Category: Kentucky Derby

Your Yearly Dose of Bad Kentucky Derby Takes

Hello, my name is Paul. I used to write regularly about horse racing. I created this space here at Picks & Ponderings. It’s harder to find time to write about it now, given the demands of graduate school. And even more during Kentucky Derby week when Derby Week and your campus’s Spring Semester Final Exam Week... Read more »

2018 Kentucky Derby Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

We’ve been following the trail all the way, but now, the Kentucky Derby is finally here.  The field is drawn, with twenty main entries plus one also-eligible.  The field is competitive, with a little something for everybody: fountains of raw talent yet to be forged in the fire, hard-trying and plucky sorts who have yet... Read more »

2018 Kentucky Oaks Preview and Friday Stakes Selections

Kentucky Derby week is here.  As always, Picks and Ponderings is on top of it. This piece focuses on Friday’s action.  We’ll have a horse-by-horse look at the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, which drew a full field of fourteen.  The weather calls for some rain on Friday, so we’ll take that into account, and make... Read more »
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2017 Kentucky Derby Point/Counterpoint and Saturday Stakes Selections

The greatest two minutes in sports.  The fastest two minutes in sports.  The two minutes every year when you can talk to your non-racing friends about your favourite sport, and they’ll actually listen. Whatever you like to call it, this Saturday is the Kentucky Derby.  After an inconsistent, up-and-down prep season, twenty horses have cemented their... Read more »

2017 Kentucky Oaks Preview and Friday Stakes Selections

Welcome to Kentucky Derby week! You’ve come to the right place: Picks and Ponderings will be right here with you through the biggest days of the year at Churchill Downs.  This piece focuses on the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, with written analysis of the Oaks and selections (including live longshots) for all six graded stakes races... Read more »

Keep It Positive

When I was in high school, there was no audio-visual club or AV club for me to join. But based on what other people have told me or how AV clubs are portrayed in media, I figure AV clubs fall into categories. Category one is the AV club that shows foreign films or independent films,... Read more »
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2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Preview and Kentucky Derby Day Selections

The traditional race before the Kentucky Derby is the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. It will be contested once again and has a half million dollars at stake. The race was first run in 1987, and it featured Manila – the incumbent Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and Eclipse winner for Turf Champion at three –... Read more »

2016 Kentucky Derby Preview

The Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses. The First Saturday in May. The first leg of the Triple Crown. The finest two minutes in sport. This piece focuses only on the Derby, but Picks & Ponderings hasn’t neglected other races.  Picks & Ponderings also offers selections for the other stakes on the undercard as... 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 »
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2015 Kentucky Derby Day Preview

Saturday is it: the biggest day of the racing calendar at Churchill Downs. However, the Kentucky Derby is not the only important race on the card.  Saturday’s card consists of six more stakes races.  These include a pair of Grade I events: the Humana Distaff for filly and mare sprinters, as well as the Woodford... Read more »