Posts in category "Kentucky Derby"

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »