Posts in category "Kentucky Derby"

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 »

2015 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. Handicapping it though, is a mess. You are presented with a field of twenty horses (which is rarely seen at other times in America other than the Derby), all... Read more »

2015 Kentucky Oaks Day Stakes Preview

It may be the opening week of Arlington on the local scene, but this week Picks & Ponderings takes a road trip to Louisville for Kentucky Derby week.  And we mean “road trip” this week in the literal sense, with our own Nicolle Neulist heading down for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.  But before they take... Read more »
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2015 Derby Dozen 4

They’ve prepped and they’ve shipped.  They’ve raced and they’ve worked.  They’ve gone off and on the list, up and down as well.  One last time the duo of Picks and Ponderings, for Wireplayers, makes a Derby Dozen list.  It should be noted that the list below is made before the draw, and a final round... Read more »

Mubtaahij: From Dubai to the Kentucky Derby, via Arlington Park

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — For Mubtaahij, the road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) leads through Arlington Heights. A blowout winner of the UAE Derby (GII – UAE) on March 28, Mubtaahij arrived at Arlington Park last week.  He came out of quarantine on Monday, April 20.  The three-year-old Dubawi colt took a stroll on the Arlington... Read more »

2015 Derby Dozen 3

The calendar flips to April, and Picks & Ponderings gathers around once more for the Derby Dozen.  There are inklings already as to who the contenders and pretenders might be, but only two points-yielding preps remain before the horses converge on Louisville – the G1 Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn (100 points to winner) and the... Read more »
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2015 Derby Dozen 2

We return for round two of the Derby Dozen.  At six weeks out from the Kentucky Derby both Paul and Nicolle have made no changes at the top and more changes at the bottom.  We’ve also changed the presentation a bit.  Instead of the column or “side by side” text, we’ve put Paul’s on text... Read more »