Posts in category "Hawthorne"

A Tangible Reminder of Tough Times

News broke Wednesday that Hawthorne will probably cut stakes races from their spring schedule. I have spent the last few days trying to find a way to talk about this.  I’m still not sure I have the right words, so much as I have sadness.  Frustration.  Anger. I have a litany of feelings that I... Read more »

Voting for 2015′s Illinois Equine Champions

Picks & Ponderings is proud to announce that it is voting once again for equine champions in Illinois. This year’s ballot explanation be a little different than in previous years, as both halves of Picks and Ponderings have cast ballots. Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number... Read more »

Hawthorne Selections and Analysis: 12.26.15

Winter has still not quite come to Hawthorne yet, though it is inching close.  Gone are the sixty-degree days…though temperatures in the forties are still rather warm for 35th and Cicero this time of year.  After a week off for Christmas, Hawthorne has a full card of nine races on Saturday, including a four-pack of... Read more »
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Richie the Bull Charges to Victory in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity

STICKNEY/CICERO — In 2013, Larry Rivelli trainee Rambling Richie won the Jim Edgar Futurity by a length and a half. Last year, Rivelli returned to the race with Dom the Bomb.  He stalked the pace, took over, and got home five and a quarter decisive lengths in front. This year, Larry Rivelli tried to make... Read more »

2015 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity Preview

This week, the stakes portion of the fall Hawthorne meet draws to a close with the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, a two-turn dirt stakes for Illinois-bred juvenile males.  That race, which drew a field of seven to contend for a $50,000 guaranteed purse, makes the focus of this stakes preview.  Both of us discuss the... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »