The Hawthorne Summer Contest


The Hawthorne Contests are no-holds-barred betting to build the biggest bankroll for bonus prizes.  No mandatory races.  Make the bets you want, including multi-race wagers.  Pick from races at several tracks.  It’s a live wager format so you keep what you win with No Entry Fee.

Earn your entry into the richest and most prestigious horse betting tournament in the world: The National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, where hundreds of the top handicappers will compete for over $4,000,000 in prizes (includes travel voucher and 4-hotel nights).


  • Two 1-day contests on June 29 & June 30
  • Prizes include entries to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), Breeders Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and more
  • Earn a $1,000,000 bonus for the 2025 NHC
  • $500 live wager, real money bankroll (keep what you win on your wagers).
  • No entry fee.
  • Open track format with all same-day wagers (including multi-race bets) allowed on races at multiple tracks.
  • On-site contest at several Club Hawthorne Betting Bars (no online wagering options at this time)


Complete details and registration coming soon. Questions?  Email us:  Thanks and good luck!

Event Date(s)

Sat, Jun 29 @ 11:00 AM - Sat, Jun 29 @ 7:00 PM
Sun, Jun 30 @ 11:00 AM - Sun, Jun 30 @ 7:00 PM


Club Hawthorne & Fanatics Sportsbook at Crazy Pour in Villa Park
Club Hawthorne & Fanatics Sportsbook in Crestwood
Club Hawthorne at Black Eyed Susan in Joliet
Club Hawthorne at Pony Up in Oakbrook Terrace
Club Hawthorne at Player's Pub & Grill in Prospect Heights
Club Hawthorne at The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates
Club Hawthorne at The Turf Room in North Aurora
Club Hawthorne at Salerno's Pizzeria in McHenry