Category: Saratoga

2016 Travers Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s card at Saratoga is the biggest of the meet, and features the meet’s cornerstone race: the Grade I Travers Stakes.  We have full analysis — both NN’s written perspective, and horse-by-horse point/counterpoint on video — of this fully loaded edition of the Travers. Colloquially dubbed the Mid-Summer Derby (though don’t tell PM that…),... Read more »

2016 Whitney Day Stakes Preview

This weekend’s Saturday card at the Spa features five stakes, including a pair of Grade I stakes.  The Whitney, showcasing the handicap division, drew a small but select field including sensational Met Mile winner Frosted and five other foes vying to dethrone him as the king of the east-coast handicap division mountain.  The other top-level... Read more »

2016 Vanderbilt Handicap Day Stakes Preview

Summer at the Spa got underway last weekend, and now has reached full swing. This Saturday’s card features four graded stakes, headlined by the Vanderbilt (GI) for older sprinters.  Older grass routers also get their day in the sun in the Bowling Green (GII).  In addition to stakes for older runners, three-year-olds also have a... Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »