This is looooooong overdue, but I've finally gotten it done.
Five or six weeks ago I drove nine hours or so to Chicago for the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course. It was a great time, Hawthorne is a really nice track for what it is, an inner-city B track, and I got to make stops at Maywood and Balmoral for some harness racing, too. I even drove by Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia and the now-defunct Sports Creek Raceway in Michigan, both of which you can see on the highways.
Don't let naysayers talk bad about Hawthorne, it's not the same palace Arlington is, but it's not supposed to be. I was impressed with it. If you like harness racing, I strongly recommend a trip to Balmoral, too. Lovely track, really nice grandstand, and a cool little museum on the first floor. I really liked the place.
Here are some of the photos I took in Chicago.
|The Hawthorne grandstand after the races on Friday|
|Close finish at Maywood|
|A neat old logo on a window in the dining room|
|The entrance at Balmoral Park|
|Another close harness finish, this one at Balmoral|
|Yahilwa and Elvis Trujillo win the G3 Sixty Sails Handicap|
|Whisky Ticket (6) holds off a fast closing Conquest Curlinate (5) to win the G3 Illinois Derby|
This was my second Chicago trip after going to the Arlington Million last summer, and I've had a great time both times. It's definitely a city worth venturing to if you're a racing fan. I'd like to thank Dave Zenner for helping make both trips great experiences. Chicago racing is definitely a lot of fun.