Posts in category "Hawthorne Gold Cup"

2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — A cool and blustery November day served as the setting for the biggest day of the Hawthorne fall race meet.  Today’s ten-race card featured a trio of stakes races, anchored by the $250,000, Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup.  Supporting it on the card was a pair of $50,000 Illinois-preferred sprint stakes: the Blackhawk... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card features the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne: the Hawthorne Gold Cup.  The signature race of the fall meet drew a field of eight runners this year, a mix of classy shippers like distance specialist Commissioner and Grade I winner Majestic Harbor, as well as top-shelf local runners like the... Read more »

Hoppertunity Tops Likely Field for 2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the Hawthorne Gold Cup is just around the corner.  This Grade II race, going a mile and a quarter over the dirt at Hawthorne, will offer a $250,000 purse.  The race is the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne, as well as the only race carded... Read more »
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Red Rifle Shoots to Hawthorne Gold Cup Triumph

STICKNEY/CICERO — On a mild and breezy evening on West 35th, the Grade Two, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup was contested at a mile and a quarter on fast dirt.  With a field of eleven in the gate, it was the largest field in five years to contest the race, the only graded stakes and only... Read more »

2014 Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Full-Card Analysis

The biggest day of the Hawthorne fall meet is here: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day.  Though the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GII) is the centerpiece of the action, there is more going on than just that race.  There is a full card of nine races scheduled at Hawthorne.  If you like maiden races, there are a couple... Read more »

2014 Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Preview

For additional information on this race, please consult Paul Mazur (PM)’s preview for Blood-Horse. For about a decade, the Hawthorne Gold Cup occupied the first Saturday of October on the calendar and served to kick off the Hawthorne Fall meet.  As a result, it also functioned as a Breeders’ Cup prep race. For the second... Read more »
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Last Gunfighter Fires Winning Shot in Hawthorne Gold Cup

STICKNEY/CICERO – – It may have taken a slow 2:06.11 to negotiate the ten furlongs of the Grade Two, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on a mild late-November evening, but it was a logical result nonetheless in the 77th renewal of the showcase race of the Hawthorne Fall meet. The early pace would be set by... Read more »

2013 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Picks and Ponderings

The showcase race of the Hawthorne Fall Meet is the G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, with a pot of $350,000.  “Picks and Ponderings” will be on-site at Hawthorne Race Course.  In addition to the TV/radio coverage and promotions, there will be a qualifying tournament held on site at Hawthorne for the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), with... Read more »

Hawthorne Gold Cup Preview

For about a decade, the Hawthorne Gold Cup occupied the first Saturday of October on the calendar and served to kick off the Hawthorne Fall meet.  As a result, it doubled an intersectional Breeders’ Cup prep race. This year, the Hawthorne Gold Cup moves to November and goes to an old-school position on the calendar,... Read more »
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G1 Winner Alpha Among Hawthorne Gold Cup Probables

WGN-TV will present live coverage of the Grade 2, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup at a mile and a quarter on dirt on Saturday November 30.  The program airs from 5:00 pm Central time to 6:00 pm Central time.  Post time for the Gold Cup is set for 5:45 pm CT, carded as the eighth of... Read more »