Hawthorne Racecourse, Stickney, IL, Spring, 2008

You just never know. Every year some pundit or another predicts the demise of Hawthorne. Every year it does open, you just enjoy and thank the Lord that a new racing Spring is Sprung.

This year we got a nice day for Illinois Derby, and a nice crowd turned out. Nothing like it!

Eventual winner Recapture the Glory

They're off!

Winning jock E.T. Baird and assorted local racing entities post-race.

Ah, Hawthorne!