Category: Belmont Park

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 »

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 »

2016 Belmont Stakes Preview

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of a Champion.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This time around, there is no Triple Crown on the line after EXAGGERATOR turned the tables on Nyquist in the Preakness Stakes.  While Nyquist had an elevated white blood cell count and is passing this race, EXAGGERATOR... Read more »

2016 New York Stakes Preview and Friday Belmont Park Stakes Selections

Belmont Park has moved to a Big Day Model in recent years, and no weekend is bigger than this weekend.  Saturday’s Belmont Stakes Day card may be the biggest of the year, but Friday’s card garners heavy attention as well.  This year, Friday’s card features six stakes races.  This piece provides in-depth analysis of the... Read more »

2016 Pennine Ridge Stakes Preview

The theme of this week at Picks and Ponderings is three-year-olds. Paul stays home while I go east.  Paul will preview the three-year-old state-bred stakes at Arlington this Saturday: the Purple Violet for fillies.  I will preview a Grade III turf race for the sophomore set.  This preview focuses on the Pennine Ridge Stakes at... Read more »

2016 Man o' War and Peter Pan Stakes Preview

Though some may still be catching their breath from the Derby, the racing world moves on, and so do we here at Picks and Ponderings. This weekend, we visit Belmont Park for a pair of graded stakes at Belmont Park: the Grade I Man o’ War for the older turf route set, as well as... Read more »

2015 Knickerbocker Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings goes nine furlongs on the grass.  We previewed Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (GI), a nine-furlong turf race for sophomore fillies at Keeneland.  Here, we continue with that theme, but catch up with the older males at Belmont in the Knickerbocker Stakes (GIII). This race takes its name from... Read more »

2015 Jockey Club Gold Cup Preview

Though Picks and Ponderings is devoting most of its space this weekend to Fall Stars at Keeneland, as there are graded stakes there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  However, we take one detour this weekend.  Absent from the plethora of Breeders’ Cup preps in Lexington is a race for the handicap division.  That set, instead,... Read more »