Illinois Racetrack Closing Displaces Standardbreds

Industry representatives believe most of the horses will remain on the circuit at different tracks in the Midwest.
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Nearly 100 Standardbred racehorses residing at an Illinois track were displaced earlier this month when the track permanently closed.

Mickey Ezzo, special projects manager for the Illinois Racing Board, said the final harness race took place at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, on Oct. 2. The closing displaced about 98 Standardbreds residing on the racetrack’s backside, he said.

But the closing doesn’t mean the horses’ careers will come to an end.

“The majority of those horses will continue to race at Balmoral (Maywood’s sister track in Crete, Illinois) or at other tracks,” Ezzo said. “Also, some of those horses will be sold to their trainers or will go to horse sales

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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