The 2019 McChump ??/365 Racing Tour

  • Hawthorne Racecourse, Stickney, IL, April 6, 2019

I haven't been getting down to Hawthorne much in recent years, partly because I've been out-of-state so much, and partly because the traffic on the I-55 has grown so atrocious, but mostly because there's hardly anyone there anymore. There used to be big monster vibrant crowds filling the place, both sides, back in the late 90's when simulcasting was first introduced. But now the whole clubhouse side is closed, and 2nd and 3rd floor of grandstand might as well be, which leaves just ground floor grandstand side, and even that is usually a ghost town. So it's not really much fun.

However, on a recent Spring Saturday I was kinda out southwest of Chicago for morning golf anyhow, and decided to stop by Haw for the 3:00 pm card on the way home. And I was surprised, very surprised, at what a nice crowd had showed up.

    • Pocatello Downs
    • Lethbridge/Rocky Mountain Turf Club
    • Century Mile
    • Arlington Park
    • Sports Creek MI if they actually race
    • Canterbury Park
    • Century Downs
    • Emerald Downs?
    • Great Falls
    • Del Mar for Pac Classic? Maybe there will be free hats again!
    • "Arizona Downs"
    • Big Fresno Fair?
    • ... and who knows what else, if anything at all