2015 Hopeful Stakes and Bernard Baruch Handicap Preview

This Monday, the Saratoga meet draws to a close.  The Labor Day card features a pair of graded stakes races to close the meet: the Hopeful Stakes (GI) for juveniles, and the Bernard Baruch (GII) for older grass horses.  Though the Baruch lacks the sparkle of last year’s — Wise Dan is making yet another... Read more »

2015 Woodward Day Stakes Preview

The curtain came down on Arlington International’s stakes program last week with the Arlington-Washington Lassie for two-year-old fillies.  This weekend, the curtain comes down on the Saratoga meet.  The calendar has flipped to September, and it means Labor Day – the closing day of the Saratoga meet – is this weekend.  The Picks & Ponderings... Read more »

Marquee Miss Makes a Winning Debut in the Arlington-Washington Lassie

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The trainer/owner team of Ingrid Mason and Joe Ragsdale didn’t attend today’s eighty-first running of the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie as they saddled Sarah Sis to a fourth place effort in today’s G1 Ballerina.  The Ballerina was contested at Saratoga on the undercard of the Travers Day program – with the feature race... Read more »
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2015 Arlington-Washington Lassie Preview

The biggest event of the racing weekend is Travers Day from Saratoga, and the Picks and Ponderings duo has a detailed look at Travers Day. However, this week Arlington stages the fillies-only complement to last week’s Arlington-Washington Futurity.  Contested as well at seven furlongs, the Arlington-Washington Lassie is the feature on the August 29th card... Read more »

2015 Travers Day Stakes Preview

Saratoga is summertime racing’s biggest talking point.  No other meet has a contest that sees players from near and far try to take down large cash prices while negotiating the forty racing days of the Spa.  No other meet sees people rent their homes out to racing fans that descend on the area.  Those facts... Read more »

Shogood Proves Best in the Arlington-Washington Futurity

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — On June 19, in a juvenile maiden special weight at Arlington, all eyes were on The Zip Zip Man.  He obliged as the buzz horse and the odds-on favourite, but there was one horse in the field who finished in the same zip code as The Zip Zip Man: the 22/1 shot... Read more »
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2015 Arlington-Washington Futurity Preview

This week’s coverage at Picks & Ponderings is a three-pronged attack covering both coasts of the States, their boutique summer meets, and a little something in between.  On the East Coast is Saratoga, and coverage centers there with the G1 Alabama Stakes and the Troy Stakes on their undercard.  On the West Coast is Del... Read more »

2015 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

The Breeders’ Cup prep season gets intense this weekend.  Saturday’s card at Del Mar features three graded stakes races, all of which are Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In.  The marquee race, the Pacific Classic (GI), awards its winner with a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  A ticket to the Turf awaits the winner... Read more »

2015 Alabama Stakes Day Stakes Preview

This week’s coverage at Picks & Ponderings is a three-pronged attack covering both coasts of the States, their boutique summer meets, and a little something in between.  On the East Coast is Saratoga, and coverage centers there with the G1 Alabama Stakes and the Troy Stakes on their undercard covered in this piece.  On the... Read more »
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2015 Arlington Million Day Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Today’s International Festival of Racing got underway under a hot sun and a clear sky, but things turned grey by midday.  The stakes portion of the day started under the hot sun on the polytrack, when the three-year-olds came out for the Bruce D. Memorial. It started to rain during the Secretariat... Read more »