Posts in category "Belmont Stakes"

2014 Purple Violet Stakes Preview

The big race day of the weekend is the Belmont Stakes with its star-studded program, but the local action at Arlington Park includes a stake as well.  (For a look at Belmont Stakes Day Picks and Ponderings, check out the links given: Friday and Saturday, The Grade Ones, and the Belmont Stakes.) As with last... Read more »

2014 Belmont Stakes Day Preview Part 2

The feature on the Saturday June 7 card at Belmont Park may be the Belmont Stakes, but the undercard deserves a hard look as well. Belmont Park shifted its stake calendar about, and turned Belmont Stakes Day into a summertime Baby Breeders’ Cup.  Most every division gets a representation with a traditional New York stakes... Read more »

2014 Belmont Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of a Champion.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This time around, there is a Triple Crown on the line with CALIFORNIA CHROME attempting to pull the triple.  And this year, the “Picks and Ponderings” joint alliance is happy to present the return of Point/Counterpoint.  For... Read more »

Isaac Murphy Handicap Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — On a sunny and seasonable Saturday afternoon in the northwest suburbs, Arlington Park ran four stakes–two for Illinois-breds and two minor stakes on the grass.  They all served as an appetizer to the Belmont Stakes that followed later.  Here’s a look back. Addison Cammack Handicap: A Sweet Victory for SWEET LUCA The... Read more »

Issac Murphy Handicap Day Preview

This year at Arlington Park, the Prairie State Festival was split over three weekends with two stakes each weekend.  It’s not a new idea to split the marquee Illinois-bred stakes; Hawthorne Race Course across town did it with the Illinois Festival last fall.   The result is this week’s Picks and Ponderings is the second of... Read more »

Belmont Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of Champions.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This year, there’s no crown on the line. No horse trying for a Triple Crown. No recollections of Triple Crowns failed. No one breaking out grainy file footage of Affirmed, the last one to do back in ’78.... Read more »

Sea o'Erin: Nikki's Sandcastle Victorious

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–On a warm cloudless day at Arlington Park perfect for a day at the beach, NIKKI’S SANDCASTLE took to the green, not the sand in the $65,000 Sea o’ Erin Stakes. Sent off as the 3-1 second choice, he took the grass stakes with a good closing run at the rail. The five-year-old Castledale... Read more »

Sea O'Erin Stakes Preview

Returning to the Arlington Park stakes calendar this year is the Sea O’ Erin Stakes. When last seen on the calendar in 2009, it was raced at a mile on the grass near Labor Day. It had been a Grade 3 stakes once upon a time. This year it returns as  an overnight stakes (a... Read more »

Belmont Stakes Picks and Ponderings

(Updated, 9:30pm 6/8) The Belmont Stakes. The third jewel of the American Triple Crown. Despite the presence of a good sized field, despite the stellar undercard earlier in the day, this year’s Belmont Stakes boils down to a simple question. “Do you think I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (below) can win the Triple Crown?” It’s the question... Read more »