How do you find out about upcoming races at Balmoral Park?


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Find out about upcoming races at Balmoral Park scheduled through the end of 2015 at BalmoralPark.com. As of October, 2015 the Illinois Racing Board has only awarded harness racing dates to Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, and Balmoral Park is scheduled to close in 2016.

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At Balmoral Park.com, click the Racing Information tab near the top of the main page to display a race schedule. Click the Special Events link on the left to display information about special events at the track. Click the Race Replays link on the Racing Information page to watch video replays of races.

An article dated October 2, 2015, and published in the Chicago Tribune, titled "Historic Balmoral Park to Close Next Year," states that Balmoral Park will stage races every Friday and Saturday until the end of 2015 but warns that the park could close earlier due to a looming bankruptcy. The article states that industry insiders attribute the park's demise to a decline in public interest in harness racing, the state's refusal to allow slot machines at tracks and a $78 million court judgment against the Johnston Family, Balmoral Parks owners, for allegedly attempting to bribe former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich into sharing state tax revenue received from casinos with tracks owned by the Johnston family.

Horse and harness races, featuring many of the same horsemen who have raced at Balmoral Park, are scheduled at Hawthorne Race Course, in Cicero, Illinois, in 2016. Click the Live Racing tab near the top of the main page at HawthorneRaceCourse.com to view schedules.

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