Keyword: Illinois

  • Ponder's record-breaking American Derby win in 1949

    Look Back: An American Derby to Ponder

    This week is a race recap of the 1949 American Derby at Washington Park won by Ponder written by Blood-Horse staff titled "Ponder: He Sprints to Conquer." The story ran in the Sept. 3, 1949 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.

  • Hawthorne Race Course Joins NTRA

    The Chicago-area racetrack has emerged as one of the leading destinations for NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifying contests.

  • Moiety wins at Arlington International July 8.

    Moiety's Debut Worth the Wait for Godolphin

    Godolphin homebred Moiety, who was a promising filly at 2 but suffered a setback, made her career debut July 8 at Arlington and delivered with a four-length win over five other 3-year-old fillies in a maiden special weight event.

  • Surgical Strike (outside) wins Arlington Classic May 28

    Surgical Strike Gets His Graded Stakes Win

    The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Brooklynsway wins the Dobledogdare (gr. III)

    Brooklynsway Heads Arlington Matron

    The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.

  • Hip 591, a Smart Strike colt, brought $1.7 million to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16.

    Smart Strike Colt Tops OBS Juvenile Sale

    They saved the best for last at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, when a Smart Strike colt lit up the bid board late for $1.7 million.

  • The 2016 Arlington meet begins May 6

    Illinois THA Reaches Out to Arlington

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.

  • McCaffrey Named ITHA Executive Director

    David McCaffrey, who has spent the past 25 years in leadership positions with the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, has been hired as executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • New Motion Filed in Illinois HBPA Suit

    Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the president and executive director of the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are seeking to have other board members added to the litigation as defendants.

  • IL Group Restates Opposition to Rule Changes

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing.

  • First Winner for Stallion Live From Appollo

    Appollos Baby Girl drew off in the stretch to win a six-furlong maiden-claiming race by 4 3/4 lengths on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Hawthorne Race Course, becoming the first winner for Illinois-based stallion Live From Appollo.

  • Commissioner and Florent Geroux takes the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Commissioner Ends Career on High Note

    WinStar Farm's Commissioner went out on a high note Nov. 28, ending his career with a victory in the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Hawthorne is one of the Illinois tracks pushing for slot machines

    Slots Spread, Illinois Tracks Can Only Watch

    Illinois racetracks, which aren't permitted to have gaming machines, have watched about 5,100 other locations install slot machines which, according to a report, aren't subject to typical casino-style regulation.

  • IRB Member Pulls Slaughter Rule, Resigns

    A proposal designed to prevent shipment of horses from racetracks to slaughter facilities stalled Nov. 17 at the Illinois Racing Board meeting as its sponsor withdrew the plan and abruptly resigned.

  • Lucky Lindy rolls to victory in the Hawthorne Derby.

    Lucky Lindy Invades for Hawthorne Derby Win

    Augustin Stables' Lucky Lindy traveled south from Woodbine on an Illinois raiding trip and easily claimed his second graded score, sailing home in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/4 lengths.

  • Arlington Adds Races, Increases Some Purses

    Citing higher than anticipated handle on its Aug. 15 Arlington Million card and following days, Arlington International Racecourse announced it will card additional races daily and increase purses for state-bred races.

  • Shogood rolls to victory in the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

    Shogood Sprints to Arlington-Washington Win

    William Stiritz's Shogood made his stakes debut in impressive fashion Aug. 22, soaring gate-to-wire to win the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Horsemen File Suit Against Illinois HBPA

    Southern Illinois horsemen have filed a lawsuit to compel the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's president and executive director to disclose financial records, and alleges a conflict of interest.

  • Shogood Looks to Step Up at Arlington

    On Aug. 22 the Nobiz Like Shobiz colt returns to stretch out to seven furlongs and step up in company in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), departing from post 4 in a field of 13 with Chris Emigh up.

  • The Pizza Man takes the Arlington Million.

    The Pizza Man Scores in Arlington Million

    The 6-year-old English Channel gelding galloped to victory in the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, scoring the greatest victory of his career.

  • Watsdachances gets the victory in the Beverly D. after the disqualification of Secret Gesture.

    Watsdachances Put Up in Beverly D. Stakes

    A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Highland Reel leads the way to victory in the Secretariat Stakes.

    Highland Reel Brilliant in Secretariat

    Highland Reel went gate-to-wire in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, quickening away brilliantly after setting the pace to win by 5 1/4 lengths.

  • Mizz Money holds off Return to Grace to win the Pucker Up.

    Mizz Money Makes Grade in Pucker Up Upset

    Mizz Money secured the first graded stakes victory of her career Aug. 15 with a narrow upset victory in the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Arlington International Racecourse turf.

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    Goldstream, Force the Pass Head Secretariat

    Undefeated Italian Derby winner (Ity-II) Goldstream will make his first start for Australian Bloodstock Aug. 15, when he faces Belmont Derby (gr. IT) victor Force the Pass in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).

  • Midnight Cello runs away from the competition in the Hanshin Cup Stakes.

    Midnight Cello Soars in Hanshin Cup

    Midnight Cello earned his first graded stakes score and first victory of the season in style July 18, taking the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse with a bold early move up the rail.