Posts in category "Breeders' Cup"

Breeders' Cup Saturday: Play or Pass

We tackled Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races withe a series of Play or Pass video previews, in which both halves of Picks and Ponderings pointed out one horse we were eager to play in each race, and one horse we would be quite happy to leave out of our tickets. Here, we do the same for... Read more »

Breeders' Cup Classic: Play or Pass

Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is one of the featured races on the American racing calendar: the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, his Travers conqueror Keen Ice, top-notch distaffer Beholder, and dual Two Thousand Guineas hero Gleneagles are among the ten horses who will face this ten-furlong test. Both halves of Picks... Read more »

Breeders' Cup Friday: Play or Pass

Friday, the Breeders’ Cup gets underway at Keeneland.  Though Keeneland has a ten-race card that day, only four races that day are Breeders’ Cup races: the Juvenile Turf, the Dirt Mile, the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the Distaff.  Those will be the focus of our first group of video previews. We tackle these races in... Read more »
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2015 Fall Stars Saturday Preview: Keeneland Mile Day

The Fall Stars (#fallstars on Twitter) weekend opens the Keeneland Fall meet. Fall Stars begins on Friday October 2 with the G1 Alcibiades and G3 Phoenix and it continues with this piece that examines the stakes quintet on Saturday October 3.  It concludes with the G3 Bourbon and G1 Spinster on Sunday October 4. Each... Read more »

2014 Breeders' Cup Saturday Preview

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that in many ways serves as horse racing’s final exam. Given that many owner and trainers many times use the Breeders’ Cup as a final race of a year or a career, we fans get one last chance to see our stars. Horse of the Year voting (on... Read more »

2014 Breeders' Cup Friday Preview

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that in many ways serves as horse racing’s final exam.  Given that many owner and trainers many times use the Breeders’ Cup as a final race of a year or a career, we fans get one last chance to see our stars. Horse of the Year voting (on... Read more »
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2014 Fall Stars Sunday: the Bourbon and the Spinster

Keeneland’s Fall Stars weekend stars with two graded stakes races on Friday, and reaches its crescendo with five graded stakes (including the Shadwell Turf Mile (GI)) on Saturday.  The opening weekend of the meet draws to a close on Sunday afternoon with two more graded stakes races.  The two-year-old turf runners get their day in... Read more »

2014 Keeneland Mile Day Stakes Preview

The Fall Stars (#fallstars on twitter) weekend begins on Friday October 3 with the G1 Alcibiades and G3 Phoenix. And it continues with this piece that examines the stakes quintet on Saturday October 4.  It concludes with the G3 Bourbon and G1 Spinster on Sunday October 5. Each of the races previewed, just like yesterday’s... Read more »

2014 Alcibiades and Phoenix Stakes Preview

The crisp fall wind is in the air, and with that comes the beginning of the October meet at Keeneland.  After running races on the polytrack since 2006, this summer saw Keeneland remove the synthetic surface, and revert to dirt racing on its main track.  Friday’s races mark the first on the new dirt track. ... Read more »
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2014 Belmont Super Saturday Preview

The last leg of this week’s road trips for Picks and Ponderings take us to Belmont.  After a visit to Churchill for Homecoming Stakes day, and then a visit to Santa Anita for the big day of Breeders’ Cup preps there, we go back east to look at the stakes races at Belmont.  Four of... Read more »