Intriguing ICF Showdowns on Horizon

By Mike Paradise Opening night of Hawthorne’s winter meet is only a week away and the Friday, January 5th conditioned sheet lists both an $11,000 ICF Open Pace and a $10,000 Open Pace as its headliners. The state-bred Open for male pacers could turn out to be an early preview for the Dave Magee Closer […]

Hawthorne gearing up for Winter Meet

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Stalbaum Assigned 20 Stalls at Hawthorne

By Mike Paradise The driver and trainer colony for Hawthorne’s upcoming winter meet will get a huge boost with veteran horseman Larry Stalbaum coming from in the east coast with a large stable. A check of Hawthorne’s stall allocations for the January 5th start of the meet shows that the 54-year-old Stalbaum was allocated 20 […]

Holiday Gifts Your Horse Will Love

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Fox Valley Gemini Sure Bet for Top Honor

By Mike Paradise The ballots went out this week to every member in our state for his or her choice as the 2017 Illinois Harness Horse of the Year. While the official announcement won’t take place until December 20 the unbeaten 2-year-old Fox Valley Gemini looks to be a shoo-in for the top honor. You […]