Archive for October 2012

Illinois-Bred Turf Stakes Recap

Winning Photos courtesy of  Four Footed Fotos from Saturday action at Hawthorne. THE PIZZA MAN scores in the Buck’s Boy Handicap. PEYOTE PATTY winning the Illini Princess for the second straight year.

Buck's Boy Handicap/Illini Princess Handicap Preview

For this year’s Illinois Festival of Racing, two changes were made to the traditional Fall festival. First, it was split over three weekends with two stakes per weekend. Our second of three weekends is this weekend at Hawthorne Race Course and features the older routers. The open stakes is the Buck’s Boy, whereas the female-restricted... Read more »

Geroux Sweeps Hawthorne Sprint Stakes

STICKNEY/CICERO–Two Illinois-bred stakes races were contested on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Both races saw the same winning owner, trainer, and jockey. Midwest Thoroughbreds owned both winners. Roger Brueggemann trained both victors. Florent Geroux piloted both winners. Powerless Handicap: Favored MISSJEANLOUISE pounces Claimed for $40,000 during the Churchill meet in June, MISSJEANLOUISE showed her affinity... Read more »

Powerless Handicap/Lightning Jet Handicap Preview

What started in Maryland with the Maryland Million–a whole day of races devoted to the home state’s breeding program–was for quite a few years present in Illinois three times a year: the Illinois Champions Day during Hawthorne Spring, the Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington in June, and the Illinois Festival of Racing in Hawthorne’s... Read more »

Hawthorne Showvivor (Fall) Day 3.99

Day 3 Recap: Awesomo’s showing was not awesome. Second to last, and out we go. Final tally is just outside the top 10th percentile. Hawthorne’s Showvivor website said it more tactfully, however. “Picks and Ponderings” will be back to hand out more losers….er….winners on Saturday in the first of three state-bred Saturdays.

Hawthorne Showvivor (Fall) Day 3

Day 2 Recap: We missed the  win by a short margin, but FRIENDIAN got second place in the second race at Hawthorne in the second race. A win would have been nice, but a second is good enough to make it to the third day of Hawthorne Showvivor. 330 contests remain in the contest out... Read more »

Two Months Rent Pays Big in the Hawthorne Derby

STICKNEY/CICERO–A full field of twelve three-year-olds took to the Hawthorne grass for the Saturday, and before the sophomores took to the sod, the Hawthorne turf was soaked by all-day showery rain and then by a strong downpour just before the field broke. The wet course certainly didn’t bother TWO MONTHS RENT, however. More known for... Read more »

Hawthorne Showvivor (Fall) Day 2

Day 1 Recap: When examining this race, I felt it was a coin flip between Mulata and COURSER. I went with COURSER. Smart. COURSER was third while MULATA was fourth. About two thirds of the field went out on day one (the attrition rate is high on the first day), so we attempt to make... Read more »

Hawthorne Fall Showvivor Day 1

Grab your rotten tomatoes. Boo birds, be ready on standby. It’s time for Hawthorne Showvivor! Yes, yours truly is ready to try Hawthorne Showvivor one more time. You can read about the contest in the prior post “On the Eve of Hawthorne Showvivor (Fall)”. Each day we’re alive we’ll break down a race and bold... Read more »

Hawthorne Derby Preview

The Graded Stakes calendar in Illinois starts with a Grade 3 Derby for three year olds at Hawthorne going a mile and an eighth. It also ends with a Grade 3 Derby  for three year olds at Hawthorne going a mile and an eighth. Spring brings the Illinois Derby. Fall brings the Hawthorne Derby. Guess... Read more »