Posts in category "Breeders' Cup"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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2014 Awesome Again Day Stakes Preview

While this is the closing weekend of the Arlington International meet, the Chicago circuit is in the midst of an eight week period where not a single stakes race will be contested. Even though the venues switch after this weekend from Arlington to Hawthorne, the Picks and Ponderings duo will also switch to Hawthorne. Moreover,... Read more »

2014 Homecoming Classic and Jefferson Cup Preview

Picks and Ponderings is taking three separate road trips this week.  Our journeys to Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park for the big weekend of Breeders’ Cup preps will both be figurative in nature. In a deviation from normal, though, the road trip to Churchill Downs will be quite literal.  This half of Picks and... Read more »

Mavericking Best in Buck's Boy Handicap

STICKNEY/CICERO – - Contested concurrently with the Breeders’ Cup Saturday program, the $100,000 Buck’s Boy Handicap was originally carded for the grass course but was taken off the grass following mid-week rains.  An original field of ten scratched down to five, and from the rail out they were FEAR THE KITTEN, LUV BANDIT, DAD ARE... Read more »
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Breeders' Cup 2013 Saturday Picks and Ponderings

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event that in many ways serves as horse racing’s final exam. Given that many owners/trainers sometimes (but not always) use the Breeders’ Cup as a final race, we get one last chance to see our stars before retirement. Typically, campaigns may end for the year in this spot. Horse... Read more »
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