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Racetracks work together to set 2010 schedule
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/25/2009 12:02 AM

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A rare spirit of cooperation between thoroughbred tracks led to an unusual result following Thursday's 2010 racing dates hearing: all sides leaving happy.

"This is a great step toward improving racing in Illinois," said Hawthorne Race Course assistant general manager Jim Miller, whose track will run 109 live racing programs. "The horsemen benefit from a shorter winter dark period and the tracks worked together well in regard to the live racing dates."

Arlington Park will host 91 programs of live racing from April 28 through Sept. 28, running four days a week (Thursdays through Sundays).

In addition to running the first two days of January, Hawthorne's 2010 spring meet runs Feb. 12 through Feb. 27, racing three days per week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

From Feb. 28 through March 27, the track will run four days per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

Hawthorne's five-day-a-week schedule runs March 28 through April 27 and again in the fall, from Sept. 29 through Dec. 31.

Miller says the good relationship between Arlington and Hawthorne will extend beyond just racing dates.

"We plan on working well together in efforts legislatively to continue to make steps in a positive direction," he said.