Loeb Auctioneers and Yellen Partners announced this week that they will be conducting a two day auction to liquidate the assets from Balmoral Racing Club, Inc. and Maywood Park Trotting Association, Inc. The auction will take place online April 27 and 28.
“We are honored to be retained to manage the sale of the personal property assets of these two famous racing venues. The auction includes all the ground maintenance equipment, vehicles, and many memorabilia items from throughout the decades. The partnership between Loeb Auctioneers and Yellen Partners is the needed combination to recover the highest value for the assets.”
Principals from both firms worked together previously to liquidate the former Sportsman’s Park also known as Chicago Motor Speedway.
“We look forward to offering the public an opportunity to purchase a piece of history from these two parks, in addition to machinery and equipment at a quality value,” said Brian Yellen, president of Yellen Partners.
Balmoral Park, located just south of Crete, Illinois, closed in December of 2015. Originally Lincoln Fields from 1926 to 1968 hosting thoroughbred racing, and subsequently, Balmoral Park hosting Harness Racing. Maywood Park, located in Melrose Park, also held its last races in late 2015 after nearly 70 years of operation. Both tracks were shuttered after the judgment was passed against the owners in a suit brought by the casinos, after a decision by the Illinois Racing Board to award racing dates exclusively to Hawthorn Race Course, and subsequent bankruptcy.
The auctions are being held by order of the Honorable Donald R. Cassling, for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL, Eastern Division, Case Numbers: 14-45711 – Assets of Balmoral Park Racing Club, Inc. and 14-45718 – Assets of Maywood Park Trotting Association, Inc.