Posts in category "horse racing"

2017 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The Kentucky Derby trail has five major branches: Southern California, Florida, New York, New Orleans, and Arkansas.  Three of those branches have run their first prep races of the season.  New Orleans has their prep next week.   This piece makes the first visit of the year to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  On Monday... Read more »

2017 Busanda Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings focuses on the three-year-old points races.  Paul Mazur flies south to Hot Springs for a look at early-stage Derby dreamers in Oaklawn Park’s Smarty Jones Stakes. This piece, on the other hand, focuses on the fillies.  Sunday at Aqueduct, five sophomore fillies will line up for their share of a... Read more »

2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday, the Kentucky Derby dreamers had their day at Santa Anita in the Sham Stakes.  Sunday belongs to the fillies, in the 66th running of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. As with so many stakes races at Santa Anita, this race takes its name from a place on the map.  Santa Ynez, California, a... Read more »

2017 Sham Stakes Day Preview

Although the $200,000 G2 San Gabriel Stakes is the purse feature of this weekend’s action, the focus of the thoroughbred world turns to the glamour division: three-year-olds.  There’s an up-to-the-nanosecond Kentucky Derby countdown somewhere and a future pool some place that allow you to get in the mood for those Finest Two Minutes. So this... Read more »

2016 American Oaks Day Preview

Racing happens throughout the nation on New Year’s Eve, but only one American track features graded stakes action: Santa Anita Park.  So, Picks and Ponderings ventures back to the Great Race Place to preview Saturday’s stakes action there. Sophomore turf fillies shine in the final Grade I of the year: the American Oaks, which had... Read more »

A Holiday Monday at Hawthorne

Monday is opening day at Santa Anita, and we published a graded stakes preview for The Great Race Place earlier this weekend.  However, December 26 also features horse racing in our own back yards.  Hawthorne hosts a full eight-race card, kicking off at This post features my ABCX chart for each race, grouping each horse... Read more »

2016 Malibu Stakes Day Preview

Christmas may be December 25, but many horseplayers look even more forward to the day after.  Santa Anita’s winter meet opens December 26, and four stakes races anchor the card.  Such stakes are grouped together at card’s end in an all-stakes pick four. For three-year-old dirt sprinters looking for a final Grade I against their... Read more »

Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Preview: Harlan's Holiday and More!

Chicago has gotten cold, so cold that Hawthorne skipped a day of racing on Thursday.  If you’re looking to take a vacation to warmer climes, look no further.  Picks and Ponderings takes a road trip to sunny Florida, and Gulfstream’s stakes-packed Saturday card. The Hallandale Beach oval hosts five stakes on Saturday.  We analyse them... Read more »

2016 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity Preview

Last weekend, Babybluesbdancing asserted herself among the best of the two-year-old state-bred fillies by winning the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante. This weekend, the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity gives the two-year-old males time to shine. The race was originally the Illinois Breeders’ Futurity.  Since 1999, it has taken its name from Jim Edgar, governor of Illinois... Read more »

In Different Silks, BABYBLUESBDANCING Continues a Legacy in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante

Trainer Terrel Gore trained for longtime Martin’s Super Markets CEO Robert E. Bartels, nom-de-course RNB Racing, for over twenty years.  Finding his horses on the track was easy, thanks to the neon green and purple silks.  Finding a horse he owned (or owned at one point) was never hard on paper, either: look for names... Read more »