Posts in category "ponderings"

A Tiny Bit of Track Etiquette

This piece is jointly published here and at Blinkers Off. Everyone has their stories about interesting folks-about-track.  I have fewer than others, since I haven’t been a regular at the races for as long as some others have been, but even I am starting to amass a collection of charming anecdotes. There was the guy... Read more »

A New Alliance

“Picks and Ponderings” has provided you, for nearly 2 1/2 years, the quality horse racing coverage that you’ve come to expect from Arlington International, Hawthorne Race Course, and whatever other road trips have been taken.  Saturday May 24 starts the stakes season at Arlington, with the triple-feature of the Arlington Matron, Hanshin Cup, and Arlington... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Danny Miller (1952-2013)

In a story broken by HRTV’s Scott Hazelton on his twitter account, local trainer Danny Miller died today. He was sixty-one.  A cause of death has not been disclosed as of publish time.  Funeral and viewing arrangements have not been disclosed either as of publish time. Miller trained on the Arlington/Hawthorne circuit, scoring 458 victories... Read more »

Illinois Racing Disaster Kit

What follows is not a rigorous report on the Illinois Racing Board’s yearly Dates Hearing on Tuesday September 24.  What follows is more reactionary; we’ll leave the rigorous reporting to the Daily Racing Form. To summarize: the Illinois Racing Board passed four schedules, with the best case scenario essentially mirroring this year’s schedule.  However, two... Read more »
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Betting (and Not Betting) Your Opinions

Commenter “Turnbackthealarm” hoped that I played the WILLCOX INN/GALLANT EAGLE exacta in Saturday’s G3 Washington Park Handicap. The short answer, as given in the comments to the prior post, was that I strictly played GALLANT EAGLE to show. The longer answer, which includes a good bit of wagering and gambling mentality, follows.  It’s a nuts-and-bolts... Read more »

Storm Clouds

Both the Chicago Tribune and Daily Racing Form have discussed this story earlier today in their publications, and it’s discussed more below. This year, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemens’ Association (ITHA) and Arlington Park are back at odds over the matter of stall rent, which Arlington wants the ability to impose while holding live racing (effective... Read more »

Of Brackets and Races

Portions of the text below are taken from the prior entry “Madness and More Madness” This post is a slight departure, as it focuses on the NCAA tournament and making a bracket.  I’ll be participating in an in-house tournament featuring various ChicagoNow bloggers.  But before you throw rotten vegetables at me for straying from horse... Read more »
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Nothing and Something

Between “Derby Dozen 2″ and “Derby Dozen 3″, there was nothing in the way of new posts. Nothing in the way of new Picks and Ponderings. Sure, there’s been tweeting of live results from Hawthorne. But no long form ponderings, and certainly no picks either. Such comments give you readers a blank check to fire... Read more »
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