Posts in category "horse racing"

2017 Canadian International in Pictures

Friday morning, before sunrise at Woodbine.
Sunday was Canadian International Day at Woodbine.  The day’s racing action featured four graded stakes races: the Canadian International (G1) for open company at a mile and a half on grass, the E. P. Taylor (G1) for fillies going a mile and a quarter on the turf, the six-furlong Nearctic Stakes (G2) for turf sprinters,... Read more »

2017 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

For the second year in a row, Picks and Ponderings is on site at the Canadian International, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for live news and notes from Woodbine! Sunday’s card at Woodbine features four graded stakes races, anchored by the Grade 1, mile and a half Canadian International, one of Woodbine’s three flagship... Read more »

2017 Woodford Stakes Preview and Weekend Keeneland Stakes Selections

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, takes place this weekend. We will have picks for all nine graded races at Keeneland Friday through Sunday, and detailed analysis of the Woodford Stakes (G2).  The Woodford is as classy a turf sprint as you’ll see in the United States outside the Breeders’ Cup.  Particularly since... Read more »
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2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

With five weeks until the Breeders’ Cup, many of the marquee prospects for our sport’s biggest weekend have penciled in their final prep races for this weekend.  Thanks to that, Saturday’s cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita are chock full of graded stakes. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic... Read more »

CAMMACK, DADDY'S BOO Annex Closing Day Features at Arlington

On another unseasonably hot September day, the Arlington meet drew to a close.  A pair of turf mile stakes anchored the card: the Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes for  open company, and the Steve Morgan Memorial Stakes, the fillies’ and mares’ complement. In the Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes, consistent Illinois-bred gelding Cammack found his winning ways... Read more »

Arlington Closing Day - Pick 6 Carryover Sequence

If you love carryovers and turf racing, you need to play Arlington’s closing day Pick 6. The Pick 6 has a $0.20 minimum bet, and it covers the last six races (races 7-12).  Every race in the sequence is a grass race, and none drew a field smaller than eleven horses.  So, it will be... Read more »
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2017 Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes and Steve Morgan Memorial Stakes Preview

Arlington’s summer meet draws to a close on Saturday with a twelve-race card.  Set your clocks a little early if you’re planning to come out to the track; to make sure everyone crosses the wire before sunset, first post will be at 12:25pm, an hour earlier than usual.  Co-anchoring the card are two $65,000 overnight stakes... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: September 14-16, 2017

We draw ever closer to the end of the Arlington summer meet.  But, before the final weekend, let’s take a look back at last week.  Of course, Picks and Ponderings has already discussed Saturday’s pair of stakes races, the Richard Scherer Memorial (won by Puntsville) and the Jeff Lynn Memorial (won by Good Bye Greg). But,... Read more »

PUNTSVILLE, GOOD BYE GREG Win Stakes Honoring Local Trainers

Chicago horse racing lost two of its own earlier this year, trainers Richard Scherer and Jeffrey Lynn.  In their memories, Arlington ran a pair of main-track sprint stakes today: chances for the Chicago-area racing community to get together, celebrate their memories, and enjoy the sport to which both devoted so much of their lives. In both... Read more »
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2017 Jeff Lynn Memorial Stakes and Richard Scherer Memorial Stakes Preview

Arlington’s series of late-season overnight stakes continues this Saturday with a pair of $65,000 overnight stakes races named for longtime Chicago trainers who passed away this spring. The first stakes of the day, a six-furlong sprint for open company, runs in memory of Jeff Lynn.  Lynn ran his first horses in Nebraska, at Ak-Sar-Ben and Fonner,... Read more »