Keyword: Bob Kieckhefer

  • Done Talking won the 2012 Illinois Derby.

    Illinois Derby Purse Increased to $750,000

    The Illinois Racing Board Jan. 29 approved an increase in the purse for this year's Illinois Derby (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course and a renewal of the $400,000 American St. Leger started last year at Arlington.

  • ADW Companies Stop Taking Wagers in Illinois

    At least two of the four companies conducting advance deposit wagering in Illinois are shutting down operations for Illinois residents because that form of wagering is now illegal in the Land of Lincoln.

  • ADW Companies Taking Illegal Illinois Wagers

    At least three of four major advance deposit wagering companies continue to take bets from Illinois residents even though the action is illegal as of the beginning of the year, the Illinois Racing Board said Jan. 3.

  • Ambitious Dragon wins the Hong Kong Mile.

    Ambitious Dragon Takes Hong Kong Mile

    Ambitious Dragon overcame a raft of problems, including an injury the day before the race, and still produced a dramatic run to win the Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) Dec. 9 by three-quarters of a length.

  • Lord Kanaloa wins the Hong Kong Sprint.

    Japanese Runner Breaks Through in HK Sprint

    Japan's top sprinter, Lord Kanaloa, swept by pacesetting local hope Cerise Cherry in the final 100 meters in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) and went on to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • Red Cadeaux wins the Hong Kong Vase.

    Red Cadeaux Captures Tight Hong Kong Vase

    Red Cadeaux, making his third group I start in five weeks, won a tight stretch battle with Jaguar Mail to capture the Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) Dec. 9 by a short head.

  • Watching the races at Happy Valley Racecourse.

    Hong Kong Jockey Club Pursues New, Young Fans

    Even as they welcome the inner circle of racing to the Dec. 9 Longines Hong Kong International Races, local racing officials in that country are busily harnessing digital technology in search of new, young fans.

  • Lucky Nine, trained by John Moore, is the defending champion in the Hong Kong Sprint.

    Is Home Field Edge at Risk in Hong Kong?

    The normal home-field advantage enjoyed by local horses in the Hong Kong International Races may be at risk Dec. 9--because of changes in the home field. Or it could be a smoke screen.

  • Deal Close for Illinois Gaming Expansion?

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Nov. 30 they are close to a deal that would bring a casino to the Chicago Loop -- and, presumably, wider gaming expansion including slot machines at race tracks.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    Hawthorne Approved to Drop Seven Racing Days

    The Illinois Racing Board Nov. 27 approved Hawthorne Race Course's request to drop seven Wednesday cards because of the effects of an outbreak of neurological equine herpes on the backstretch.

  • Arlington 'Super Testing' Leads to Positives

    "Super testing" conducted early in this year's Arlington Park meet resulted in 26 positives for prednisone but found no evidence of other prohibited substances, according to the Illinois Racing Board.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    Brighter Days on Illinois Racing Horizon?

    Hawthorne Race Course opens its spring meet Feb. 17 with higher purses, a lot more horses on the grounds and a hopeful eye on both the weatherman and the state Capitol.

  • Cirrus des Aigles

    Can Cirrus des Aigles Upset Bluebloods Again?

    Cirrus des Aigles is a rather commonly bred 5-year-old gelding and, after finishing seventh in last year's Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), few would have given him a chance for international stardom.

  • Cityscape drew post 12 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile.

    No Luck of the Draw in HK for Juddmonte

    Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms may have taken the worst of things in the Dec. 7 barrier draw for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

  • Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Hong Kong Jockey's Challenge.

    Dettori wins Hong Kong Jockeys' Challenge

    Frankie Dettori, subbing for Corey Nakatani, won the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship, booting home the winner of the last leg of the Dec. 7 competition with a dramatic stretch run.

  • May Be a Way Forward for Illinois Tracks

    Although Gov. Gov. Pat Quinn has said there will be no slots at tracks on his watch, there may yet be a way forward for racetracks as part of gaming expansion in Illinois.

  • Arlington Park

    Wagering Improves at Arlington Park

    Average daily all-sources handle on Arlington Park's 2011 live racing was up 3% over 2010, but still remained significantly lower than 2009 figures.

  • Hawthorne Race Course, who has had their fall stakes schedule approved.

    Illinois Board Hears Plea on Purse Accounts

    The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 30 referred to staff a request by a horsemen's group to require racetracks to hold newfound purse money in segregated, interest-bearing accounts.

  • War Emblem

    Beverage Distributor on Old Sportsman's Site

    The site of old Sportsman's Park in Illinois will complete a kind of weird full circle with plans to build a new headquarters for Wirtz Beverage Illinois on the suburban Chicago acreage.

  • Horse Racing Surfaces in Ill. Gov. Trial

    The long-hinted horse racing connection to embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged misdeeds finally became public Tuesday at the governor's impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate.

  • Illinois Harness Tracks Impacted by Entry Box Boycott

    The Jan. 2 closing-day Thoroughbred program at Hawthorne Race Course may be the last live racing action of any kind in the Chicago area for a while. A dispute over purses has resulted in cancellation of harness racing at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park on the first two days of the New Year.