Archive for June 2014

A Tiny Bit of Track Etiquette

This piece is jointly published here and at Blinkers Off. Everyone has their stories about interesting folks-about-track.  I have fewer than others, since I haven’t been a regular at the races for as long as some others have been, but even I am starting to amass a collection of charming anecdotes. There was the guy... Read more »

Countess Cashmere Continues Swearingen's Stakes Success in the Purple Violet

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — On a crowded day at Arlington, with the crowd already abuzz with excitement for the Belmont Stakes, nine three-year-old fillies headed postward in the $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes.  The race featured two previous Illinois-bred stakes winners: Pistols Drawn, the winner of the Pretty Jenny Stakes at Hawthorne on April 26, as well... Read more »

2014 Belmont Stakes Day Preview Part 3: Friday and Early Saturday

We have covered the Belmont Stakes horse-by-horse here at Picks and Ponderings. Paul has analyzed the Grade I stakes races on Saturday June 7. However, Belmont’s cards this weekend are so deeply stacked that there is still even more stakes action to go. In this case, there are two more stakes races on Friday, and... Read more »

2014 Purple Violet Stakes Preview

The big race day of the weekend is the Belmont Stakes with its star-studded program, but the local action at Arlington Park includes a stake as well.  (For a look at Belmont Stakes Day Picks and Ponderings, check out the links given: Friday and Saturday, The Grade Ones, and the Belmont Stakes.) As with last... Read more »

2014 Belmont Stakes Day Preview Part 2

The feature on the Saturday June 7 card at Belmont Park may be the Belmont Stakes, but the undercard deserves a hard look as well. Belmont Park shifted its stake calendar about, and turned Belmont Stakes Day into a summertime Baby Breeders’ Cup.  Most every division gets a representation with a traditional New York stakes... Read more »

2014 Belmont Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of a Champion.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This time around, there is a Triple Crown on the line with CALIFORNIA CHROME attempting to pull the triple.  And this year, the “Picks and Ponderings” joint alliance is happy to present the return of Point/Counterpoint.  For... Read more »