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 >>
YESTERDAY November 30, 2015
Commissioner ended his career Saturday with a 2 ½-length win in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, and the next day was shipped directly to WinStar Farm in Kentucky to begin a stud career, but for the winners of the two undercard stakes Saturday at Hawthorne, ...
November 28, 2015
Florent Geroux’s star has ascended rapidly the last two seasons or so, but before Geroux stepped onto the national stage, he honed his craft riding dark winter days here at Hawthorne – though Geroux’s second mount of this Hawthorne meet required little ...
November 26, 2015
Churchill Downs has two Grade 1 dirt routes for older males – the Stephen Foster in June and the Clark in November. The 4-year-old colt Commissioner started in the Foster this year, going to post as the third choice at a well-backed 3-1 but coming home ...
Of all the graded stakes on Saturday, it is the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup that has this handicapper most excited to bet. I see value on a locally based runner in a race where out-of-towners figure to garner the overwhelming share of mutuel support.
Owner Bill Stiritz and trainer Scott Becker have too many Illinois-breds for too few Illinois-bred stakes races.
November 25, 2015
Commissioner should be heavily favored Saturday to give trainer Todd Pletcher his third win in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, and if he needs any last-second prerace tips, a horse standing right next to him in the starting gate should be able to provide ...
November 12, 2015
The venerable Saint Leon, a two-time winner of the Arlington Sprint, died suddenly early Tuesday after being stricken with internal distress.
Roughly halfway through the Hawthorne fall-winter season, there’s 44-year-old Chris Emigh, perched atop the jockey standings, his 27 wins through Nov. 11 eight better than Tim Thornton and Santo Sanjur.
November 09, 2015
Wednesday is Nov. 11, and the high temperature is forecast to be about 60 degrees, which is way above normal in Chicago. This has been one of the warmest autumns on record, and that’s good news for the Hawthorne turf course, which in this unusually ...
October 19, 2015
Lucky Lindy came out of his victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hawthorne Derby in good condition but is almost certainly done racing until 2016, trainer Mark Frostad said Monday.