Washington Park Handicap: Jockey Chris Emigh Takes Avanzare Gate to Wire for 3,500th Win

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Jockey Chris Emigh has been riding in thoroughbred races for 25 years, and has been a regular on the Chicago circuit since 1996.  He entered today’s Washington Park Handicap (GIII) with 3,499 career wins.  He came into the race with thirteen graded victories, including five at Arlington.  Those  included the Hanshin Cup... Read more »

2014 Woodward Day Stakes Preview

With only the Washington Park Handicap (GIII) on the stakes schedule at Arlington this Saturday, Picks and Ponderings has plenty of time to take one last road trip to the Spa.  This weekend is the final one of the Saratoga meet, and Saturday’s card features four graded stakes.  The card features two Grade I races:... Read more »

2014 Washington Park Handicap Preview

After a week away from Arlington, but with another return engagement planned at Saratoga, Picks & Ponderings returns to the northwest suburbs on the last Saturday of August for a look at their feature, the G3 Washington Park Handicap. Like next week’s G3 Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Arlington-Washington Lassie, this race pays homage to Washington... Read more »
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2014 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

Once again, Arlington Park does not have a weekend stakes scheduled.  That leaves the “Picks & Ponderings” team to once again hit the road, and we’re on another three-day weekend trip.  Here’s the line-up, with pieces, authors, and their corresponding links to be added once handicapping materials are available. Friday Aug. 22: Personal Ensign Stakes... Read more »

2014 Travers Day Stakes Preview

After Friday’s Personal Ensign, Picks and Ponderings stays at Saratoga for Saturday, the second day of this weekend’s three-day handicapping road trip.  The third day of the three-day trip takes us to Del Mar for Sunday’s Pacific Classic Day program. The headline race of the day is the Travers Stakes (GI), a race for three-year-olds... Read more »

2014 Personal Ensign Stakes Preview

Once again, Arlington Park does not have a weekend stakes scheduled.  That leaves the “Picks & Ponderings” team to once again hit the road, and we’re on another three-day weekend trip.  Here’s the line-up, with pieces, authors, and their corresponding links to be added once handicapping materials are available. Friday Aug. 22: Personal Ensign Stakes... Read more »
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2014 Arlington Million Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Saturday, August 16 was a warm August day, and Arlington was abuzz with excitement for the state’s biggest racing day: the International Festival of Racing. Seven stakes races, including three Grade I events, made for an exciting and classy card. There had been a chance of rain in the forecast, just as... Read more »

Arlington Million Day: Full Card Analysis

Picks and Ponderings has gone into detail about the stakes races, but there are still five more races to be run today.  The races include allowances and claimers, maidens and more experienced types.  There are all kinds of races on Million Day, and we have you covered here from first post until the last horse... Read more »

2014 Arlington Million Festival Picks and Ponderings

Here’s a one-stop shop that contains links to all the pieces for the Arlington International Festival of Racing, better known as Million Day. The 2014 Festival will be contested on Saturday August 16th. The Arlington Million will be televised live from 5pm-6pm live on WGN-TV and WGN America nationally, as well as streamed on their... Read more »
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2014 Hatoof Stakes Preview (Both Divisions)

Winner of the 1994 Beverly D. Stakes, Hatoof took a winning performance in suburban Chicago along with a runner-up showing in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf against males and used that to nail Eclipse down honors as that year’s Older Female Turf Champion.   Hatoof also won the G1 E. P. Taylor Stakes in Canada two... Read more »
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