Trotting Out ICF Freshmen Stake Hopefuls

By Mike Paradise Long time Illinois based trainers Steve Searle and Mike Brink have the quantity and likely the quality of two-year-old ICF trotters to have a successful Sunday evening at Hawthorne. Both Searle and Brink will send out five freshmen in the two Violet stake divisions for fillies and in the pair of Cardinal […]

It’s Girls Night Out

By Mike Paradise Double Parked and A Girl Named Jim, strong winners in their respective opening legs of the Incredible Tillie for ICF pacing fillies, will have to wait for another night to tangle for the first time. They drew into different $22,225 divisions of tonight’s Violet stakes for Illinois bred freshman gals. Both fillies […]

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Kudos Hawthorne for “Right Thing to Do”

By Mike Paradise When was the last time you saw a horse on the Chicago circuit win five consecutive Opens or Free For All events and not told to leave town? I’ve been covering Illinois harness racing for a very long time and I never saw it happen. A dominant horse winning at the track’s […]

Those Babies Are Back

By Mike Paradise The center of attention this week at Hawthorne is on ICF two-year-olds, or has most horsemen like to call them “the babies.” Freshmen of both gaits and sexes, will be going to the starting gate for their first major event in the Illinois Department of Agriculture sponsored Cardinal and Violet stakes on […]