Archive for July 2013

Saratoga Bankroll Day 1

Picks and Ponderings is taking a road trip. In a partnership with Thorofan, we’ll be offering Bankroll plays for each day of the Saratoga meet.   Each day, we’ll take fifty dollars ($50.00) and use it throughout the card and try to turn it into bigger money.  The goal is simple: end the meet with more... Read more »

2013 Arlington Oaks Preview

When a stakes race has “Oaks” in its name, it’s typically for three-year-old fillies. The Kentucky Oaks, American Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, and so on fall under this category.  So too does the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks, our local feature race of the week on the July 20 card.  This race... Read more »

Arlington Million Preview Day Recap

On a pleasant summer afternoon at Arlington, the northwest suburban oval staged four Grade Three events on their grass course rated “firm” for the day, as well as a minor stakes that followed.  History was made on this Arlington Million Preview Day. Stars & Stripes: DARK COVE Posts Smashing Victory The first of the five... Read more »

2013 Arlington Million Preview Picks and Ponderings

Saturday July 13 features one of the best cards of the entire Arlington Park season, Million Preview Day.  It features four G3 stakes races on the grass course that serve as local steppingstones to races like the Arlington Million and Secretariat on the Arlington International Festival of Racing program in August. Before the races, there... Read more »

2013 Coach Jimi Lee Stakes Preview

Coach Jimi Lee earned over one million dollars in a long productive career that saw him answer the bell to many midwestern sprint races. Trained by Jim DiVito, he holds the six furlong track record at Hawthorne, which is also the fastest time ever in the Land of Lincoln. He at one point held the... Read more »

2013 Arlington Handicap Preview

Situated in mid-July, four weeks away from the Arlington Million and run at the same 1 1/4 mile turf distance, the ten furlong, $200,000 G3 Arlington Handicap is the Million’s local prep race. A Grade 1 race in the 1980s, it’s fallen to the Grade 3 level. Past winners feature the likes of Round Table... Read more »

2013 Modesty Handicap Preview

Modesty (War Dance – Ballet) won the first American Derby, in 1884 under the guidance of Hall of Fame rider (and Prairie State Festival stakes race namesake) Isaac Murphy, defeating males at the first Washington Park on Chicago’s south side. Run since the 1940s, but on turf since the 1960s, past dirt winners have included... Read more »

2013 American Derby Preview

A full version of this portion of the piece is available at Thorofan’s “Handicapper’s Corner”. (Update, Thursday July 11: When reading the Thorofan piece, disregard the text about the “longshot to watch”.  Trainer W. Catalano has scratched him, as per M. Hersh of the Daily Racing Form) The American Derby serves as the middle leg of... Read more »

2013 Stars And Stripes Stakes Preview

A turf fixture since the fifties, the $150,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes has been a turf marathon since 1996. In its past life, it boasted Hall of Fame winners like Round Table and Fort Marcy. After being revamped into a 1 1/2 mile marathon, its winners include double victors Ballingarry and Free Fighter. This year,... Read more »

The Stanley Cup Comes to Arlington

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — After throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville made a beeline to one of his favorite places – Arlington International Racecourse – and brought along the Stanley Cup. Quenneville first showed off the Cup to the crowd from the Suite level after the 8th race... Read more »