Posts in category "Santa Anita"

2017 Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks Preview

With the injuries of Mastery and Unique Bella, the Derby and Oaks trails on the west coast have become the most muddled three-year-old series in an unclear year from coast to coast.  This Saturday’s races, the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), present one more chance for starts to emerge on the... Read more »

2017 Santa Anita Handicap Day Preview

This Saturday, Picks and Ponderings goes west for a big day of racing — specifically, Big ‘Cap Day.  Anchored by the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), the card at Santa Anita features a total of five graded stakes races.  In addition to the Big ‘Cap, there are two other Grade 1 races: The Triple Bend for... Read more »

2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday, the Kentucky Derby dreamers had their day at Santa Anita in the Sham Stakes.  Sunday belongs to the fillies, in the 66th running of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. As with so many stakes races at Santa Anita, this race takes its name from a place on the map.  Santa Ynez, California, a... Read more »

2017 Sham Stakes Day Preview

Although the $200,000 G2 San Gabriel Stakes is the purse feature of this weekend’s action, the focus of the thoroughbred world turns to the glamour division: three-year-olds.  There’s an up-to-the-nanosecond Kentucky Derby countdown somewhere and a future pool some place that allow you to get in the mood for those Finest Two Minutes. So this... Read more »

2016 American Oaks Day Preview

Racing happens throughout the nation on New Year’s Eve, but only one American track features graded stakes action: Santa Anita Park.  So, Picks and Ponderings ventures back to the Great Race Place to preview Saturday’s stakes action there. Sophomore turf fillies shine in the final Grade I of the year: the American Oaks, which had... Read more »

2016 Malibu Stakes Day Preview

Christmas may be December 25, but many horseplayers look even more forward to the day after.  Santa Anita’s winter meet opens December 26, and four stakes races anchor the card.  Such stakes are grouped together at card’s end in an all-stakes pick four. For three-year-old dirt sprinters looking for a final Grade I against their... Read more »

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 »

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 »