Category: horse racing

2020 Belmont Stakes Preview

Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Triple Crown has gone…a little topsy-turvy.  The Belmont Stakes, usually the last race of the three, is the first this year.  Usually the longest race of the series, it’s now the shortest: just a mile and an eighth. The race drew a field of 10 to contest for a... Read more »

2020 Pegasus World Cup Turf Preview and Saturday Gulfstream Selections

Saturday, Gulfstream Park features its flagship race day: Pegasus World Cup Day.  The race card features seven stakes races, including a pair of seven-figure Grade 1 races, showcasing many of the older horse divisions before the Derby trail takes center stage. Here at Picks and Ponderings, I will preview the second running of the Pegasus... Read more »

2020 Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This week the Derby and Oaks trails wind through New Orleans.  For the Oaks-bound, Saturday’s card features the $150,000 Silverbulletday stakes at a mile and seventy yards on dirt. One race later, Louisiana’s spur of the Derby trail begins with the Lecomte Stakes (G3), a $200,000 race which has been extended to a mile and... Read more »

Mind Your Own Biz wires the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile

STICKNEY, IL — Illinois two-year-olds got a second chance for stakes success December 21 at Hawthorne, with the Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile Stakes.  The talking horse leading into the race was Mind Your Own Biz, a gate-to-wire winner at Hawthorne last month, and he ran to the expectations once again. Though Mind Your Own Biz... Read more »

2019 Jim Edgar Illinois Juvenile Stakes Preview

Surprise!  The Pat Whitworth wasn’t the end of the stakes season at Hawthorne, after all! Though the two-turn Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity did not fill up and was not run, Illinois-registered two-year-olds are getting another chance to race in stakes company.  Hawthorne added a $50,000 sprint stakes, opened to Illinois-registered two-year-olds of any sex, going... Read more »

Cowgirl Kimmie Carries Carlos Ulloa, Fernando Bahena To First Career Stakes Wins in the Pat Whitworth

Cowgirl Kimmie Carries Carlos Ulloa, Fernando Bahena To First Career Stakes Wins in the Pat Whitworth
STICKNEY, IL — Illinois-registered two-year-old fillies took the spotlight in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Friday afternoon at Hawthorne.  Cowgirl Kimmie led every step of the way, propelling both her trainer Fernando Bahena and her jockey Carlos Ulloa to the first stakes victories of their career. Despite being lightly bumped by Summer Day, who broke... Read more »

2019 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Preview

The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante was instilled in 1983 as the Illinois’ Breeders’ Debutante, has carried the name of the name of longtime Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) board member Pat Whitworth (1936-2011) since 2003. Looking back across the history of the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, a trio of winners have gone on to... Read more »

2019 Steel Valley Sprint Preview

This week, Picks and Ponderings takes a (figurative) road trip to a place we’ve never visited before: Youngstown, Ohio.  The Steel Valley Sprint, the flagship race of the meet at Mahoning Valley Race Course, anchors Monday’s card.  It’s a six-furlong dirt race for three-year-olds, with a purse of $250,000, the biggest purse of the winter... Read more »

Devileye Returns to Top Form in the Lightning Jet Handicap

Devileye Returns to Top Form in the Lightning Jet Handicap
STICKNEY, IL — Devileye made it look easy down the lane Saturday evening in the Lightning Jet Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course, cruising up the rail and opening up to a two-and-a-half-length victory in a field of seven Illinois-registered colts and geldings. However, according to Devileye’s trainer Michele Boyce, the rest of the year hasn’t... Read more »

Jean Elizabeth Wins the Battle of the Greys in the Powerless Handicap

STICKNEY, IL — Horse racing offers few more striking sights than two grey horses battling down the lane. Friday evening at Hawthorne, racegoers got even more than that: two greys, both seasoned stakes mainstays, dueling stride for stride, virtually gate to wire.  At the wire only a neck separated the pair, with 7/10 favorite Jean... Read more »