Posts in category "Del Mar"

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 »

Aqueduct and Laurel and Del Mar, Oh My!

  This week, Picks and Ponderings travels all over the place…figuratively speaking, anyway.  We started at home with Paul’s preview of the Bucks’s Boy and the Illini Princess, the first stakes races on the Hawthorne calendar this fall, and the only Hawthorne stakes on the grass.  Paul continued with a trip to Churchill for a... Read more »

2014 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

Once again, Arlington Park does not have a weekend stakes scheduled.  That leaves the “Picks & Ponderings” team to once again hit the road, and we’re on another three-day weekend trip.  Here’s the line-up, with pieces, authors, and their corresponding links to be added once handicapping materials are available. Friday Aug. 22: Personal Ensign Stakes... Read more »

Lead Pony Challenge Saturday Picks (Round of 16)

For the ChicagoNow readers, here’s what The Author is selecting in the Lead Pony Challenge. Details are given in the post “Odds and Ends”.  The contest uses $20 mythical Win, Place, Show wagers for scoring.  A primary and an alternate selection are used, ponderings are only offered for the primary selection. Saratoga Race 7: The... Read more »