Posts in category "Preakness Stakes"

2016 Dixie Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

The spotlight shines on Pimlico this weekend, and Picks and Ponderings is there.  Saturday’s card is, of course, anchored by the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.  We have a full horse-by-horse preview of that race, in point/counterpoint style.  Here, we preview that day’s Dixie Stakes (GII) for older grass horses, as... Read more »

2016 Preakness Stakes Preview

The Preakness Stakes.  The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.  Contested once again at Pimlico, it’s the centerpiece of this week’s coverage. Pimlico plays host to the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, and the Picks and Ponderings team has analysis of Friday’s stakes, headlined by the G2 Black-Eyed Susan, Saturday stakes selections for Pimlico including full... Read more »

2015 Dixie Stakes Preview and Preakness Undercard Selections

Saturday’s Preakness undercard is laden with stakes, but none of them (up to and including the feature) drew as contentious a field as the Grade II, $300,000 Dixie Stakes.  The race drew an overflow field of fourteen middle-distance grass runners, plus two on the also-eligible list. This year marks the 114th running of the Dixie... Read more »
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2015 Preakness Point/Counterpoint

Picks and Ponderings turned its attention to Pimlico Race Course for Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card, and keeps its eyes turned eastward for Preakness Day. Will AMERICAN PHAROAH continue his sojourn toward Triple Crown glory?  Will his stablemate DORTMUND turn the tables?  Will someone else spoil Bob Baffert’s party altogether?  To answer that question here,... Read more »

2015 Black-Eyed Susan Day Stakes Preview

There are three things that serve as the definition of a black-eyed susan.  First, it is a flower that serves as the state flower of Maryland.  And the winner of the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May will be draped in a bouquet of yellow and brown flowers (spoiler alert: it’s really chrysanthemums... Read more »

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 »
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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 Illinois Derby Day Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — Spring came to Chicago with the year’s first turf race and the year’s first stakes at Hawthorne Race Course.  Four stakes, two for Illinois-breds sprinting and two Grade Three stakes, were contested on a picture-perfect Spring afternoon. Third Chance Handicap: C’MON FEET Steps Up in Stakes Triumph Early tote action saw G3 winner... 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 »