Category: Del Mar

San Luis Rey Fire Relief

Here in Chicago, we’re lucky.  As I gaze out over Hawthorne this morning, the only smoke I see comes from the stacks in Stickney, a few puffs here and there.  Contained.  Dissolving.  Gone in seconds.  Otherwise, the air is clear and cold. In California, they’re not so lucky. Rails, fences, and barn walls may make... Read more »

2017 Breeders' Cup Saturday Preview

Welcome to Day Two of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup!  Picks and Ponderings previewed Friday’s four Breeders’ Cup races in a separate piece.  Here, we look at Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup races, headlined by Arrogate’s attempt to join Tiznow among two-time winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The day features several links to the local circuit — many... Read more »

2017 Breeders' Cup Friday Preview

It’s that time of the year once more: the best horses in the world have descended on one place to settle their scores in the Breeders’ Cup.  For the first time, it takes place at beautiful Del Mar.  Also for the first time, Picks and Ponderings is there, so make sure to follow us on Twitter... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: July 20-23, 2017

Standout Performances In Thursday’s third race, Smoke ‘n’ Gloat (Smoke Glacken – Lake in the Sky, by Out of Place) returned to make his first start since winning the Springfield Stakes, this time running against open three-year-old N1X/75K allowance-optional company. The Scott Becker trainee entered the race three-for-three this year…and left it four-for-four, justifying his... Read more »

2016 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Del Mar features three graded stakes events.  Among them are two Grade I races, and two Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races.  The Del Mar summer meet’s signature race, the Pacific Classic (GI), holds both of those designations.  Not only does the race feature a Win and You’re In berth to... Read more »

2015 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

The Breeders’ Cup prep season gets intense this weekend.  Saturday’s card at Del Mar features three graded stakes races, all of which are Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In.  The marquee race, the Pacific Classic (GI), awards its winner with a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  A ticket to the Turf awaits the winner... Read more »

2015 Bing Crosby Stakes & CCA Oaks Preview

On the East Coast, Saratoga is the August place to be. On the West Coast, it’s Del Mar.  Both these destination meets serve as the focus of weekend coverage for the last weekend of July at Picks and Ponderings.  They may each be the August Places to Be, but to horseplayers they are the one... Read more »

2014 Handicapping Feast: Hollywood Derby Day

If you’ve been following along during Picks & Ponderings‘s three-day Thanksgiving Weekend Handicapping Feast, you’ll notice that we’ve covered Thursday and Friday stakes races that have led up to the multi-stakes programs slated for Saturday.  And the feast continues.  Nicolle covers the program from New York headed by the Cigar Mile.  Not to be outdone,... Read more »

2014 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast 2: Clark, Go For Wand, Seabiscuit

Black Friday.  The Day After Thanksgiving.  Seems every store in the world has a sale this day, with doorbusters and campaigns and all kinds of charms to curry people to shop and spend money before Christmas.  Yet for those more keen on racing action, this weekend continues to feature quality post-Breeders Cup racing.  There are... Read more »

2014 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast 1: Fall Highweight & Hollywood Turf Cup

We at Picks & Ponderings wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  But it is worth noting that Thankgiving in the racing world is a high water day.  It serves as the (traditional) opening of the Fair Grounds, a New Orleans-based oval.  It serves as the start of HolidayFest, a series of graded stakes from Aqueduct.  Churchill... Read more »