Archive for October 2016

2016 Fayette Stakes Preview

The Breeders’ Cup pre-entries may be out, but don’t get too far ahead of yourself: Keeneland is still going on, after all, and Picks and Ponderings is hitting the road to Lexington. The Keeneland fall meet draws to a close on Saturday, and that card features the final graded stakes race of the meet: the... Read more »

2016 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade II Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade III status in 2002, and gained its current Grade II designation in 2006. The race takes its... Read more »

ERUPT, AL'S GAL Upset the Woodbine Features

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — All week, the weather reports threatened rain.  All morning, the skies were grey.  Intermittent rain fell, and puddles dotted the grounds at Woodbine. Through the afternoon, the storms continued to avoid Woodbine Racecourse.  Lovers of firm turf, shippers who came to North America for better ground, got exactly what they wanted.... Read more »
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A Quietly Special Morning at Woodbine

In most corners of the Woodbine backside, it’s a normal Sunday morning. Horses are getting tacked up and going out to train. Old warriors stroll confidently there. Ponies calm the nervous. The horses come back from their exercise, get bathed, walked, brushed. They go out into the yard for a few bites of grass, or... Read more »

2016 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

Once again, Picks and Ponderings hits the road this weekend.  Once again, that road trip takes us north of the border. This piece previews the four stakes on Sunday’s Canadian International Day card at Woodbine.  The day’s feature, the Canadian International, features Illinois-bred THE PIZZA MAN, winner of the local prep, the Northern Dancer (GI... Read more »

2016 Fall Stars: Sunday

Opening weekend at Keeneland concludes on Sunday with two more graded stakes races, both of which offer Win and You’re In berths for the Breeders’ Cup.  The Grade III Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, which offers a berth to the Juvenile Turf, drew an eclectic overflow field of fourteen plus two also-eligible entrants.  The Grade I Spinster... Read more »
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2016 Fall Stars: Woodford Stakes Preview, and Saturday Picks

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, continues on Saturday.  We previewed Friday’s pair of graded stakes in a separate piece.  Here we move on to the meet’s second day, which features five graded stakes races replete with horses aspiring to go to the Breeders’ Cup. We will have picks for all... Read more »

2016 Fall Stars: Friday

The fall meet at Keeneland opens this Friday, and the cards are full of classy racing and final tune-ups for the Breeders’ Cup.  Picks and Ponderings will feature selections for the graded stakes races at Keeneland here for Friday, and in separate pieces for Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s opening day card at Keeneland features a... Read more »