Archive for October 2014

2014 Breeders' Cup Saturday Preview

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that in many ways serves as horse racing’s final exam. Given that many owner and trainers many times use the Breeders’ Cup as a final race of a year or a career, we fans get one last chance to see our stars. Horse of the Year voting (on... Read more »

2014 Breeders' Cup Friday Preview

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that in many ways serves as horse racing’s final exam.  Given that many owner and trainers many times use the Breeders’ Cup as a final race of a year or a career, we fans get one last chance to see our stars. Horse of the Year voting (on... Read more »

2014 Bold Ruler and Chelsea Flower Stakes Preview

Last night, Paul went on the first half of the pre-Breeders’ Cup road trip, taking a look at the Fayette Stakes (GII) at Keeneland and the Autumn Miss Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita.  This segment of the road trip heads back east to New York for the two Saturday stakes at Belmont.  The only graded... Read more »
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2014 Fayette Stakes and Autumn Miss Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings covers four races from three different venues spread out over two pieces this week.  The other piece is Nicolle’s coverage of Saturday’s stakes, the G3 Bold Ruler and the Chelsea Flower at Belmont Park.  The four stakes and three venues give this weekend directly preceding the Breeders’ Cup a grab-bag... Read more »

2014 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

Two weeks from now, a worldwide contingent of horseflesh will descend on southern California for the Breeders’ Cup.  But the program for this week features a quartet of races that, while not with implications for two weeks from now, is still loaded with international flavor.  The card at Woodbine gets the focus this week.  One... Read more »

2014 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Preview

As the horse racing world comes down from two big weekends of Breeders’ Cup preps, only two graded contests grace the landscape this weekend.  Paul Mazur looked at the Knickerbocker Stakes (GIII), a nine-furlong race for the older turf runners at Belmont.  Keeneland offers a nine-furlong grass test as well, but this one is restricted... Read more »
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2014 Knickerbocker Stakes Preview

Last week featured a three-day program full of stakes races. This week, with a much thinner graded stakes calendar, the Picks & Ponderings duo will tackle only two races this week.  Each race is at a different venue, so we’re splitting it into two pieces.  Nicolle tackles the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup... Read more »

2014 Fall Stars Sunday: the Bourbon and the Spinster

Keeneland’s Fall Stars weekend stars with two graded stakes races on Friday, and reaches its crescendo with five graded stakes (including the Shadwell Turf Mile (GI)) on Saturday.  The opening weekend of the meet draws to a close on Sunday afternoon with two more graded stakes races.  The two-year-old turf runners get their day in... Read more »

2014 Keeneland Mile Day Stakes Preview

The Fall Stars (#fallstars on twitter) weekend begins on Friday October 3 with the G1 Alcibiades and G3 Phoenix. And it continues with this piece that examines the stakes quintet on Saturday October 4.  It concludes with the G3 Bourbon and G1 Spinster on Sunday October 5. Each of the races previewed, just like yesterday’s... Read more »
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2014 Alcibiades and Phoenix Stakes Preview

The crisp fall wind is in the air, and with that comes the beginning of the October meet at Keeneland.  After running races on the polytrack since 2006, this summer saw Keeneland remove the synthetic surface, and revert to dirt racing on its main track.  Friday’s races mark the first on the new dirt track. ... Read more »