Posts in category "Belmont Stakes"

Voters, American Pharoah, and Dialogues

My Picks & Ponderings teammate Nicolle Neulist came out in support of Martha Claussen.  If you aren’t sure who she is, she’s the lone dissenting voter who did not select AMERICAN PHAROAH as the top all-ages horse in the recently completed NTRA poll. And it should be noted before proceeding that I’m one of the... Read more »

2015 Met Mile Preview and Belmont Stakes Day Selections

To the lament of some horseplayers, the Grade One, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap is not on Memorial Day.  Those vocal rabblerousers feel the race is marginalized with it moved to the Belmont Stakes Day undercard.  On the other hand, the presence of the Metropolitan Handicap gives the Belmont Stakes Day undercard a Baby Breeders’ Cup feel,... Read more »

2015 Belmont Stakes Point/Counterpoint

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 AMERICAN PHAROAH attempting to pull the triple.  The question that was asked last year with California Chrome will be asked again: Is he the one?... Read more »
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2015 New York Stakes Preview

This weekend, Belmont Park has its biggest racing weekend of the year.  Though most of the marquee races take place on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes, Friday’s card also has a five-pack of stakes races.  Both halves of the Picks and Ponderings team have looked at all the stakes and provide a selection grid.  Picks... Read more »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »