Category: Hawthorne

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 »

Dandy Gal, Goneghost, Recount Win Closing Day Stakes at Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s fifteen-day spring meet drew to a close today with three stakes races for Illinois-registered horses. It was a red-and-green-letter day for the triumvirate of owner William Stiritz, trainer Scott Becker, and jockey Chris Emigh.  The three combined for two stakes wins today: Dandy Gal in the Third Chance Handicap, and Goneghost in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap.  Both... Read more »

Older Illinois Horses Take the Spotlight Saturday at Hawthorne

Saturday is closing day of the all-too-brief Hawthorne spring meet.  After Saturday, the Thoroughbreds migrate north to Arlington, the main track surface at Hawthorne gets swapped out again, and standardbreds take centre stage at 35th and Cicero. However, closing day features a slate of stakes races for older Illinois-registered horses.  The purse for all three... Read more »

Get Your Piece of Wednesday's Superfecta Carryover at Hawthorne

A logical horse won the Hawthorne finale on Saturday.  Silver Saver had to run a huge race to do it: few horses not named Runhappy manage to blow the break, rush to the lead, and still win the race, and such a feat is almost unheard-of in a $5,000 N2L claimer.  But?  Coming off an... Read more »

Jean Elizabeth Overcomes Bad Break, Remains Perfect in Pretty Jenny

For a race in which she so easily towered on paper once her stablemate scratched, the start of the 2018 Pretty Jenny Stakes could hardly have been more difficult for Jean Elizabeth. Unraced since a tour de force victory in an allowance optional claiming race at Hawthorne last October, she was fractious in her long-awaited... Read more »

2018 Pretty Jenny Stakes Preview

The stakes portion of the Hawthorne meet begins this weekend — and, for the first time since 2015, Hawthorne has scheduled three-year-old stakes races for Illinois-breds.  Though the Land of Lincoln was not carded for lack of nominations, the Pretty Jenny Stakes did draw enough runners and will be contested on Saturday. Previously known as... Read more »

Voting for 2017's Illinois Champions

Picks & Ponderings is proud to announce that it is voting once again for equine champions in Illinois. Both Paul Mazur and Nicolle Neulist are casting ballots — as always, we each do so independently. Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number of categories organized by age, sex,... Read more »

Hawthorne Closing Day Picks and Ponderings

Hawthorne’s closing day has come upon us even more quickly than expected: in light of Saturday’s anticipated high of eight degrees, Saturday’s card has been cancelled.  Friday’s ten-race program will thus mark closing day of the Thoroughbred meet. Hawthorne will not be without horses for long, since the winter harness meet starts on January 5.  But... Read more »

Hawthorne Carryover Late Pick 4: December 16, 2017

After a day of speed, speed, and more speed, Jochero rallied furiously from last to run down pacesetter The Mess in Friday’s Hawthorne finale.  A 50/1 longshot, Jochero enabled a single astute handicapper to scoop the late Pick 3 pool to the tune of over $10K.  The longshot’s victory was also enough to trigger a... Read more »

Pass the Gravy sweeps Illinois-bred two-year-old male stakes

Before today, just two horses had won both the Sun Power Stakes and the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity.  Rambling Richie did it for trainer Larry Rivelli in 2013, and Dom the Bomb performed the same feat for Rivelli in 2014.  This year, lightning struck thrice.  Rivelli sent out Pass the Gravy to victory in the... Read more »