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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 »

2015 Diana and Sanford Stakes Preview

We are up to the point in the summer when the Big Summer Destination Meets are getting underway.  Last weekend, Del Mar got off and running.  This Friday, Saratoga opens.  Saturday’s card at the Spa features the first Grade I of the meet, the Diana Stakes .  That race, for turf route fillies and mares,... Read more »

Michael Tomlinson returns to the Arlington winners' circle with Midnight Cello

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — “It feels great to be back,” said trainer Michael Tomlinson after MIDNIGHT CELLO won today’s Grade III Hanshin Cup. It had been nine years since trainer Tomlinson had won a stakes at Arlington Park.  Casino Evil, the one-eyed colt with the tongue-in-cheek name, won the listed Round Table Stakes at Arlington in... Read more »
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2015 Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks Preview

This Saturday night, Indiana Grand has its flagship night of racing.  The card features its only two graded stakes races of the meet: the Indiana Oaks (GII) and the Indiana Derby (GII).  Both races were inaugurated in 1995 at Hoosier Park, and moved to Indiana Grand in 2013 when owners Centaur Gaming centralized thoroughbred and... Read more »

2015 Hanshin Cup Preview

This weekend, Picks & Ponderings stays in the Midwest for a majority of its previews.  Among this week’s pieces is a detailed look below at Arlington’s G3 Hanshin Cup.  The weekend also features a look at action from Indiana Downs with Nicolle Neulist tackling their sophomore features – the G2 Indiana Derby and G2 Indiana Oaks. ... Read more »

2015 Delaware Handicap Preview

This weekend, Picks & Ponderings stays in the Midwest for a majority of its previews.  Among this week’s pieces is a detailed look below at Delaware Park’s G1 Delaware Handicap.  The weekend also features a look at action from Indiana Downs with Nicolle Neulist tackling their sophomore features – the G2 Indiana Derby and G2 Indiana... Read more »
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2015 Arlington Million Preview Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Arlington International – and fans by extension – call it Million Preview Day.  It’s a mid-July card with four stakes each functioning as the local prepatory races to the marquee features of the Arlington International meet – the Arlington Million Festival of Racing.  Each of the stakes was contested on the turf,... Read more »

2015 Million Preview Day Full-Card Selections and Analysis

This is an edited version of a post originally available at Danonymous Racing.  This will be updated for scratches, should any occur. Saturday at Arlington is Million Preview Day: the first of the graded stakes on the season, and the first card to draw a throng of shippers to the northwest suburban oval.  The card... Read more »

2015 Arlington Million Preview Day Stakes Preview

Saturday July 11 features one of the best programs of the entire Arlington International season, Arlington Million Preview Day.  It features four G3 stakes races, each with a purse of $100,000 on the grass course that serve as local steppingstones to races like the Arlington Million and Secretariat on the Arlington International Festival of Racing... Read more »
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2015 Stars and Stripes Stakes Preview

The Stars and Stripes Stakes will be run for the 84th time in 2015.   Currently, the race serves as the local prep for the American St. Leger Stakes (GIII).  Last year was the first year that the Stars and Stripes produced an American St. Leger winner; Illinois-bred THE PIZZA MAN swept both races last year. ... Read more »