Posts in category "Saratoga"

2016 Diana Stakes and Sanford Stakes Preview

“As surely as other pilgrims may seek to visit Jerusalem, every racing fan should aspire to see Saratoga.” — Andrew Beyer Picks & Ponderings won’t be making a physical appearance at Saratoga this week (though we did enjoy our jaunt to Indiana Grand).  What P&P will do is realize how so many others want to... Read more »

2015 Hopeful Stakes and Bernard Baruch Handicap Preview

This Monday, September 7th, the Saratoga meet draws to a close.  The Labor Day card features a pair of graded stakes races to close the meet: the Hopeful Stakes (GI) for juveniles, and the Bernard Baruch (GII) for older grass horses.  Though the Baruch lacks the sparkle of last year’s — Wise Dan is making... Read more »

2015 Woodward Day Stakes Preview

The curtain came down on Arlington International’s stakes program last week with the Arlington-Washington Lassie for two-year-old fillies.  This weekend, the curtain comes down on the Saratoga meet.  The calendar has flipped to September, and it means Labor Day – the closing day of the Saratoga meet – is this weekend.  The Picks & Ponderings... Read more »

2015 Travers Day Stakes Preview

Saratoga is summertime racing’s biggest talking point.  No other meet has a contest that sees players from near and far try to take down large cash prices while negotiating the forty racing days of the Spa.  No other meet sees people rent their homes out to racing fans that descend on the area.  Those facts... Read more »

2015 Alabama Stakes Day Stakes Preview

This week’s coverage at Picks & Ponderings is a three-pronged attack covering both coasts of the States, their boutique summer meets, and a little something in between.  On the East Coast is Saratoga, and coverage centers there with the G1 Alabama Stakes and the Troy Stakes on their undercard covered in this piece.  On the... Read more »

2015 Whitney Stakes Day Stakes Preview

Once again this weekend, Picks & Ponderings maintains its tentpole in the Saratoga meet with another examination of weekend action.  The traditional handicap centerpiece, the Whitney Stakes, serves as the Saturday feature.  The Grade One Whitney isn’t the only G1 on the card, as the Test goes one race prior.  Three additional undercard stakes –... Read more »

2015 Vanderbilt Handicap Day Stakes Preview

Horse racing’s summer season kicks into high gear this weekend.  Of course, the summer season includes Saratoga Race Course and Picks & Ponderings in this space looks at the stakes quartet carded for the first of August, headlined by the Grade One Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.  The undercard includes the Grade Two Jim Dandy Stakes... Read more »

2015 Bing Crosby Stakes & CCA Oaks Preview

On the East Coast, Saratoga is the August place to be. On the West Coast, it’s Del Mar.  Both these destination meets serve as the focus of weekend coverage for the last weekend of July at Picks and Ponderings.  They may each be the August Places to Be, but to horseplayers they are the one... Read more »

2015 Diana and Sanford Stakes Preview

We are up to the point in the summer when the Big Summer Destination Meets are getting underway.  Last weekend, Del Mar got off and running.  This Friday, Saratoga opens.  Saturday’s card at the Spa features the first Grade I of the meet, the Diana Stakes .  That race, for turf route fillies and mares,... Read more »

2014 Woodward Day Stakes Preview

With only the Washington Park Handicap (GIII) on the stakes schedule at Arlington this Saturday, Picks and Ponderings has plenty of time to take one last road trip to the Spa.  This weekend is the final one of the Saratoga meet, and Saturday’s card features four graded stakes.  The card features two Grade I races:... Read more »