Category: Hawthorne

2019 Hawthorne Spring Closing Day Preview

We caught our breath last week, after the end of the Derby trail, but now we’re back.  We’re not previewing the Derby yet — that comes next week, after the draw! — but we’re staying a little closer to home.  It feels like Hawthorne’s spring meet just started.  Saturday, it ends, but not before we... Read more »

Hawthorne Closing Day, 1.12.19: Full-Card Picks and Analysis

Even though the Hawthorne Thoroughbred meet ran two weeks longer than usual, even such good things must inevitably end.  Saturday, January 12 marks the final day of the fall meet.  Unlike last winter there will be no harness meet through January and February; Thoroughbred horses who stay in town will still be allowed to stable... Read more »

Hawthorne Race 8 Preview: Super High Five Mandatory Payout

Though the meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs through Saturday, January 12, state law dictates that all carryover pools must pay out at the end of the calendar year.  Today is Hawthorne’s last race day of 2018, meaning the $52,170 carryover in the Super High Five pool has to go, no matter how many winning tickets... Read more »

IRISH MARVEL Impresses in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

STICKNEY/CICERO, IL — Two-year-old Illinois-registered fillies took centre stage at Hawthorne in today’s Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, in which Irish Marvel sharpened the focus on her as an Illinois-bred filly to watch.  A game winner of a maiden sprint on October 26, in which she outslugged Ghaaleb Royale after a protracted duel, Irish Marvel stretched out... Read more »

2018 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Preview

The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante was originally scheduled for December 1, but that day’s entire card was cancelled due to the dangers of a thawing track.  With consistent cold weather through this week, the track should be back to a safe and even footing with no more worries about a big thaw, and all the... Read more »

Hawthorne Carryover Pick 5 Preview - November 23, 2018

Only one favourite won during the Pick 5 sequence at Hawthorne on Saturday — and even before Aurea Aura surprised as the second-longest shot on the board in the final race of the sequence, every single horse in the field was going to pay on just four out of five. That’s great news for anyone spending... Read more »

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 »

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 »