Archive for April 2013

Derby Dozen 5

Welcome to Kentucky Derby Week.  The list below is made before the draw, and a final round of Kentucky Derby Picks and Ponderings about each horse will be made after the draw. The Author is pleased to be a member of the “Derby Dozen” panel for WirePlayers.  Each member of the panel chooses twelve of... Read more »

Illinois Champions Day Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — Six different owners, six different trainers, and six different owners won the six $100,000 stakes for Illinois-breds, all on the dirt and all held on a pleasant late-April afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course.   Here’s a look at each of the six stakes. Peach of It Handicap: DIVA’S DIAMOND Dictates Terms Same race, different... Read more »

2013 Illinois Champions Day Preview

We head into closing weekend at Hawthorne Race Course of the Spring 2013 meet. This weekend, the Illinois-Breds get a chance to shine. Along with the six stakes on the penulimate Hawthorne program of the Spring, the 2012 Illinois Champions will be mentioned throughout the day.  Following the races at Hawthorne, formal awards for Illinois-bred... Read more »
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Illinois Derby: Departing Leaves Competition Behind

STICKNEY/CICERO — On a nippy sun-splashed day where favorites seemed to proceed in a mostly orderly fashion across the wire, it seemed as though the morning line favorite, DEPARTING, would cross the finish line first.  The public bet it that way, making DEPARTING a 2-1 favorite for most of the wagering before closing as the... Read more »

Sixty Sails: Disposablepleasure Rallies

STICKNEY/CICERO — The first stakes of the 2013 Hawthorne season was the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, and on this day it was directly followed by the Grade 3 Illinois Derby. As with other past graded stakes at the oval on 35th, trainer Todd Pletcher pointed a well-intentioned horse... Read more »

Illinois Derby Day Preview

The most important race of the Hawthorne spring meet is upon us.  It’s Illinois Derby Day, with the feature set for race eight on a ten race card. Look for live on-scene coverage on twitter throughout the day.  And if the Illinois Derby appears late on the calendar, don’t be alarmed.  While the third Saturday... Read more »
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Illinois Derby: A Recent History

The Grade Three $500,000 Illinois Derby will be held on Saturday, April 19th at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois. It’s just outside the Chicago city limits and about three miles north of Midway International Airport.  It will be run at a distance on nine furlongs (1 ⅛ miles) on the dirt.  Post time is... Read more »

Illinois Derby Day Cast Coming Together

The first two graded stakes of the year in Illlinois will be run at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday April 20.  Early nominations for both stakes closed this week, and the fields for both stakes should start to solidify in the week before the draw. The first of the two stakes will be the Grade... Read more »

2013 Illinois Derby on WGN

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WGN-TV will be showing live the 2013 Illinois Derby.  Click on the video to see WGN’s preview for what is now Chicago’s richest dirt race and a race retooled as a possible Preakness Stakes prep. Coverage of the Illinois Derby is from 4:30 pm  to 5:30 pm CT and also includes coverage of the G3... Read more »
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Derby Dozen 4

When asked to make a list following the Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby, I found myself with a general feeling on the group: Meh. I had to delete HEAR THE GHOST (injury) and MAC THE MAN (poor showing), and did keep on a few horses near the top and bottom of the list.... Read more »