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Hawthorne Meet Opens Friday With 35 Days Through Dec. 27

Hawthorne Race Course did not run a Spring meet in 2020 as the facility underwent a facelift that will eventually accommodate slot machines. The Chicagoland racecourse will however run a Fall season beginning this week with a Friday through Sunday schedule into December when the race week slims down to Saturday and Sunday only, through […]

Big Weekend Ahead; Don't Fall Asleep On Hawthorne

While the eyes of many handicappers will be gazing at Keeneland and Belmont this weekend, as the former offers two graded stakes Friday and another seven Saturday and Belmont matches stride with four Grade I events Saturday, Hawthorne Race Course will hold the opening day of its fall meet on Friday beginning at 2:20 p.m. […]

Dorsett to Tackle Hawthorne Derby

The first set of Canterbury Connections was a complete bust, We were seeking prices and found overmatched horses. More combatants are taking to other racetracks now that the season’s been done for a few weeks, so we’ll try again. Many Canterbury horses are showing up in the entries at Hawthorne, and even though I only […]

Hernandez Giving Shakopee a Try

Israel Hernandez had dismounted, the grooms had taken his horse and he was headed through the winner’s circle on his way to the jockeys lounge when he was spotted by a young bystander. “He looks like a real jockey,” the youngster said, emphasizing ‘real.’ Apparently Hernandez fit the perfect stereotype for this future horseplayer. Not […]

Like Father, Like Son

If Brandon Meier wins the Kentucky Derby some day or, say, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there is another lesser race that will command an adjacent spot in his memory. Riding with the bug in 2008, he was on a horse making the turn for home and came off the fence just enough to let the […]

The Boys from Chicago

There are a few guys stepping out from their last races in Chicago to new surroundings, some garnering more attention than others.  Since all three last started at Hawthorne… why wouldn’t it get my interest? On a  national scale, with the Preakness just over a week away there are two exiting the Illinois Derby with different profiles […]

Road to Kentucky & A Trip (Not that Far) South

The Road to Kentucky passed through Fair Grounds last week. There was plenty of chalk for sure but two winners jumped up at huge prices. Race 2 featured a $99 winner and the double-point Risen Star saw the 135 to 1 Ive Struck a Nerve get up by a nose…. a cap horse worth 2400 points. […]

Road to Kentucky, Angela at Hawthorne & More

The $30,000 Road to Kentucky Tournament continues Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. The double point bonus race Derby prep is the $200,000 G3 El Camino Real. Post time is 2:45pm for the nine-race card and entries to this free contest are due before that. Only three of the nine entered in the El Camino Real […]