This Saturday is the biggest day of the Hawthorne fall calendar: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day!
The feature race is the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup, which sees eight runners going a mile and a quarter over the main track. The undercard sees a pair of sprint stakes for Illinois-preferred company: the Blackhawk Handicap for open company, as well as the Pershing Handicap for fillies and mares.
Will Mister Marti Gras finally win the Gold Cup, in his fifth try? Will a different local prove his mettle at the Classic distance? Will one of the marauding shippers get the money?