Thoroughbreds To Race At Hawthorne From March To September In 2023 by Paulick Report Staff|09.23.2022|4:00pm Next year's Thoroughbred race meet at Hawthorne will run from March 4 through Sept. 4 after the Illinois Racing Board approved 2023 race dates this week, reports the Daily Racing Form. Hawthorne applied for a total of 68 dates, with racing scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons during March, April, and May, then adding Wednesday evening cards for the remainder of the season. This year, the lone Chicago-area track raced Thoroughbreds from April to June, held a Standardbred meet in the summer, and opened back for Thoroughbred racing on Friday this week. Fairmount Park in downstate Illinois was approved for 62 Thoroughbred dates from April 18 through Nov. 18, 2023. Read more at the Daily Racing Form.