Picks and Ponderings: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Preview

Thanksgiving is here, and it’s time to show our gratitude for the return of three races to Chicago’s fall racing schedule this Saturday!

Hawthorne’s flagship autumn race, the Grade 3 Hawthorne Gold Cup, returns after a one-year hiatus.  A handicap at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter, the race drew a field of eight, with a mix of shippers and locals to compete for the $150,000 purse.

The day’s card also features the return of two Illinois-registered sprint races for older horses, that return after two-year hiatuses: the Powerless Handicap for fillies and mares, and the Lightning Jet Handicap for open company.

Despite a rainy Hawthorne meet, the weather looks mostly dry through the week, and dry for Saturday.  There should be a fast track for the stakes races — and even a pair of turf miles earlier in the day on the undercard.  This preview focuses on the three stakes races on the card — though NN’s full-card analysis will be published at Danonymous Racing later in the week, and will be cross-linked here.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s three stakes races at Hawthorne, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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