Category: Keeneland

2016 Fayette Stakes Preview

The Breeders’ Cup pre-entries may be out, but don’t get too far ahead of yourself: Keeneland is still going on, after all, and Picks and Ponderings is hitting the road to Lexington. The Keeneland fall meet draws to a close on Saturday, and that card features the final graded stakes race of the meet: the... Read more »

2016 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade II 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 III status in 2002, and gained its current Grade II designation in 2006. The race takes its... Read more »

2016 Fall Stars: Sunday

Opening weekend at Keeneland concludes on Sunday with two more graded stakes races, both of which offer Win and You’re In berths for the Breeders’ Cup.  The Grade III Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, which offers a berth to the Juvenile Turf, drew an eclectic overflow field of fourteen plus two also-eligible entrants.  The Grade I Spinster... Read more »
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2016 Fall Stars: Woodford Stakes Preview, and Saturday Picks

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, continues on Saturday.  We previewed Friday’s pair of graded stakes in a separate piece.  Here we move on to the meet’s second day, which features five graded stakes races replete with horses aspiring to go to the Breeders’ Cup. We will have picks for all... Read more »

2016 Fall Stars: Friday

The fall meet at Keeneland opens this Friday, and the cards are full of classy racing and final tune-ups for the Breeders’ Cup.  Picks and Ponderings will feature selections for the graded stakes races at Keeneland here for Friday, and in separate pieces for Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s opening day card at Keeneland features a... Read more »

2016 Bewitch Stakes Preview

Last week, open company got a chance to go three turns on the Keeneland grass in the Elkhorn.  On Keeneland’s closing day (Friday, April 29), the long-winded fillies and mares get their day in the mile and a half Bewitch Stakes. This race, being run for the 55th time this year, takes its name from... Read more »
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2016 Elkhorn Stakes Preview

As it has been through the winter and spring, this weekend’s theme at Picks and Ponderings remains the number three. However, instead of three-year-old preps…this weekend features three-turn races. In another piece, Paul Mazur previews the Charles Town Classic, a three-turn, nine-furlong race over the West Virginia bullring.  This piece instead focuses on the twelve-furlong... Read more »

2016 Beaumont Stakes Preview

The Beaumont Stakes is the final three-year-old points race of the year.  Keeneland hosts one final Derby prep on Saturday, and then this final Oaks prep on Sunday.  Unlike most of the recent preps, they do not offer enough points to get their winners into the big race — but for horses on the bubble,... Read more »

2016 Lexington Stakes Preview

Any horses waiting for the last minute to qualify for the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks have found that proverbial last minute. One 100-point Derby prep — and a perennially live one, at that — remains this weekend.  Paul Mazur takes a look at that race, the Arkansas Derby (GI). Keeneland, on the other... Read more »
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2016 Blue Grass Stakes and Ashland Stakes Preview

This weekend, we reach the crescendo of the three-year-old prep season.  Four different tracks feature points races, and Picks and Ponderings makes (proverbial) visits to each. Here, we focus on the two GI three-year-old preps on Saturday of opening weekend at Keeneland, the Ashland Stakes and the Blue Grass Stakes. Paul Mazur looks east for... Read more »