Hawthorne

Track information and stakes schedule for the 2014 Hawthorne Racecourse spring meet, highlighted by G3 $500,000 Illinois Derby on Saturday, April 19.Full Story >>
April 20, 2014
Dynamic Impact and Midnight Hawk, separated by a nose at the finish in Saturday’s Illinois Derby, both emerged from the race in good order, their trainers said Sunday morning. It’s extremely unlikely either horse would run in the Kentucky Derby, and ...
April 19, 2014
Flashy American stepped far forward after a modest 2014 debut in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park and won the Grade 3, $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap by three-quarters of a length over pacesetting Sonja’s Angel on Saturday at Hawthorne
Dynamic Impact, who scored a narrow maiden victory March 1 in his fifth career start, ran down heavily favored Midnight Hawk to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a very tight photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne.
April 17, 2014
The “Hawk” in Midnight Hawk refers to the Chicago Blackhawks, whose coach, Joel Quenneville, owns a piece of the colt, and many handicappers will view Midnight Hawk’s presence at Hawthorne in the Illinois Derby as something akin to the Blackhawks ...
A Todd Pletcher-trained horse has won four of the last eight editions of the Sixty Sails, and Pletcher could win it again Saturday with a little-known Brazilian import named Ana Luisa.
April 16, 2014
Post position isn’t meaningless in the Illinois Derby, but the starting stalls assigned Wednesday to the eight horses entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 race should not make or break a runner’s chances.
April 14, 2014
Although Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne does not offer qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, the race is set to have a possible Kentucky Derby starter in the lineup Saturday in Midnight Hawk.
April 11, 2014
The notable exclusion of the Illinois Derby last year from Churchill Downs’s points-based qualifying system for the 20 starting slots in the Kentucky Derby dealt a big blow to Hawthorne Race Course, but it might not be such a calamity after all.
April 02, 2014
No Surrender, a striking 3-year-old maiden winner of the third race here March 28, has been purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and will be sent later this week to trainer Todd Pletcher’s string at Churchill Downs.
You could say trainer Terrel Gore has gotten hot during the winter-spring meet at Hawthorne, but that would be saying far too little.