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» Picks and Ponderings: Sun Power and Showtime Deb Stakes Recap
11/22/14 22:38 from Blinkers Off
Today the juvenile Illinois-bred sprinters took center stage at Hawthorne, with the Sun Power Stakes for colts and geldings and the Showtime Deb Stakes for the fillies.  The track was playing a bit more fairly than during the week thanks...

» 2014 Sun Power and Showtime Deb Stakes Recap
11/22/14 19:40 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
STICKNEY/CICERO -- On the second of five stakes race days for the meet, the juveniles took the spotlight.  The horses -- and the people -- got a break today, as the weather warmed up into the forties.  The track finally got some rain ove...

» Ocho Ocho Ocho equals Jackpot at Delta Downs
11/22/14 14:22 from NewsWire
  All in to keep his perfect record intact, Ocho Ocho Ocho battled all the way to the wire to win a gritty photo over Mr. Z in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot . The job wasn’t done there, though, as the son of Street Sen...

» Full-card Hawthorne Picks and Analysis: 11.22.14
11/21/14 22:35 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This is a slightly edited version of a piece that appeared originally at Blinkers Off . Tomorrow the state-bred juveniles take center stage, with the running of the Sun Power Stakes and the Showtime Deb Stakes. The card even kicks off wi...

» Eh Cumpari!
11/21/14 14:18 from NewsWire
  One of the biggest surprises at Aqueduct so far this fall came two weeks ago when first time starter Eh Cumpari shocked the world to the tune of a $93.50 return for anyone lucky enough to have him on top. No doubt the big payoff s...

» Chicago Railbird: 11.21.14
11/21/14 13:13 from Blinkers Off
This Saturday the stakes season at Hawthorne continues with a pair of six-furlong sprint stakes for the juveniles: the Sun Power Stakes for colts and geldings, and the Showtime Deb Stakes for fillies.  In my latest Chicago Railbird colum...

» Jim Vs.: the rematch!
11/20/14 11:58 from Blinkers Off
Back in March, I appeared on Jim Vs. for the first time.  Jim Vs. is the weekly handicapping competition at Hawthorne: each week, they bring one track-goer to give their picks on the pre-race show, and do a friendly handicapping contest....

» Jim Vs...Picks and Ponderings!
11/20/14 11:52 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Every week, Hawthorne hosts Jim Vs.: a weekly head-to-head handicapping competition between Jim Miller, the track's television analyst, and one intrepid track-goer.  This week, I am that contestant.  I will be on the pre-race analysis sh...

» 2015 Kentucky Derby Watch: Carpe Diem
11/20/14 00:48 from NewsWire
  Overview - Owned by WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables, and trained by Todd Pletcher, Carpe Diem currently stands as the 20-1, third choice, on the most recent 2015 Kentucky Derby future odds from Wynn Las Vegas. With three very...

» 2014 Showtime Deb & Sun Power Stakes Preview
11/19/14 21:57 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This week, along with an in-depth look at Delta Jackpot Day, Picks and Ponderings continues its look at the Hawthorne stakes schedule with another week featuring the Illinois-breds.  This week, the pair of stakes focus on the two-year-ol...

» Picks and Ponderings: Delta Jackpot Day Preview
11/19/14 16:57 from Blinkers Off
This Saturday is the biggest race day of the year at Delta Downs: Delta Jackpot Day.  The card features two graded events, the Delta Downs Jackpot (GIII) as well as the Delta Downs Princess (GIII), in addition to six other stakes races. ...

» 2014 Delta Jackpot Day Preview
11/19/14 16:52 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
For every other day the track conducts racing, Delta Downs runs its races at night under the lights, whether it be the Fall/Winter thoroughbreds or the Spring/Summer quarter horses.  These rules are put aside for one day each year in Nov...

» Remember This Race?
11/19/14 13:59 from NewsWire
  Race Clue #1 -  An international field of 12 went to the post for this nine furlong, Grade 1 affair. Race Clue #2 - The favorite would win the race, but his connections needed to sweat through a tight photo finish. Race Clue ...

» Chicago Railbird: 11.19.14
11/19/14 09:58 from Blinkers Off
The top of the Hawthorne trainer standings is a pretty contentious place right now, with three within two wins of the top right now.  Going into this racing week, it is James DiVito — renowned for his two-year-olds, but seeing succ...

» fan stress.
11/18/14 23:37 from Blinkers Off
Being a horse racing fan is exciting, exhilarating, and rewarding.  Few things make me happier than following a horse, seeing how their races and their career go, and seeing them turn up in places where they have a shot.  That is not to ...

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