The Illinois Harness Horsemen stand in staunch opposition to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA).
Anticipating that there will be no recurrence of this year’s 2 ½-month COVID-19 interruption and that construction progress will continue on the racino project, the Illinois Racing Board on Wednesday awarded Hawthorne Race Course 2021 harness and thoroughbred dates that mirror those the track raced from 2016 through 2019. The 63-night harness meeting will be held from May 7-Sept. 26 and will be sandwiched between March 6-April 25 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31 thoroughbred meetings with a total of 50 programs.
The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2021 racing schedule that splits live dates and revenue-producing dark days according to an agreement between Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course. Horsemen, wary that Arlington's parent corporation, Churchill Downs Inc., may elect not to race in 2021 despite the board's unanimous approval of 68 dates, asked for protection for their purse account.
PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, announced today that it is now providing its mobile app and digital sports betting product in Illinois. Illinois marks the fourth operational state for PointsBet's premium sports betting product, following successful launches in New Jersey, Iowa, and Indiana. In addition to launching the PointsBet mobile app and digital product, PointsBet's convenient retail presence in Chicago will soon debut at four sites that flank every corner of Chicagoland. Hawthorne Race Course (Stickney, IL) represents the flagship retail location, and additional off-track betting (OTB) premium sportsbooks will debut in Prospect Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, and Crestwood.