Watch & Wager on the Kentucky Derby at Hawthorne Race Course and Club Hawthorne Off-Track Betting Parlors throughout Illinois!

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Whether you’re a veteran handicapper or a once-a-year player, Club Hawthorne has you covered for the Kentucky Derby. With 16 off-track betting parlors and a state-of-the-art mobile wagering app, Hawthorne makes it easy to get in on the action for one of the biggest betting days in all of sports. But with the closure of Arlington Park and its OTBs, seats at Club Hawthorne venues will sell-out quickly. Don’t wait to make your reservations for the 1st Saturday in May.

Reserve Your Seat

Kentucky Derby Day with Club Hawthorne features multiple ways to get in on the betting action and the cultural excitement of one of America’s greatest sporting events. Reserved seats and tables. Outdoor party tents. Drive-thru betting. Plus live thoroughbred racing at “Chicago’s Hometown Track.” Pick a venue to explore the various features.

Nearly Sold Out
HRC Racetrack

Hawthorne Race Course

Chicago’s Hometown Track
Aurora OTB


The Piazza
Nearly Sold Out
Club Hawthorne at Driftwood Grille in Oakbrook

Oakbrook Terrace

Driftwood Grille
Corliss OTB

Corliss (Chicago)

Sold Out
Club Hawthorne at Crazy Pour Villa Park

Villa Park

Sold Out
Club Hawthorne in Joliet

Joliet (New Location!)


Club Hawthorne off-track betting parlors come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From upscale restaurants to boutique clubs to rowdy neighborhood sports bars. But EVERY venue is built for top notch sports watching excitement, with dozens — even hundreds — of TVs, and state-of-the-art tote machines that can connect directly to your mobile wagering app. These aren’t your grandad’s OTBs! Find the venue that’s right for you and make your reservation early for the Derby.

Mobile Wagering

Wager Online with the HRC Mobile App

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Easy and convenient. Real-time odds, live stream races from dozens of tracks. Wager from the comfort of your own home while you watch the race on NBC, or get your bets in while you’re on-the-go. PRO-TIP for players at Club Hawthorne venues: fund your mobile app with cash at any red tote machine so you don’t get shut out in long lines on Derby Day.

$100k Online Contest

Free Pick 10 Contest for $100,000

If you like the challenge of picking the perfect bracket in college basketball, this is the contest for you. Pick the top 10 horses in the order of finish in the 2022 Kentucky Derby and WIN $100,000 (not to mention bragging rights for life)! It’s free to play and you can adjust your selections up until the horses come onto the track. Online registration opens soon. Sign-up now for contest notifications.

Race Analysis

Expert Race Analysis and Handicapping Tips

In traditional horseracing, players bet against each other, not the track, which merely takes a commission for facilitating the wagers. So it’s in our best interest to help you win! Our expert analysts share their best bets for the Kentucky Derby, including sleepers (often overlooked horses), and longshots that might just have a chance. Plus recommendations on how to combine selections that will deliver profits. Totally new to racing? We’ll layout the basics of a bet for you too.