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Bob Larry Final is Up for Grabs

By Mike Paradise   It’s the weekend of Hawthorne’s “Summer Series” finals.  Two were decided last night, another, the Bob Larry, is Saturday’s headliner, and two more five figure showdowns will be determined on Sunday evening.   Saturday’s sixth race Bob Larry carries an inviting $17,500 pot and there is no clear-cut favorite.   Elimination […]

Limelight on Profitable Series Finals

By Mike Paradise   A trio of five figure “Summer Series” finals are the center of attentions on Friday’s 12 race Hawthorne card.   The $16,600 Bea Farber trot final will go as race seven, two races later it’s the $18,500 Daryl Busse trot showdown and that’s followed by the $16,300 Walter Paisley championship for […]

Illinois Trot Queen Won’t Abdicate Throne

By Mike Paradise   Illinois’ long reining trotting queen Annas Lucky Star will be back to compete as a seven-year-old during the current Hawthorne meeting.   “Over the winter I was thinking about retiring her as a racehorse and starting her new career as a broodmare but I’ve decided to give her one more year […]

ICF Kingpins Begin Awaited Rivalry

By Mike Paradise   The initial Saturday night card of the 2021 Hawthorne harness racing meeting pivots to put the emphasis on a pair of Illinois champions knocking heads for the first time this year.   You can expect many more in-state matchups likely to follow.   Three-time ICF Horse of the Year (2017, 2028 […]

ICF Kingpins Begin Awaited Rivalry

By Mike Paradise   The initial Saturday night card of the 2021 Hawthorne harness racing meeting pivots to put the emphasis on a pair of Illinois champions knocking heads for the first time this year.   You can expect many more in-state matchups likely to follow.   Three-time ICF Horse of the Year (2017, 2028 […]

“They’re Off” Tonight and Now You’re Invited

  By Mike Paradise At long last harness racing returns to the Chicago circuit tonight.  It has been more than seven months since Hawthorne’s 2020 meeting concluded.   The much-anticipated 2021 session gets under way Friday evening with a 7:10 first post after an absence of 229 days and this time with actual patrons at […]

What’s the Buzz at Flacco Family Farms

By Mike Paradise You’ve heard the phrase “fly on the wall” on numerous occasions nevertheless I want to borrow it one last time for my final column of the year. In my case I would have loved to be “the fly on the wall” at last weekend’s annual Night of Champions get together at the […]