Keyword: Hawthorne

  • 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.

  • Midwest Thoroughbreds Sets Win Record

    Richard and Karen Papiese's Midwest Thoroughbreds surpassed a 38-year-old single-season record for victories by an owner this month with 501 winners from 1,706 starters in 2012. The old record was 494 wins.

  • 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.

  • Thornton Breaks Collarbone at Hawthorne

    Rider Tim Thornton suffered a broken collarbone and facial fractures when he was dislodged after his mount clipped heels with another horse near the quarter mile pole in the fourth race at Hawthorne Race Course Oct. 21.

  • Two Months Rent surges late to win the Hawthorne Derby.

    Two Months Rent Grabs Wet Hawthorne Derby

    In a driving rainstorm at Hawthorne Oct. 13, Two Months Rent emerged from the pack at mid-stretch to chase down Film Shot in the final yards for a neck victory at 20-1 odds in the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT).

  • Illinois Board OKs Hotly Contested '13 Dates

    A below-strength Illinois Racing Board, after a grueling day of testimony and deliberation, required two voice votes Sept. 25 to approve a hotly contested schedule for 2013 live racing.

  • Jockey Eddie Razo Jr.

    Jockey Eddie Razo Found Dead

    Jockey Eddie Razo Jr., a well-known rider on the Midwest circuit, was found dead following the extinguishing of a garage fire in Long Grove, Ill. April 24. His death was confirmed by jockey agent Ronnie Ebanks.

  • Arena Elvira tries to extend her winning streak to six in the Sixty Sails Handicap.

    Arena Elvira After 6th in Row in Sixty Sails

    Arena Elvira looks to extend her winning streak to six races in a row when she faces a solid field of older fillies and mares in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course April 21.

  • Done Talking pulls away late to win the Illinois Derby.

    Done Talking Delivers Illinois Derby Upset

    With Sheldon Russell aboard for trainer Hamilton Smith, Skeedattle Stable's Done Talking ran down Morgan's Guerrilla in the final yards to post a 12-1 upset in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) April 7 at Hawthorne.

  • Currency Swap is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the Illinois Derby.

    Wide-Open Illinois Derby Draws 14

    In what is easily the most wide-open field of all the final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps, the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) drew a full field of 14 for the April 7 event at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go is the lone stakes winner Illinois Derby.

    Watch Me Go Among 12 in Illinois Derby

    A little more than three weeks ago Watch Me Go was dismissed at odds of 47-1 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II). Now, the son of West Acre is the horse to beat in the $300,000 TVG Illinois Derby (gr. III).

  • Aqueduct cancelled racing for Dec. 9 due to poor weather and high winds.

    Weather KOs Racing Across the Country

    A large winter storm sweeping across the country producing snow and high winds has caused several tracks to cancel their race cards for Dec. 9.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    HANA's Top-10 Tracks - #8 Hawthorne

    The Horseplayers Association of North America regularly rates the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Hawthorne Race Course is #8.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway, Hawthorne Cancel Racing Dec. 21

    With forecasters promising strong winds and single-digit windchill temperatures, Turfway Park and Hawthorne Race Course have canceled live racing for Dec. 21.

  • Hawthorne Racing

    Fields Set For Ill. Festival of Racing

    The Illinois Festival of Racing on Nov. 1 marks the time on the calendar to celebrate the local state-bred equines that populate the majority of Hawthorne's backstretch. And while the progeny of the state's Thoroughbreds won't be confused with those from Kentucky, many have proven successful when raced on the national stage.

  • Fairbanks pulls away in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Fairbanks Makes Statement at Hawthorne

    Team Valor International's Fairbanks moved into striking position around the far turn, burst to the front in upper stretch, and cruised to the wire a 2 3/4-length winner under Richard Migliore Sept. 27 in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) in Illinois.

  • Golden Velvet scores a hard-earned victory in the Sixty Sails.

    Golden Velvet Draws Away in Sixty Sails

    Golden Velvet turned the tables on rival Tessa Blue, but only after gutting it out in a neck-and-neck battle with that one in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Recapturetheglory works five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

    Recapturetheglory Works at Churchill

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Recapturetheglory, a potential contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

  • Tessa Blue will meet Golden Velvet once again in the Sixty Sails Handicap.

    Fillies and Mares Rematch in Sixty Sails

    Separate rivalries will continue - this time combined - when a field of eight older fillies and mares goes postward in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course April 19.

  • TVG Deal Part of Hawthorne's Bigger Plan

    TVG has announced an exclusive multi-year agreement that ends an 18-month hiatus of Hawthorne Race Course from the racing network's line-up, and the Illinois track says it is all part of bigger plan to broaden its own plans for a self-run wagering entity.

  • Hawthorne will re-open for racing March 7.

    Hawthorne Optimistic For Spring Meet

    Handle rose by more than 7% during Hawthorne Park's new January racing schedule, and the Chicago-area racetrack is hoping that the upswing will continue when doors open March 7 for the start of its spring meet.

  • Jockey Tim Thornton just won his first riding title in spite of many injuries.

    Inside Track: Make It or Break It

    When you meet Thornton in person, you think he is a very, very nice young man. You wonder how he remained steady and well-mannered even after encountering the racetrack's fast-paced lifestyle. When you hear of his multiple injuries and comebacks, you wonder why he hasn't given up on riding or spiraled into oblivion. Then you speak to his mother, and it all makes perfect sense.

  • Hawthorne Cancels Racing

    Hawthorne Race Course cancelled the remainder of its Dec. 13 card due to unacceptable track conditions, the racetrack announced following the second race of the day.

  • Carts Italian Rose starts the parade of longshots in the Showtime Deb Stakes at Hawthorne.

    Longshots Rule the Day at Hawthorne

    Wagering expectations were not met by the majority of horseplayers at Hawthorne Nov.3, as six Illinois-bred stakes races were run and all six favorites disappointed, with longshots ruling the day in the 7th annual Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing.

  • Six Stakes Offered at Hawthorne Nov. 3

    On a day when the Illinois Thoroughbred gets some undivided attention, the six $100,000 stakes for horses foaled and/or conceived in the Prairie State will offer a variety of challenges for the average handicapper. Here is a closer look at the 2007 edition of the Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing to be held Nov. 3.

  • Classic Campaign conquers Carey field.

    Classic Campaign Rallies for Carey Score

    Classic Campaign entered the $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) without a win in his last six starts. But the Kinsman Stable homebred proved he was right where he belonged, rallying from fourth place at the top of the stretch to overtake Crested (GB) by a nose on the Hawthorne turf Sept. 29.

  • Hawthorne Chief Calls for Slots at Tracks

    Illinois horse racing is mired in a "downward spiral that will require action by state government to save it," Hawthorne Race Course President Tim Carey said as his track prepared to open the 2007 Illinois Thoroughbred season Friday.