Category: horse racing

Hawthorne Carryover Pick 5 Preview - November 23, 2018

Only one favourite won during the Pick 5 sequence at Hawthorne on Saturday — and even before Aurea Aura surprised as the second-longest shot on the board in the final race of the sequence, every single horse in the field was going to pay on just four out of five. That’s great news for anyone spending... Read more »

2018 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Clark Handicap and Mrs. Revere Stakes

The holiday weekend continues on Friday, and right here we continue our look at the graded stakes action in Louisville.  Churchill Downs’s traditional day-after-Thanksgiving feature, the Clark, gives older handicap horses one more chance for a Grade 1, and often features some three-year-olds getting used to facing older company.  This year, the field of eight horses fighting... Read more »

2018 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Cardinal Handicap and Falls City Handicap

Between the holiday and the fact that racing has had a few weeks to recuperate from the Breeders’ Cup, this weekend is the perfect weekend for serious winter stakes racing to get underway.  Friday’s Clark Handicap (G1) is the first top-level race in the United States since the Breeders’ Cup.  Here at Picks and Ponderings this... Read more »
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2018 River City Handicap Preview

As November goes on and snowstorms blow across the country, we draw near the end of the turf racing season.  However, this weekend Churchill hopes to get a little more in with the Grade 3 River City Handicap, a mile and an eighth on the grass for horses aged three and above. The River City... Read more »

2018 Commonwealth Turf Preview

The Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) is one of the last chances for three-year-old lawnmowers to compete against their own age group.  Inaugurated in 2004, it has always been run at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass, and has held a Grade 3 status since 2008. In 2010, Yankee Fourtune earned his first graded... Read more »

2018 Breeders' Cup Saturday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup action continues on Saturday.  Friday the two-year-olds take the stage, but Saturday belongs to the older horses.  The day features several links to Arlington Million Day.  This year’s Arlington Million (G1) winner Robert Bruce will attempt to get a mile and a half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the same distance that thwarted... Read more »
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2018 Breeders' Cup Friday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup takes over Churchill Downs this weekend, and Friday is all about the future stars.  With the addition of the Juvenile Turf Sprint there are now five Breeders’ Cup races restricted to two-year-old horses.  They will all be run on Friday, with the races open to older The horses all contested on Saturday. Picks... Read more »

Streamline and Cammack Make It a Day for the Durable Illinois-Breds

The older turf horse divisions in Illinois, both male and female, have been strong in recent years.  And, today’s pair of turf stakes races at Hawthorne Race Course were both won by longtime Illinois runners with deep family roots in the state.  Six-year-old Streamline, a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt who hails from a long-running... Read more »

2018 Buck's Boy Handicap and Illini Princess Handicap Preview

The stakes portion of the Hawthorne meet begins this Saturday, as Hawthorne hopes to get the pair of Illinois-bred turf stakes in before the weather turns too cold (or, too flighty) to keep them on the grass.  It looks like Mother Nature is going to cooperate, and both of the Illinois-bred turf stakes drew deep,... Read more »
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2018 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade 3 status in 2002, and gained its current Grade 2 designation in 2006. As with so many... Read more »