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2014 Preakness Stakes Picks & Ponderings

The Preakness Stakes.  The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. A big thank you to all the readers and twitter followers that found “Picks and Ponderings” for Kentucky Derby week.  The readership numbers were high and you readers made “Picks and Ponderings” a top-read site in the broad ChicagoNow network. Even if the picks and... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

2013 Preakness Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Preakness Stakes.  The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. A big thank you to all the readers and twitter followers that found “Picks and Ponderings” for Kentucky Derby week. So whether this is your first time reading or your hundredth time, we hope you have fun with the picks and enjoy the ponderings. Onward... Read more »

Arlington Park Preview

Even though the schedule is the same as last year with four days a week of live racing from roughly the first of May to the last of September, there are changes–some subtle, some more glaring– and even some challenges when Arlington Park raises the curtain on another season of racing. The meet opens Friday... Read more »
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Preakness Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Preakness Stakes. The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. After handicapping like a box fan (sucking on one side and blowing out the other) on Derby Day, The Author is back to take another crack at the Triple Crown. This time we move to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  Along with the horses,... Read more »
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