Archive for December 2015

Silver Lode Strikes Gold in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

STICKNEY/CICERO — On a warm December day (for Chicago, anyway), the state-bred two-year-old set finally got their day in the sun.  Though the Showtime Deb Stakes was no more, the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante remained on the schedule, and drew a healthy-sized field.  Restricted to nominated, eligible Illinois-bred juvenile fillies, and offering a purse of... Read more »

2015 Claiming Crown Preview

The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park gets underway on Saturday with a day full of salty horses and lucrative betting opportunities: the Claiming Crown. Claiming races form the backbone of the schedule at racetracks everywhere. The principle is simple: every horse in a claiming race can be purchased by a properly licensed entity for the... Read more »

2015 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Video Preview

This Saturday’s card at Hawthorne features the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante — the first of this fall’s pair of state-bred stakes race for juveniles.  The race is restricted to Illinois-bred fillies, with eligibility further determined by futurity-style rules.  Fillies had to be nominated by a July deadline, with future payments to maintain eligibility due later... Read more »