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 »

2014 American St. Leger Preview

This year marks the third running of the American St. Leger Stakes, a turf marathon.  Along with the the Arlington Million (GI), the Beverly D (GI), and the Secretariat Stakes (GI) it is part of the International Festival of Racing.  The race is inspired by the St. Leger Stakes, an English Classic that runs approximately... Read more »

2014 Straight Line Stakes Preview

Straight Line, a 2002 horse by Boundary out of the Strawberry Road mare Zanti raced regularly at Arlington Park and notched five of his ten career wins at the track.  Among his wins over the suburban oval were two stakes wins, the 2004 Honest Pleasure Stakes and the 2005 Forward Pass Stakes.  His highest-profile wins... Read more »
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2014 Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When people think of Arlington International, they think of its longtime owner, Richard L. Duchossois, known to many as “Mr. D” and subject of a recent BloodHorse longform piece. Even though his role has lessened in recent years, there are still reminders. On mornings before race days, a pre-race show is aired from Mr. D’s... Read more »
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