Category: Hawthorne Gold Cup

Scenes from 2017 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day

Racing didn't get underway until late afternoon, but I was at the track bright and early.  I volunteer with CANTER Chicago, a racehorse retirement organisation, and we were there to take photos and get listing information for this beauty, Eben Zabeel.  Regally bred, and with the strongest neck I've ever seen in a Thoroughbred, he's just a little too slow to be competitive anymore.  Fortunately, off-track thoroughbreds are versatile, and Eben Zabeel will turn heads in whatever riding career he does next!
The Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3) made a thrilling return this past weekend.  We’ve already reviewed the stakes races themselves — but if you want to look a bit closer at the horses, stories, and curiosities that made Saturday such a good day at the track, you’ve come to the right place.

SCUBA resurfaces in the Hawthorne Gold Cup

The Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3) came back to the calendar today after a year’s absence.  In its glorious return, it was only fitting that its winner was a horse who returned to graded stakes glory after some time out of the limelight.  Scuba dominated the long-distance dirt division last year, but entered today’s Hawthorne Gold Cup... Read more »

2017 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Preview

Thanksgiving is here, and it’s time to show our gratitude for the return of three races to Chicago’s fall racing schedule this Saturday! Hawthorne’s flagship autumn race, the Grade 3 Hawthorne Gold Cup, returns after a one-year hiatus.  A handicap at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter, the race drew a field of... Read more »

Eagle, Scuba headline Hawthorne Gold Cup probables

This Saturday’s card at Hawthorne features the flagship race of the meet, the Grade 3, $150,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup.  The only graded stakes of the fall, it is also the only mile and a quarter race of the year. Picks and Ponderings will have full coverage of the Hawthorne Gold Cup, including a handicapping preview,... Read more »

2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — A cool and blustery November day served as the setting for the biggest day of the Hawthorne fall race meet.  Today’s ten-race card featured a trio of stakes races, anchored by the $250,000, Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup.  Supporting it on the card was a pair of $50,000 Illinois-preferred sprint stakes: the Blackhawk... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card features the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne: the Hawthorne Gold Cup.  The signature race of the fall meet drew a field of eight runners this year, a mix of classy shippers like distance specialist Commissioner and Grade I winner Majestic Harbor, as well as top-shelf local runners like the... Read more »

Hoppertunity Tops Likely Field for 2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the Hawthorne Gold Cup is just around the corner.  This Grade II race, going a mile and a quarter over the dirt at Hawthorne, will offer a $250,000 purse.  The race is the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne, as well as the only race carded... Read more »

Red Rifle Shoots to Hawthorne Gold Cup Triumph

STICKNEY/CICERO — On a mild and breezy evening on West 35th, the Grade Two, $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup was contested at a mile and a quarter on fast dirt.  With a field of eleven in the gate, it was the largest field in five years to contest the race, the only graded stakes and only... Read more »

2014 Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Full-Card Analysis

The biggest day of the Hawthorne fall meet is here: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day.  Though the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GII) is the centerpiece of the action, there is more going on than just that race.  There is a full card of nine races scheduled at Hawthorne.  If you like maiden races, there are a couple... Read more »

2014 Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Preview

For additional information on this race, please consult Paul Mazur (PM)’s preview for Blood-Horse. 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 also functioned as a Breeders’ Cup prep race. For the second... Read more »