Maywood Park's Closing Means Many Jobs Lost; Horses May Also Face Slaughter
On Friday night the finish line will come down, the horses stalled and harness racing at
will cease. At the end of the year, so will harness racing at
. A decision by the Illinois Racing Board ends the scheduled meets at the financially troubled tracks, both of which are in bankruptcy. The closures are all about money, jobs and casino gambling --- add to that concern that some healthy horses could be led to slaughter as the parks close.
Standarbred horses have been racing at Maywood Park, located on 1st Avenue in Melrose Park, since 1946, providing jobs for trainers, grooms, farriers and backstretch workers.