Archive for December 2015

2016 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

January 1st serves as a universal birthday for all northern hemisphere race horses.  Regardless of foal date, everyone gets a year older.  And with that, the sophomores of 2015 now become four-year-olds thrust into open company.  Additionally the juveniles become three-year-olds as well.  Those three-year-olds are the focus of this week’s races at Picks &... Read more »

2016 Jerome Stakes Preview

To ring in the new year, Picks and Ponderings takes on the first three-year-old preps for which the horses are actually (or, at least in the eyes of the Jockey Club…) three years old. Here, we look at the first Derby points race of the year, the Grade III Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Be sure,... Read more »

Hawthorne Selections and Analysis: 12.26.15

Winter has still not quite come to Hawthorne yet, though it is inching close.  Gone are the sixty-degree days…though temperatures in the forties are still rather warm for 35th and Cicero this time of year.  After a week off for Christmas, Hawthorne has a full card of nine races on Saturday, including a four-pack of... Read more »
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2015 Malibu Day Stakes Preview

On Saturday, December 26, racing resumes at Santa Anita.  The opening card for the winter meet at the Great Race Place features four graded stakes races, with three of them final chances for sophomores to notch a big win against their own age group.  The card features a pair of Grade I events, both seven-furlong... Read more »

2015 Los Alamitos Futurity Preview

[Author’s note: For the past two months I’ve been absent from race previews and recaps on account of hand injuries suffered from an October car accident.  As I’m now recovered I’ll be back in action.  Feedback during the time with the video previews was less than favorable, and we at Picks & Ponderings responded as... Read more »

2015 Mr. Prospector Stakes Preview

The stakes season may be over at Hawthorne, but Picks and Ponderings stays with you through the winter.  This weekend’s racing only features a pair of graded stakes, but we take you through them both.  This preview flies south for the weekend, focusing on the Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes for older sprinters at Gulfstream. ... Read more »
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Richie the Bull Charges to Victory in the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity

STICKNEY/CICERO — In 2013, Larry Rivelli trainee Rambling Richie won the Jim Edgar Futurity by a length and a half. Last year, Rivelli returned to the race with Dom the Bomb.  He stalked the pace, took over, and got home five and a quarter decisive lengths in front. This year, Larry Rivelli tried to make... Read more »

2015 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity Preview

This week, the stakes portion of the fall Hawthorne meet draws to a close with the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, a two-turn dirt stakes for Illinois-bred juvenile males.  That race, which drew a field of seven to contend for a $50,000 guaranteed purse, makes the focus of this stakes preview.  Both of us discuss the... Read more »

2015 Rampart Stakes Preview

Hawthorne Gold Cup weekend is over, Claiming Crown weekend is over, and horse racing gets a bit lower key until Santa Anita starts up at the end of the month.  However, Picks and Ponderings remains ever engaged, and we come to you with a grab bag of stakes from all over the country. On the... Read more »
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2015 Starlet Stakes Preview

This week, racing catches its breath a bit after Thanksgiving weekend and the Claiming Crown.  Still, there is action, and Picks and Ponderings is there.  Saturday’s card features the final stakes race of the Hawthorne meet: the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity for two-year-old colts and geldings, which both halves of Picks and Ponderings previews jointly. ... Read more »