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A New Alliance

“Picks and Ponderings” has provided you, for nearly 2 1/2 years, the quality horse racing coverage that you’ve come to expect from Arlington International, Hawthorne Race Course, and whatever other road trips have been taken.  Saturday May 24 starts the stakes season at Arlington, with the triple-feature of the Arlington Matron, Hanshin Cup, and Arlington... Read more »

2014 Illinois Champions Day Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — Rather than the six stakes of years past, a quartet of stakes, all carrying purses of one hundred thousand dollars and restricted to Illinois-breds, were contested on the final Saturday of the Hawthorne Spring meet.  On a bright but blustery late-April afternoon, the in-state breds all got a chance to shine.  The biggest... Read more »

2014 Illinois Champions Day Preview

We head into closing weekend at Hawthorne Race Course of the Spring 2014 meet. This weekend, the Illinois-Breds get a chance to shine. While on-track the main focus will be the state-bred stakes showcase, Hawthorne has designated the final Saturday of the meet — April 26 — as “Thoroughbred Rescue Day”, with information found in... Read more »
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ChicagoNow vs Jim Miller

We’re back at Laramie and 35th for a special mid-week card and I (representing “Picks and Ponderings” on ChicagoNow) am taking on Hawthorne Race Course on-air personality and morning-line maker Jim Miller, the Jim of the “Jim Versus” competition. Each Wednesday, Hawthorne Race Course offers the chance to be a contestant. Contestants go on the... Read more »

2014 Illinois Derby Day Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — Spring came to Chicago with the year’s first turf race and the year’s first stakes at Hawthorne Race Course.  Four stakes, two for Illinois-breds sprinting and two Grade Three stakes, were contested on a picture-perfect Spring afternoon. Third Chance Handicap: C’MON FEET Steps Up in Stakes Triumph Early tote action saw G3 winner... Read more »

2014 Illinois Derby Day Preview

The most important race of the Hawthorne spring meet is upon us.  It’s Illinois Derby Day, with the feature set for race nine on a ten race card set for April 19th, the day before Easter Sunday.  In a twist to the stakes schedule this year, two Illinois-bred stakes from next week’s Illinois Champions Day... Read more »
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Kid Cruz, Midnight Hawk Eyeing Illinois Derby

STICKNEY/CICERO — Hawthorne Race Course will kick off its brief two-week stakes season on April 19 with the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby, to be run at one and one-eighth miles on the dirt at Hawthorne for strictly three-year-olds. The race was excluded two years ago from the Kentucky Derby points qualification list but now... Read more »

Handicapping Mail Bag (Transylvania, Santa Anita Derby, Polytrack)

Horse racing, by its nature, is a social game. You get together with your friends, you have some food or a beer, you might pool some money for a large pool, and you hope for the best.  In this new world with e-mails and social media, you could be at one track and discussing the... Read more »

Racing Dudes Challenge 2

Two weeks ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »
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Racing Dudes Challenge

A week ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »
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