Posts in category "Santa Anita"

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 »

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 »

2016 San Pasqual Stakes/Sham Stakes Preview

This week, with Thoroughbred racing in Chicago on hiatus until March, Picks and Ponderings turns its attention to big races across the country.  This week, we look at Santa Anita.  Saturday’s card at the Great Race Place features a pair of stakes races.  One of them, the Sham Stakes, is the lone Kentucky Derby prep... Read more »

2016 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

January 1st serves as a universal birthday for all northern hemisphere race horses.  Regardless of foal date, everyone gets a year older.  And with that, the sophomores of 2015 now become four-year-olds thrust into open company.  Additionally the juveniles become three-year-olds as well.  Those three-year-olds are the focus of this week’s races at Picks &... Read more »

2015 Malibu Day Stakes Preview

On Saturday, December 26, racing resumes at Santa Anita.  The opening card for the winter meet at the Great Race Place features four graded stakes races, with three of them final chances for sophomores to notch a big win against their own age group.  The card features a pair of Grade I events, both seven-furlong... Read more »

2015 Gamely Stakes Preview

A long weekend is upon us for Memorial Day, and with it comes stakes bookends here at Picks and Ponderings.  For Saturday, Paul Mazur looks north to Saturday’s Nassau Stakes (GII – CAN) at Woodbine.  For Monday, I turn my eyes south and west to the only Grade I race in North America this weekend:... Read more »

2015 Vanity Stakes Preview

This weekend, horse racing catches its collective breath in the weekend between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.  Just two Grade I races are run nationwide, and this piece looks westward.  The eastern distaff contingent had its Grade I affair on the Oaks undercard, with Molly Morgan taking the La Troienne.  The older fillies and... Read more »

2015 Last Tycoon Handicap Preview

Traditionally, the week before the Kentucky Derby is one of the quieter, less busy weeks on the racing calendar. Yet Picks & Ponderings keeps busy this weekend.  From the East Coast, Nicolle Neulist previews the Grade Three Excelsior Handicap from Aqueduct.  From the Midwest, Paul Mazur previews two Illinois-bred stakes from Hawthorne. From the West... Read more »