Archive for January 2018

2018 Holy Bull S. and Forward Gal S. Preview

Last weekend, the three-year-old prep season took a one-week break.  Focus instead shifted to the older horses, as Gun Runner showed in the Pegasus World Cup why allowing a sound horse to stay in training through age five can be downright magical.  We’re back to reality this week: Gun Runner has taken up residence at... Read more »

2018 Pegasus World Cup Preview

This weekend, Gulfstream reprises the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup.  Though Picks and Ponderings focuses mainly on three-year-old preps until the Chicago racing season resumes, this $16 million race for older horses has the attention of the racing world, and it has ours.  Our preview features horse-by-horse commentary, as well as our customary... Read more »

2018 Busanda Stakes Preview

This year marks the 45th running of the Busanda Stakes. The races’s namesake was a mare who excelled both on the track and in the breeding shed.  A 1947 daughter of Triple Crown winner War Admiral, bred by Ogden Phipps, her female line was just as regal.  Busanda was out of the mare Businesslike, who herself was... Read more »
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2018 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The Smarty Jones is a one-mile dirt race, the first in a series of Kentucky Derby preps over the Hot Springs oval.  The series continues with the Southwest Stakes (G3) on February 19, the Rebel Stakes (G2) on March 17, and the Arkansas Derby (G1) on the final day of the meet, April 14.  The... Read more »

2018 Jerome Stakes Preview

Originally scheduled for January 1st, the Jerome Stakes — like much of the northeast and midwest — has been stuck in a deep freeze.  As New York will have hopefully become warm enough to safely race, the Jerome has been released from its suspended state, and scheduled for January 13.  It is one of four three-year-old... Read more »

2018 Lecomte and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This week the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail kick into major gear, and Picks and Ponderings will be there.  The weekend’s racing action features three-year-old preps at three different tracks: the Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds, the Jerome Stakes Saturday at Aqueduct, and the Smarty Jones Stakes Monday at Oaklawn Park.... Read more »
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2018 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features the first chance for the Derby-bound to get points in 2018, with the Grade 3 Sham Stakes.  Sunday, however, is all about the fillies: the day’s feature, the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes, is the first Kentucky Oaks points race of the year. As with so many stakes races... Read more »

2018 Sham Stakes Preview

Thoroughbred racing has concluded at Hawthorne, not to return until late March.  With that, Picks and Ponderings will be casting its eyes afield, focusing most strongly on the three-year-old prep season. The Jerome, originally scheduled for New Year’s Day, was supposed to be the first race on the Derby Trail this year.  However, bitter cold... Read more »