Category: Belmont Park

2018 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

Just five weeks remain until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.  Most of the contenders are planning for their final preps, and top prospects on both coasts will make their final tune-ups this weekend at Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont, a Win... Read more »

2018 Belmont Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

For the first time since American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, there’s a Triple Crown on the line.  Once again, that Triple Crown prospect hails from the barn of Bob Baffert, drawing comparisons to American Pharoah.  He comes into the Belmont undefeated, inspiring Seattle Slew references from his most steadfast boosters and Smarty... Read more »

2018 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Belmont Thursday-Friday Stakes Selections

Though the top racing story leading into the weekend is Justify’s bid for a Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival ensures that it is not the only one worth following.  With top-class stakes races across all ages and divisions, the weekend has established itself as American racing’s top midyear showcase, and the action begins... Read more »
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2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

With five weeks until the Breeders’ Cup, many of the marquee prospects for our sport’s biggest weekend have penciled in their final prep races for this weekend.  Thanks to that, Saturday’s cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita are chock full of graded stakes. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic... Read more »

2017 Belmont Stakes Point/Counterpoint and Saturday Belmont Park Stakes Selections

We’ve reached the Belmont Stakes.  The Test of the Champion, the third jewel of our Triple Crown, drew a competitive field of twelve to compete for a $1,500,000.  There’s no Triple Crown on the line — but no shortage of glory on the line, and an opportunity to end the first half of the three-year-old... Read more »

2017 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Friday Stakes Selections

Over the last few years, Belmont Stakes weekend has established itself as American racing’s midyear showcase.  With top-class stakes races across all ages and divisions, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival demands the attention of the racing world whether or not there is a Triple Crown at stake. Picks and Ponderings will tackle both Friday and... Read more »
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2017 Elusive Quality Stakes Preview

Sorry, fans of the Big A.  The spring meet on the outer course has drawn to a close, and this weekend New York racing resumes ten miles northeast, at Belmont Park. Anchoring Saturday’s card there is the Elusive Quality Stakes, a $150,000 event challenging older horses to run a distance and configuration rare at North... Read more »

2016 Rodeo Drive Stakes Preview, Plus Stakes Picks from Santa Anita and Belmont

We are just five weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup, scheduled for November 4-5 at Santa Anita.  This weekend’s schedule features a bounty of high-class races on both coasts that some of the premier contenders will use as their final tune-up. Santa Anita’s Saturday card features five graded stakes races: all Grade I races, and... Read more »

2016 Belmont Derby Preview

This piece is jointly submitted for Thorofan’s Handicapper’s Corner. Originally, this race was known as the Jamaica Handicap and named for the Jamaica Queens neighborhood of New York City and also paying homage to Jamaica Racetrack, the Jamaica was a dirt race until the early 1990s and earned a Grade One prefix in 2009.  In... Read more »
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2016 Met Mile Preview and Saturday Belmont Park Stakes Selections

Here at Picks and Ponderings, we turn our attention to stakes races at a pair of tracks: Belmont and Arlington. Our Belmont coverage starts on Friday, though, with our New York Stakes preview and Friday selections.  It continues Saturday.  This preview will focus on Saturday’s Met Mile — and the bottom of the page contains... Read more »