Racing & Wagering

"Behind the Silks with Tim Thornton"

Episode 20 (Season Finale): October 5, 2012

"Closing Week": In the season finale of Behind the Silks, Tim takes you on one last ride. Check out some of his mounts from closing weekend, including a winning ride aboard Ransom Zip for trainer Mike Reavis. Then Tim breaks the fourth wall as he reflects on what the Behind the Silks experience was like for him and how it's influenced others.

Episode 19: September 28, 2012

"Wins and Whacks": With two episodes to go, Tim takes the Illinois-bred champion River Bear to Fairmount Park to compete in their Tex's Zing Stakes. Then head back to Arlington as Free Fighter turns the tables on Exchanging Kisses. Aboard Quiet Determination, an incident causes Tim to call foul, and the excitement continues with one of the most dramatic images captured so far on the helmet cam.

Episode 18: September 21, 2012

"A Good Week": Episode 18 is all about the turf, and it served Tim well. Join the ride as Tim squeezes thru some tight spots and glides through the grass right to the Winner's Circle...three times. Then, Tim takes on the G3 Pucker Up Stakes on Treasured Up.

Episode 17: September 14, 2012

"Anatomy of a Race": In episode 17, Tim breaks down a winning race, taking you through his decision making process. He evaluates the turf, assesses the competion, and finally takes you step-by-step through the race itself. Follow along as Tim explains in detail why he made the decisions and moves he made, and how it all came together to land Tim and Wicklow into the Winner's Circle.
"Expect the Unexpected": Each time a jockey shows up for the day's races, he or she never knows what that day may bring. Tim Thornton knows well that really anything can happen. An unexpected horse may step up and win, a longshot may outrun his odds, and as always, the starting gate can prove to be one of the most unpredictable places on the racetrack.

Episode 15: August 31, 2012

"Claims and Clips": In the 15th episode, Tim shows you that even if it's a slow week for him, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's not exciting! First Tim takes you through the races of two recently claimed horses. After that, get more intimate with the Helmet Cam as Tim explains how his view and the broadcast view can greatly differ.

Episode 14: August 24, 2012

"Bumps and Bolts": Some days are just eventful days. Sunday, August 19th 2012, looked promising for Tim as he went into the day's races with a chance to win on five horses. The day takes an interesting turn as a couple horses bolt and a couple more cause inquiries.

Episode 13: August 17, 2012

"Pills, Paddock & Peyote": In this weeks episode, Tim introduces us to another aspect of the racing game - The Jockey Agent. Find out more about what goes into getting the races set up, and why a Jockey needs an agent. Also, Seattle Train acts up in the paddock and Tim's favorite horse, Peyote Patty, runs in the Illinois Owner's Stake - a race she won in 2009.

Episode 12: August 10, 2012

"Riding the Rails": Episode 12 explores some of the different riding tactics of Tim and the Arlington Park Jockey Colony, while the Helmet Cam helps you experience Tim's own personal style. Then ride along with Tim as he skims the rail to victory aboard the 40-1 Nic the Quick.

Episode 11: August 3, 2012

"Go Go White Sox" In episode 11, join Tim as he heads to a Chicago White Sox game to throw out the first pitch. Tim gets to talk athlete to athlete with a few players and finds out that the White Sox may have another surprise or two in store for him.

Episode 10: July 27, 2012

In Episode 10, Tim takes us through the career of his favorite horse, Peyote Patty. Discover why she has been such as special horse in Tim's life as he takes us through the ups and downs of her career from her memorable 5 race win streak in 2009, leading up to her recent win at Arlington Park.

Episode 9: July 20, 2012

Episode 9: "Blue" - In this episode, "blue" is the theme - starting with Tim's dog, Jake, a Blue Heeler. After spending some time with Jake, we learn the story behind Tim's blue boots, and take a tour of the Arlington Park jock's room. Tim then introduces us to Blue Knott, Arlington Park's Starter, and we find out more about how the starting gate and the gate crew operate.

Episode 8: July 13, 2012

"Pace Makes the Race": In episode 8, travel with Tim to Canterbury as he rides the favorite in a Stake and hangs with his best bud, jockey Tanner Riggs. Back at Arlington Park, Tim meets with a group of handicappers from Pace Advantage, and explains how pace effects a race's outcome. Afterwards, 8 year old Luke Johnston joins up with Tim for a visit to the Jock's Room.

Episode 7: July 6, 2012

"Every Morning": Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a jockey working horses at the track at 5:30 am? In episode 7 of "Behind the Silks," join Tim for the ultimate backside tour as he takes you with him out on the track and into the barns of trainers Mike Reavis and Larry Rivelli.

Episode 6: June 29, 2012

In episode 6 of “Behind the Silks”, ride along with Tim as he guides Team Block’s Mavericking through an exhilarating stretch run up the rail, leading to the Winner’s Circle. Then Tim ties his own personal record by winning four races in one day and later celebrates with a crawfish boil at Cisco Torres’ house.

Episode 5: June 22, 2012

In episode 5, Tim recaps his races from Prairie State Festival Day. He also takes us through a recent scary moment aboard the Louie Roussel III trained Triple Check, that results in a trip to the stewards office. The “Triple Check Incident” causes Tim to reflect back on a similar, but even more dramatic experience aboard Strategic Sun in 2006.

Episode 4: June 15, 2012

"Father's Day" In this week's episode, get to know a more personal side of Tim, as he talks both about his Father and being a Father himself. Tim then takes you through Brothers Nicholas's most recent win - up close and personal - with some help from the Helmet Camera.

Episode 3: June 8, 2012

In the third episode of "Behind the Silks" Tim and his agent must face a tough decision with two horses entering the same race. Tim talks about his horses for the upcoming Prairie State Festival at Arlington Park, including his favorite mare Peyote Patty, and takes his new Equisight helmet camera to chief state steward Eddie Arroyo for permission to start wearing it during live races.

Episode 2: June 1, 2012

In episode 2, join Tim as he heads to the Grand Opening of the new OTB, Sam's Triple Crown in Orland Hills. Learn more as Tim looks back on the month of May - explaining how blinkers helped a rank filly to focus, and talking about a spooky incident at the starting gate.

Episode 1: May 25, 2012

In the premiere episode, meet Tim Thornton - an Arlington Park Jockey. Tim takes you through a brief history of his career, from his early days in rodeo to his current position as one of the leading riders in Chicago. From Graded Stakes Races to Crawfish Boils, Tim takes you on an insiders journey Behind the Silks.