Archive for September 2012

Hawthorne Fall Preview

A look from the grandstands of recently-closed Arlington Park meet shows weeping willows that shield the track from Wilke Road, willows that started to take on orange and yellow hues in the final days of the Arlington meet. A look from the grandstands of about-to-open Hawthorne Race Course show much less greenery, a water tower,... Read more »

Illinois Horse Racing Dates for 2013: Winners & Losers

A long, contentious meeting took place Tuesday in the Thompson Center in the Chicago Loop, with the annual Dates Hearing at the main office of the Illinois Racing Board (IRB). Prior to the meeting, two original but differing proposals were submitted. Hawthorne wanted the Spring meet to end in early May, to include the Kentucky... Read more »

Cammack Stakes: Third Chance Easily Scores

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS– While it was Chris Block who spoke of Addison Cammack in a recent edition of Arlington Park Barn Notes, one of Cammack’s comrades was trainer Jim DiVito. DiVito spoke of him and their time together at Hawthorne in a post-race interview. As to the race at hand, the $65,000 Addison Cammack Stakes, DiVito... Read more »

Addison Cammack Stakes Preview

Less than two weeks remain in the Arlington Park meet, and soon we’ll be on the move from Arlington Park to Hawthorne Race Course. And if you’re transporting horses across Cook County or to points further, you might be using a horse transport service. One of them is Creech Horse Transportation. Its origins are in... Read more »

Pucker Up Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–Three turf races were contested on a picture-perfect early Autumn afternoon at Arlington Park. The undercard featured the Lady Lionel Handicap, Tex’s Zing Handicap, and G3 Pucker Up Stakes. In the $65,000 Lady Lionel Handicap, KEPI got a last-to-first closing trip to take this female-restricted state-bred stakes that opened the Saturday program. Cisco Torres... Read more »

Pucker Up Stakes Day Preview

Wander around Chicago and its suburbs long enough and you’ll find something with the namesake of Dan and Ada Rice. The combination of their first names is sometimes used as well, Danada.  The Rices donated to a number of philanthropic causes, and their house in Wheaton remains in operation. Danada House in Wheaton. The Rices... Read more »

Arlington-Washington Lassie: Gold Edge Fights To Triumph

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–One race after Pataky Kid won the G3 Arlington-Washington Futurity, the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie was contested. The female-restricted complement of the Futurity saw nearly twice as many horses, as certainly twice as much drama. At the break, GOLD EDGE battled for control of the race with LA SONG, with GOLD EDGE breaking out... Read more »

Arlington-Washington Futurity: Pataky Kid Pounces

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–The Grade 3 $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity was a chance for locally-conditioned MUPPET MAN to build on his two prior victories. However, it was PATAKY KID who manned up and won the event. Garrett Gomez was the winning rider for trainer Tom Proctor. As expected in the single-turn polytrack mile, MUPPET MAN broke alertly and... Read more »

Arlington Juvenile Stakes Preview

I’ve always had a soft spot for the two races that Arlington Park has as a double feature this Saturday. During Arlington Million Week I admitted to not being a purebred Chicagoan. The first time I attended Arlington Park was Arlington-Washington Futurity Day, 2008. That year’s Futurity featured a double disqualification (with an explanation of... Read more »

Washington Park Handicap: Middie Sizzles

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–The 1-3 finishers from last year’s Washington Park Handicap returned to Arlington Park this year for another shot at stakes glory. And a cloudy, breezy afternoon neither MISTER MARDI GRAS, the defending champ, nor WORKIN FOR HOPS would have the picture taken. Instead it was MIDDIE, a four-year old gelding by Officer, who took... Read more »