Archive for January 2017

Point/Counterpoint: Pegasus World Cup

This weekend, Gulfstream features the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup. Though this year’s race is the first running of the Pegasus World Cup, it starts as a Grade I by virtue of inheriting its grade from Gulfstream Park’s previous top-level dirt route for older horses: the Donn Handicap (G1).  In recent... Read more »

GUEST SUITE, FARRELL Splash Farther Down the Road to Kentucky

NEW ORLEANS — For all the rain that was predicted this afternoon in the Big Easy, the skies only opened up again through the final three races.  However, the rain remained a theme: storms through the morning had left the track wet all day long, and the turf soft. The day’s anchor was the pair... Read more »

2017 Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This weekend, the New Orleans spurs of the Derby trail and the Oaks trail get underway: Saturday’s card at Fair Grounds features six stakes races, including the Lecomte (GIII) for open company and the Silverbulletday for fillies.  With it being the off-season for racing in Chicago, this will be more than just a proverbial road... Read more »
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2017 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The Kentucky Derby trail has five major branches: Southern California, Florida, New York, New Orleans, and Arkansas.  Three of those branches have run their first prep races of the season.  New Orleans has their prep next week.   This piece makes the first visit of the year to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  On Monday... Read more »

2017 Busanda Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings focuses on the three-year-old points races.  Paul Mazur flies south to Hot Springs for a look at early-stage Derby dreamers in Oaklawn Park’s Smarty Jones Stakes. This piece, on the other hand, focuses on the fillies.  Sunday at Aqueduct, five sophomore fillies will line up for their share of a... Read more »

2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday, the Kentucky Derby dreamers had their day at Santa Anita in the Sham Stakes.  Sunday belongs to the fillies, in the 66th running of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. As with so many stakes races at Santa Anita, this race takes its name from a place on the map.  Santa Ynez, California, a... Read more »
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2017 Sham Stakes Day Preview

Although the $200,000 G2 San Gabriel Stakes is the purse feature of this weekend’s action, the focus of the thoroughbred world turns to the glamour division: three-year-olds.  There’s an up-to-the-nanosecond Kentucky Derby countdown somewhere and a future pool some place that allow you to get in the mood for those Finest Two Minutes. So this... Read more »