Archive for September 2014

2014 Belmont Super Saturday Preview

The last leg of this week’s road trips for Picks and Ponderings take us to Belmont.  After a visit to Churchill for Homecoming Stakes day, and then a visit to Santa Anita for the big day of Breeders’ Cup preps there, we go back east to look at the stakes races at Belmont.  Four of... Read more »

2014 Awesome Again Day Stakes Preview

While this is the closing weekend of the Arlington International meet, the Chicago circuit is in the midst of an eight week period where not a single stakes race will be contested. Even though the venues switch after this weekend from Arlington to Hawthorne, the Picks and Ponderings duo will also switch to Hawthorne. Moreover,... Read more »

2014 Homecoming Classic and Jefferson Cup Preview

Picks and Ponderings is taking three separate road trips this week.  Our journeys to Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park for the big weekend of Breeders’ Cup preps will both be figurative in nature. In a deviation from normal, though, the road trip to Churchill Downs will be quite literal.  This half of Picks and... Read more »
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September 20: Full-Card Arlington Picks and Analysis

The Arlington racing season is winding down.  The Illinois Owners Stakes, a frequent fixture this time of year, is not to be.  However, the season is not over yet: racing continues through Sunday, September 28.  There is still a full card of racing at Arlington today, and Picks and Ponderings is there.  Maidens take the... Read more »

2014 Pennsylvania Derby Day Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings takes a figurative road trip to the City of Brotherly Love.  Saturday, September 20 marks the biggest day on the Parx Racing calendar: Pennsylvania Derby Day.  Three-year-old horses take much of the spotlight, with all three graded events restricted to sophomores.  The stakes schedule is rounded out by the Alphabet... Read more »

Pucker Up Stakes: Drayden Van Dyke Strolls To First Graded Victory On Sistas Stroll

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Jockey Drayden Van Dyke first won a race less than a year ago, closing from far back to get Money Clip home in a maiden special weight at Hollywood Park on November 21 of last year.  Money Clip was trained by Tom Proctor, for whom Van Dyke had worked mucking stalls and... Read more »
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2014 Woodbine Mile Day Stakes Preview

This Sunday, we meander along to the Great White North for a trio of graded stakes at Woodbine.  The card features a little bit of home shipped up to Ontario, as two Illinois-bred horses race in these stakes.  La Tia makes her fourth appearance at Woodbine, to race in the Canadian Stakes.  She has two... Read more »

2014 Pucker Up Stakes Preview

Also this week, be sure to check out Nicolle’s Preview of Woodbine Mile Day. Wander around Chicago and its suburbs long enough and you’ll find something with the namesake of Dan and Ada Rice. The mash-up of their first names is sometimes used as well, Danada. The Rices donated to a number of philanthropic causes,... Read more »

On The Move

Those who follow my personal account on social media will notice that I made references to “top secret projects” and “cones of silence”.  That I disappeared on Travers Day, for example.  And while some people already know what is in the paragraphs below, the goal of what’s below is to present it on a public... Read more »
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2014 Arlington-Washington Futurity Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Of all the stakes races run at Arlington throughout the summer, only two cater to the younger set.  Both of them took place today: the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, and the listed Arlington-Washington Lassie.  The track was busier than usual thanks to the always-popular Taste at the Track event, but there were... Read more »