Archive for February 2019

2019 Fountain of Youth Preview and Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Selections

Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park is headlined by the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes. Here at Picks and Ponderings, we have a full preview of the Fountain of Youth, a race which offers a purse of $400,000 as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points (50-20-10-5) to its top four finishers. We also... Read more »

2019 Hal's Hope Stakes Preview

Racing may still be on hiatus in Chicago for another three weeks, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t following locals in big races.  This Saturday’s card at Gulfstream is anchored by the Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3), a race that marks the four-year-old debut of Illinois-bred rising star Sir Anthony. The son of Mineshaft, owned by... Read more »

2019 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview

If you’re on the road to the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks, the ante has gone up.  The next round of three-year-old preps begins on Saturday at Fair Grounds, with the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2).  Both of those races offer 50-20-10-5 points, respectively, to their top four finishers... Read more »
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2019 Sam F. Davis Stakes Day Preview

This weekend, the Derby trail visits Tampa Bay Downs — and so does Picks and Ponderings.  We visit in a sense of writing this preview of all four stakes races on Saturday’s card.  But, we also visit in a literal sense.  This half of P&P will be on the ground at Tampa Bay Downs, so make sure to follow... Read more »

2019 Holy Bull and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

This week, Picks and Ponderings stays in Hallandale Beach, and looks at a pair of three-year-old points races. Gulfstream has been a live spur of the Kentucky Derby trail in recent years, and the first of its prep series is this Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes (G2).  The race offers a $350,000 purse, as well as... Read more »