Posts in category "Gulfstream Park"

2015 Summit of Speed Preview

Once upon a time, when Gulfstream Park West was called Calder, the Summit of Speed was their Big Race Weekend: a sprint showcase Early last summer, the race dates squabble between Calder and Gulfstream was finally coming to a close, but too late for the Summit of Speed to be transferred to Gulfstream in its... Read more »

2015 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

This weekend, the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the Road to the Kentucky Oaks gets even more serious.  After a winter full of ten-point races and fifty-point races, the stakes get even higher.   Over the course of the weekend, five 100-point races take place: three for open company pointing toward the Derby, and... Read more »

2015 Herecomesthebride Stakes Preview

Once again, the three-year-olds remain in the spotlight for this week’s races at Picks & Ponderings.  Yet, it’s a fillies-only weekend of coverage this weekend.  The only race yielding Kentucky Oaks qualifying points is the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes (previewed by Nicolle Neulist).  This space goes to the opposite coast for its preview, for... Read more »

2015 Fountain of Youth & Davona Dale Stakes Preview

Juan Ponce de Leon searched through what is present-day Florida to find (as legend goes) the Fountain of Youth in the sixteenth century.  Picks and Ponderings has found that Fountain of Youth in the here and now. Such fountain is located in Hallandale Beach, Florida at a racetrack.  Gulfstream Park once again is the basis... Read more »

2015 Donn Handicap & Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Preview

Two weeks ago, the Picks & Ponderings Winter Tour stopped at Gulfstream for a look at Holy Bull Day.  This week, the Tour makes a return trip to Gulfstream Park.  While the track cards six stakes this Saturday, four of which are graded, the focus of this piece is only on two of them.  Those... Read more »

2015 Holy Bull Day Stakes Preview

More than other group, the three-year-olds get the ink and the stories most times in racing.  Whether they’re chasing that Kentucky Derby prize or are a late-developing Breeders’ Cup type, the progress of three-year-olds is scrutinized and dissected most in racing and turf writing circles.  This week, Picks and Ponderings contributes some ink (well, the... Read more »

2014 McKnight Handicap Day Stakes Preview

On the 26th of December, Santa Anita opens for its meeting with its traditional opening day feature of the G1 Malibu Stakes. And Nicolle breaks down the three graded stakes on the Friday Santa Anita program. With the opening of Santa Anita, it’s the start (if not already in earnest) of the winter racing season... Read more »

2014 Sugar Swirl Stakes Preview

This week features the last two stakes of the year in Chicago, the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity and Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for Illinois-bred juveniles. This week also features a seminal Grade One for frosh fillies, the Starlet Stakes (formerly Hollywood Starlet) from Los Alamitos. And for the second straight week, Picks & Ponderings also... Read more »

2014 Claiming Crown Day Preview

We at Picks & Ponderings often focus our time and energies on stakes races in these handicapping previews. (We didn’t forget about you again, Hawthorne. We have a preview of this week’s Hawthorne Illinois-bred features, too.) Yet, when full card selections are done, claiming races are covered as well.  For an explanation of a claiming... Read more »

Racing Dudes Challenge 2

Two weeks ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »