Illinois Derby Handicapping Contest: this weekend!

The biggest day of the Hawthorne fall meet is coming up on Saturday, and Danonymous Racing and I have organized a handicapping contest!

Dan has posted the rules, and they are simple.

The contest is open to anyone who donates at least $10.00 to Galloping Out, our local organisation dedicated to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming racehorses who are retiring from the Chicagoland circuit.  You can send me money via PayPal (my PayPal email is and I will deposit it with Galloping Out’s horsemen’s bookkeeper account, or you can give directly to Galloping Out via any of the methods on their website.  If you give directly to them, just remember to send me an email to let me know, so you are eligible to enter the contest and win prizes.

For the contest, pick a horse in each race of Saturday’s Hawthorne card; your contest wager is a $2 mythical win/place on each selection.  The highest bankroll wins.  If tiebreakers are necessary, the first tiebreak is most winners and the second is highest-priced winner.

The winner receives a pair of jockey goggles signed by the rider who wins the 2015 Illinois Derby (GIII).  The second-place finisher receives a pair of goggles signed by the winner of the 2015 Sixty Sails Handicap (GIII).  The third-place winner will receive a pair of signed jockey goggles from Dan’s collection — it’s a mystery!

The winner’s contest bankroll will also make a huge difference for Galloping Out.  Brandon Moran of Meadow Lane Stable has sponsored a bonus — for every $1 in the winner’s final bankroll, he will donate $10 to Galloping Out.

Sign up for the contest, dive into those past performances for Saturday’s Hawthorne card, and help improve the lives of retired Illinois racehorses!

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