Archive for May 2012

Meafara Stakes Preview

With seventeen career starts, ten wins, three seconds, and two thirds, Meafara earned over $800,000 racing mostly in sprints. Usually on the lead, Meafara in both 1992 and 1993 she took on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and emerged with runner up finishes both times. Meafara losing the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Sprint by... Read more »

Arlington Classic: Silver Max Leads the Way

The second of two recaps on Arlington Park’s Memorial Day Weekend. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–Just as the betting favorite won the first of the the first of the two Saturday stakes, the betting favorite won the second of the two stakes. In the $125,000 Arlington Classic, it was SILVER MAX that was the victor and also annexed... Read more »

Arlington Matron: Upperline Pounces to Victory

The first of two recaps on Arlington Park’s Memorial Day weekend. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–The second stakes of the young meet went to the familiar team of jockey James Graham and trainer Michael Stidham. It was UPPERLINE who was victorious in the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Matron. The five year old mare won the 2010 G3 Arlington... Read more »

Arlington Matron/Arlington Classic Preview

This week’s preview post is a two-for-one special. It’s the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and there are two six figure stakes on the Saturday card, which is one of the best early season-cards of the meet. The first of them is the Arlington Matron, a Grade 3 for older females. They’ll go one and one-eighth... Read more »

How to Save the Mid America Triple

Arlington Park is known for its grass course, and the first grass stakes of the meet is slated for Saturday May 26. The Arlington Classic is its name, and it’s for three year old males at 1 1/16 miles on the sod. It carries a purse of $125,000. But once upon a time it was... Read more »

Hanshin Cup: Havelock Turns Key to Earn Victory

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS –Just a moment before a stirring renewal of the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, HAVELOCK, with the services of Florent Geroux, treated fans to an exciting come-from-behind score in the first stakes of the year at Arlington Park, the G3 $150,000 Hanshin Cup at a single-turn mile on polytrack. HAVELOCK was third... Read more »

Hanshin Cup Preview

The first of nearly forty stakes races this year at Arlington is this upcoming Saturday.  It’s the Grade Three Hanshin Cup Stakes, with a purse of $150,000. For the past 18 years, it’s been an exchange race with the Japanese Racing Association (JRA) that pays homage to Hanshin Racecourse.  Hanshin hosts the Group 1 Japan... Read more »

Preakness Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Preakness Stakes. The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. After handicapping like a box fan (sucking on one side and blowing out the other) on Derby Day, The Author is back to take another crack at the Triple Crown. This time we move to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  Along with the horses,... Read more »

Derby Confessions

My name is Paul. I’m a racing fan and blogger. And I didn’t watch yesterday’s wall-to-wall TV coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Sure, I turned on NBC just to see the race. Then after it,  “click”, the TV was off. Sure, I was active on Twitter before and after the race. But no NBC. I... Read more »

Kentucky Derby Picks and Ponderings

The Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses. Handicapping it though, is a mess. You are presented with a field of twenty horses (which is rarely seen other times than the Derby), all trying a distance they’ve never tried before on a surface that may be foreign to them and in front of 150,000 people... Read more »