Posts in category "Santa Anita"

2016 Breeders' Cup Classic Preview

The Breeders’ Cup runs today and tomorrow, and Picks and Ponderings has Friday and Saturday picks to carry you through the weekend.  The weekend’s richest race, however, is the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI): ten furlongs on the dirt for a $6 million purse. The race drew a field of ten, and Nicolle Neulist and Paul... Read more »

Breeders' Cup Guest Appearance on Horses for Courses

Breeders’ Cup gets underway tomorrow.  On this week’s edition of Horses for Courses, Nicolle Neulist joins host William Kedjanyi to discuss all thirteen Breeders’ Cup races in detail.  We bring racing perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic, and cover everything from the top contenders to the marginal. There are two Breeders’ Cup episodes of... Read more »

2016 Breeders' Cup Mile Preview and Saturday Selections

Picks and Ponderings returns for Saturday, the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.  Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features nine Grade I Breeders’ Cup races, in addition to three stakes races to start the festivities.  This follows four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, which are previewed in a separate piece. This piece will discuss the... Read more »
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2016 Breeders' Cup Distaff Preview and Friday Selections

This Friday is the first of two days of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.  The Breeders’ Cup features thirteen Grade I races spread over two days, testing the best of the best in each division. Friday’s card features four Breeders’ Cup races, headlined by the Distaff, a nine-furlong dirt race for fillies... Read more »

2016 Rodeo Drive Stakes Preview, Plus Stakes Picks from Santa Anita and Belmont

We are just five weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup, scheduled for November 4-5 at Santa Anita.  This weekend’s schedule features a bounty of high-class races on both coasts that some of the premier contenders will use as their final tune-up. Santa Anita’s Saturday card features five graded stakes races: all Grade I races, and... Read more »

2016 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and Triple Bend Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features a pair of Grade I races, which form the focus of this piece.  The handicap division takes the spotlight in The Gold Cup at Santa Anita, a mile and a quarter test that offers a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to its winner.  Extended sprint specialists also get... Read more »
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2016 Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks Preview

This weekend is the weekend four weeks out with seven races yielding points to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.  And they’re the balance of this week’s coverage at Picks & Ponderings.  All seven preps are covered in our divide-and-conquer format; so be sure to also check out the other previews.  Nicolle Neulist tackles the... Read more »

2016 Santa Anita Handicap Preview Day

After a lighter weekend on the national racing stage last weekend, the action picks up this weekend, particularly at Santa Anita.  Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features a bumper card of graded stakes races, including the three races previewed in this piece.  The handicap division converges in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap; turf milers test... Read more »

2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes Preview

This week’s racing schedule features a trio of three-year-old preps.  The week gets underway early — Thursday’s card at Meydan features the UAE Oaks (GIII – UAE), the only Kentucky Oaks points races away from North America.  On Saturday, Paul Mazur looks north to Aqueduct, where Derby hopefuls get another chance for a fifty-point haul... Read more »
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2016 Robert B. Lewis and Las Virgenes Stakes Preview

The western spurs of both the Derby trail and the Oaks trail continue at Santa Anita this weekend. Derby-bound types will begin to show who really likes going a route of ground, stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII). Headlining the field for the Lewis is Bob... Read more »