Maywood Park's Closing Means Many Jobs Lost; Horses May Also Face Slaughter
“I support my family this way. I love this business,” said trainer Joe Cassano.
“When this place closes there are a lot of people that will be out of work.”

On Friday night the finish line will come down, the horses stalled and harness racing at Maywood Park will cease. At the end of the year, so will harness racing at Balmoral Park. 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.

Carol Marin and Don Moseley