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Suburban Downs Horse Racing

Suburban Downs holds harness racing at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois. The track is located about eight miles from Chicago. Suburban Downs, Inc. is the entity that conducts the harness racing meet at the Illinois track and has done so since 1970.

Suburban Downs carries out its harness meets during the summer months while Hawthorne Racecourse conducts its own thoroughbred racing meets during the spring and fall.

Suburban Downs at Hawthorne Racecourse is situated on 119 acres, between Laramie and Cicero Avenues, at 35th Street and is one of Illinois' most prominent horse racing facilities.

Major harness racing stakes races conducted by Suburban Downs at Hawthorne Racecourse include:

Suburban Downs Track Facts

Track Opened : 1890
First Harness Race : 1970
Speed Ratings : 1:58.3
Length of Homestretch : 1,320'
Width of Homestretch : 85'
Starters Behind the Gate : 9
Hubrail? : No
“Open” Stretch? : Yes
Grandstand Capacity : 8,000
Clubhouse Capacity : 5,000
Parking Capacity : 10,000

History of Suburban Downs and Hawthorne Race Course

1890

1891

1970

1995

1996


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