Archive for December 2014

2014 Lightning Jet and Powerless Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO – On a mild, breezy December day at Hawthorne, the older state-breed sprinters took the spotlight.  Both co-featured stakes races today were for Illinois-breds, going six furlongs on the dirt.  The Lightning Jet was not restricted by sex; the Powerless was restricted to fillies and mares.  With last year’s Lightning Jet winner Work All... Read more »

2014 Claiming Crown Day Preview

We at Picks & Ponderings often focus our time and energies on stakes races in these handicapping previews. (We didn’t forget about you again, Hawthorne. We have a preview of this week’s Hawthorne Illinois-bred features, too.) Yet, when full card selections are done, claiming races are covered as well.  For an explanation of a claiming... Read more »

2014 Lightning Jet & Powerless Preview

What started in Maryland with the Maryland Million–a whole day of races devoted to a 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 »