives dates
September 24, 2019
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Following a contentious meeting one week earlier when consider 2020 racing dates, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) approved the dates requests.
Last Tuesday the IRB held up awarding any dates because of what board members deemed a lack of commitment to horse racing by Arlington Park, which is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated. Following additional testimony by Arlington and Churchill officials on Sept. 24, Arlington was awarded dates.
Playing in the Park, the new one-mile harness track proposed in Tinley Park, not far from the old Balmoral Park, received dates for next December, when it plans to open. Playing in the Park is a joint project between Hawthorne Race Course and Rick Heidner of Gold Rush Gaming.
The following are the 2020 Illinois Standardbred racing dates:
SUBURBAN DOWNS 92 342 (at Hawthorne Race Course) February 15 through February 29 - Racing 2 nights per week on Saturdays and Sundays; and March 1 through September 20 - Racing 3 nights per week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dark April 12.
PLAYING IN THE PARK 12 24 (at a proposed racetrack in Tinley Park, Illinois) December 6 through December 29 - Racing 3 nights per week on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.