Archive for November 2013

Last Gunfighter Fires Winning Shot in Hawthorne Gold Cup

STICKNEY/CICERO – – It may have taken a slow 2:06.11 to negotiate the ten furlongs of the Grade Two, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on a mild late-November evening, but it was a logical result nonetheless in the 77th renewal of the showcase race of the Hawthorne Fall meet. The early pace would be set by... Read more »

2013 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Picks and Ponderings

The showcase race of the Hawthorne Fall Meet is the G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, with a pot of $350,000.  “Picks and Ponderings” will be on-site at Hawthorne Race Course.  In addition to the TV/radio coverage and promotions, there will be a qualifying tournament held on site at Hawthorne for the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), with... Read more »

Hawthorne Gold Cup Preview

For about a decade, the Hawthorne Gold Cup occupied the first Saturday of October on the calendar and served to kick off the Hawthorne Fall meet.  As a result, it doubled an intersectional Breeders’ Cup prep race. This year, the Hawthorne Gold Cup moves to November and goes to an old-school position on the calendar,... Read more »

G1 Winner Alpha Among Hawthorne Gold Cup Probables

WGN-TV will present live coverage of the Grade 2, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup at a mile and a quarter on dirt on Saturday November 30.  The program airs from 5:00 pm Central time to 6:00 pm Central time.  Post time for the Gold Cup is set for 5:45 pm CT, carded as the eighth of... Read more »

A Hawthorne Sprint Stakes Sweep for Francisco Torres

STICKNEY/CICERO – – Two Illinois-bred stakes with pots of $100,000 set at six furlongs on the dirt were contested on a drizzly, windy and mild mid-November afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course.  Both stakes saw strong favorites head to the winner circle.  Both stakes winners were owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, trained by Roger Brueggemann, and ridden... Read more »

2013 Lightning Jet Handicap/Powerless 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 »

Rambling Richie, Sasy Ms Elizabeth Stakes Victors at Hawthorne

STICKNEY/CICERO – – Two stakes for Illinois-bred two-year-olds were contested on Saturday on a breezy but fair-skied November afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course.  Both stakes a carried a purse of $100,000 and were contested at six furlongs on the dirt. Sun Power Stakes: Rambling Richie From Start to Finish The first of the two stakes... Read more »

Sun Power Stakes/Showtime Deb Stakes Preview

Despite what NTRA Polls or the lack of television coverage of others may say, there is racing after the Breeders’ Cup. The post-Breeders’ Cup action at Hawthorne shifts to Illinois-bred racing.  This weekend is the first of two weekends with two stakes sharing a card. In past years, the races in this space would be... Read more »

Mavericking Best in Buck's Boy Handicap

STICKNEY/CICERO – – Contested concurrently with the Breeders’ Cup Saturday program, the $100,000 Buck’s Boy Handicap was originally carded for the grass course but was taken off the grass following mid-week rains.  An original field of ten scratched down to five, and from the rail out they were FEAR THE KITTEN, LUV BANDIT, DAD ARE... Read more »