Posts in category "horse racing"

2016 El Camino Real Derby Preview

This week, love is in the air. Oh sure, Valentine’s Day is soon and that holiday’s obvious connotations.  But it’s also a weekend with two Kentucky Derby prep races and a chance to fall in love with a horse you can root for the in the Derby.  Whether you plunked down cash in the futures,... Read more »

2016 Robert B. Lewis and Las Virgenes Stakes Preview

The western spurs of both the Derby trail and the Oaks trail continue at Santa Anita this weekend. Derby-bound types will begin to show who really likes going a route of ground, stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII). Headlining the field for the Lewis is Bob... Read more »

2016 Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Preview

Picks & Ponderings kicks off February with a coast-to-coast examination of sophomore races and Grade One races.   Out west, Nicolle Neulist will look at the three-year-olds in the G2 Las Virgenes for fillies and the G3 Robert B. Lewis for the boys, with the races providing Oaks and Derby points, respectively.  Another chance at Oaks... Read more »

2016 Martha Washington Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Oaklawn features the second stakes of the season for three-year-old fillies: the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.  Opening day featured the six-furlong Dixie Belle, but the Martha Washington’s one-mile distance begins to bring out those fillies who may be able to stretch out for later preps, or even the nine-furlong Oaks itself. In... Read more »

Voting for 2015′s Illinois Equine Champions

Picks & Ponderings is proud to announce that it is voting once again for equine champions in Illinois. This year’s ballot explanation be a little different than in previous years, as both halves of Picks and Ponderings have cast ballots. Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number... Read more »

Locally Connected Triple Crown Nominees

Today, Churchill Downs released the list of early nominations to the Triple Crown.  The early nomination period closed with 368 nominations.  The group of nominees contains a pair of horses who raced in the Arlington-Washington Futurity this summer, as well as another pair of Illinois-bred colts: Cocked and Loaded – Trained by local mainstay Larry... Read more »

2016 Holy Bull and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

After a quiet, snowy weekend, the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail are back in full force. Gulfstream’s series of prep races gets underway on Saturday, January 30, and that pair of races will form the focus of this .  The Derby preps get underway with the Holy Bull Stakes (GII).  This race is the... Read more »

2016 Withers Stakes Preview

This week Picks and Ponderings continues its tour of the winter Derby and Oaks preps with a look at a quartet of races yielding qualification points for the Kentucky Derby  Weekend action for the final days of January is centered from Aqueduct and from Gulfstream, as Saturday’s G3 Withers and Sunday’s Busanda Stakes are previewed by... Read more »

2016 Busanda Stakes Preview

“Breed the best to the best and hope for the best.”  — Cornelius Vanderbilt (C. V.) Whitney, founding father of racing’s Hall of Fame. Busanda, perhaps, crystallizes the quote of C. V. Whitney.  She was owned by the Phipps Family and trained by Sonny Fitzsimmons and came from such regal breeding.  By War Admiral out... Read more »

2016 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The winter and spring meet at Oaklawn Park got underway on Friday.  Their road to the Kentucky Derby starts on Monday, with the Smarty Jones Stakes. The Smarty Jones is a one-mile dirt race, the first in a series of Kentucky Derby preps over the Hot Springs oval.  The series continues with the Southwest Stakes... Read more »