Posts in category "Kentucky Derby"

A Response to "Taking on Takeout"

Following the Thursday May 8 release of “Taking on Takeout”, the piece was attacked on Twitter by horseplayer advocate A. Asaro and an e-mail was sent from HANA President J. Platt.  Below, is the “Picks and Ponderings” response to President Platt.  It does contain a partial mea culpa but is more a clarification of the... Read more »

Taking on Takeout

In this article, takeout doesn’t refer to Chinese food from around the corner, but rather to the percentage of money that a track will deduct from wagers for its own operations, and as a rule of thumb it hovers around twenty percent.  Usually, takeouts are set by state racing organizations (in Illinois, the Illinois Racing... Read more »

2014 Kentucky Derby Picks & Ponderings

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 »
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2014 Derby Dozen 5

Welcome to Kentucky Derby Week.  The list below is made before the draw, and a final round of Kentucky Derby Picks and Ponderings will be made after the draw. These polls are done five times before the Derby, done every three weeks, and each time there’s been a different number one.  WICKED STRONG, step up... Read more »

Kentucky Derby Round Table

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Had the pleasure of joining hosts C. Johnson and C. Hare on the Roundtable edition of their “Down to the Wire” weekly video series.  Special thanks to the hosts for setting it up, and a shout-out to the fellow panelists – P. May, E. White, and S. Shapiro – for making it fun.

2014 Illinois Derby Day Preview

The most important race of the Hawthorne spring meet is upon us.  It’s Illinois Derby Day, with the feature set for race nine on a ten race card set for April 19th, the day before Easter Sunday.  In a twist to the stakes schedule this year, two Illinois-bred stakes from next week’s Illinois Champions Day... Read more »
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Kid Cruz, Midnight Hawk Eyeing Illinois Derby

STICKNEY/CICERO — Hawthorne Race Course will kick off its brief two-week stakes season on April 19 with the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby, to be run at one and one-eighth miles on the dirt at Hawthorne for strictly three-year-olds. The race was excluded two years ago from the Kentucky Derby points qualification list but now... Read more »

2014 Derby Dozen 4

Okay, I’m going to spoil it here and now.  California Chrome is not my number one. In fact, he doesn’t crack the top five. There’s a new number one this go around, CONQUEST TITAN, who is one of three on my list pointing for the April 12 G1 Arkansas Derby.  I could be Mr. Cynical,... Read more »

Handicapping Mail Bag (Transylvania, Santa Anita Derby, Polytrack)

Horse racing, by its nature, is a social game. You get together with your friends, you have some food or a beer, you might pool some money for a large pool, and you hope for the best.  In this new world with e-mails and social media, you could be at one track and discussing the... Read more »
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2014 Sunland Derby Preview

The following piece is jointly submitted for Thorofan’s “Handicapper’s Corner”.  As someone who composes ballots for the Wireplayers Derby Dozen, I’m asked to look at the three-year-old races on a weekly basis, try to digest what happened, and make a sensible ballot.  Throughout this three-year-old season, the horses involved have been uninspiring in these eyes.... Read more »
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