Category: Hawthorne

Mind Your Own Biz wires the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile

STICKNEY, IL — Illinois two-year-olds got a second chance for stakes success December 21 at Hawthorne, with the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile Stakes.  The talking horse leading into the race was Mind Your Own Biz, a gate-to-wire winner at Hawthorne last month, and he ran to the expectations once again. Though Mind Your Own Biz... Read more »

2019 Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile Stakes Preview

Surprise!  The Pat Whitworth wasn’t the end of the stakes season at Hawthorne, after all! Though the two-turn Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity did not fill up and was not run, Illinois-registered two-year-olds are getting another chance to race in stakes company.  Hawthorne added a $50,000 sprint stakes, opened to Illinois-registered two-year-olds of any sex, going... Read more »

Cowgirl Kimmie Carries Carlos Ulloa, Fernando Bahena To First Career Stakes Wins in the Pat Whitworth

Cowgirl Kimmie Carries Carlos Ulloa, Fernando Bahena To First Career Stakes Wins in the Pat Whitworth
STICKNEY, IL — Illinois-registered two-year-old fillies took the spotlight in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Friday afternoon at Hawthorne.  Cowgirl Kimmie led every step of the way, propelling both her trainer Fernando Bahena and her jockey Carlos Ulloa to the first stakes victories of their career. Despite being lightly bumped by Summer Day, who broke... Read more »
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2019 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Preview

The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante was instilled in 1983 as the Illinois’ Breeders’ Debutante, has carried the name of the name of longtime Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) board member Pat Whitworth (1936-2011) since 2003. Looking back across the history of the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, a trio of winners have gone on to... Read more »

Devileye Returns to Top Form in the Lightning Jet Handicap

Devileye Returns to Top Form in the Lightning Jet Handicap
STICKNEY, IL — Devileye made it look easy down the lane Saturday evening in the Lightning Jet Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course, cruising up the rail and opening up to a two-and-a-half-length victory in a field of seven Illinois-registered colts and geldings. However, according to Devileye’s trainer Michele Boyce, the rest of the year hasn’t... Read more »

Jean Elizabeth Wins the Battle of the Greys in the Powerless Handicap

STICKNEY, IL — Horse racing offers few more striking sights than two grey horses battling down the lane. Friday evening at Hawthorne, racegoers got even more than that: two greys, both seasoned stakes mainstays, dueling stride for stride, virtually gate to wire.  At the wire only a neck separated the pair, with 7/10 favorite Jean... Read more »
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2019 Lightning Jet Handicap Preview

Illinois-bred Lightning Jet never won a stakes race, and only started in stakes races twice.  But, he is still a worthy namesake for a race, since he deserves to be remembered.  He earned almost $150,000 on the track the hard way from 1973 through 1980, with 21 wins and another 31 money finishes in 99... Read more »

2019 Powerless Handicap Preview

This race honours Powerless, perhaps the most surprising namesake of an Illinois-bred sprint stakes race.  She certainly deserves to be remembered: a hard-knocking daughter of Southern Count, she raced most of her 73 career starts in Illinois, and won twelve of those outings.  Yet, she was bred in Kentucky.  Her lone stakes score, a convincing... Read more »

2019 Showtime Deb Stakes Preview

The stakes action at Hawthorne resumes Friday (yes, Friday!) afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course, with the Showtime Deb Stakes.  Run regularly through 2014, it was off the calendar in 2015 and 2016, returned in 2017, and then was not run last year.  Hopefully it is back for good, since it fills an important place in... Read more »
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BLUE SKY KOWBOY Catches Defending Champion Cammack in the Buck's Boy Handicap

BLUE SKY KOWBOY Catches Defending Champion Cammack in the Buck's Boy Handicap
STICKNEY-CICERO, IL — From the time Michele Boyce and Margaret Burlingham saw Blue Sky Kowboy as a foal, he looked like a runner. “He was racing around that day,” remembered Burlingham.  “He was ripping up and down the hill.  He was showing off.” Breeder Jack Barr saw something special in him, too.  He and his... Read more »