Category: Hawthorne

Streamline and Cammack Make It a Day for the Durable Illinois-Breds

The older turf horse divisions in Illinois, both male and female, have been strong in recent years.  And, today’s pair of turf stakes races at Hawthorne Race Course were both won by longtime Illinois runners with deep family roots in the state.  Six-year-old Streamline, a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt who hails from a long-running... Read more »

2018 Buck's Boy Handicap and Illini Princess Handicap Preview

The stakes portion of the Hawthorne meet begins this Saturday, as Hawthorne hopes to get the pair of Illinois-bred turf stakes in before the weather turns too cold (or, too flighty) to keep them on the grass.  It looks like Mother Nature is going to cooperate, and both of the Illinois-bred turf stakes drew deep,... Read more »

A Visit to Hawthorne for Opening Weekend of the Fall Meet

Temple Zip was keen to get going before Friday's meet opener.
Hawthorne’s fall Thoroughbred meet opened on October 5.  Picks and Ponderings was there both Friday and Saturday of opening weekend.  In this photo gallery, come see some of the horses who made it so much fun! You have three more months to get up close to the horse racing action yourself.  The Hawthorne fall meet runs... Read more »
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Hawthorne Maiden Notes: 10.6.18, Race 1

Hawthorne’s Saturday opener is a maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies bred in Illinois, going five and a half furlongs on the dirt.  The track was good on Friday, by my eyes closer to the muddy side of good than the fast side, and will likely have even more water in it if the rain... Read more »

Dandy Gal, Goneghost, Recount Win Closing Day Stakes at Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s fifteen-day spring meet drew to a close today with three stakes races for Illinois-registered horses. It was a red-and-green-letter day for the triumvirate of owner William Stiritz, trainer Scott Becker, and jockey Chris Emigh.  The three combined for two stakes wins today: Dandy Gal in the Third Chance Handicap, and Goneghost in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap.  Both... Read more »

Older Illinois Horses Take the Spotlight Saturday at Hawthorne

Saturday is closing day of the all-too-brief Hawthorne spring meet.  After Saturday, the Thoroughbreds migrate north to Arlington, the main track surface at Hawthorne gets swapped out again, and standardbreds take centre stage at 35th and Cicero. However, closing day features a slate of stakes races for older Illinois-registered horses.  The purse for all three... Read more »
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Get Your Piece of Wednesday's Superfecta Carryover at Hawthorne

A logical horse won the Hawthorne finale on Saturday.  Silver Saver had to run a huge race to do it: few horses not named Runhappy manage to blow the break, rush to the lead, and still win the race, and such a feat is almost unheard-of in a $5,000 N2L claimer.  But?  Coming off an... Read more »

Jean Elizabeth Overcomes Bad Break, Remains Perfect in Pretty Jenny

For a race in which she so easily towered on paper once her stablemate scratched, the start of the 2018 Pretty Jenny Stakes could hardly have been more difficult for Jean Elizabeth. Unraced since a tour de force victory in an allowance optional claiming race at Hawthorne last October, she was fractious in her long-awaited... Read more »

2018 Pretty Jenny Stakes Preview

The stakes portion of the Hawthorne meet begins this weekend — and, for the first time since 2015, Hawthorne has scheduled three-year-old stakes races for Illinois-breds.  Though the Land of Lincoln was not carded for lack of nominations, the Pretty Jenny Stakes did draw enough runners and will be contested on Saturday. Previously known as... Read more »
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Voting for 2017's Illinois Champions

Picks & Ponderings is proud to announce that it is voting once again for equine champions in Illinois. Both Paul Mazur and Nicolle Neulist are casting ballots — as always, we each do so independently. Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number of categories organized by age, sex,... Read more »