Archive for February 2013

Derby Dozen 2

Once again, it’s time for another round of Derby Dozen.  With ten weeks to the event, and a number of February preps in the books, it’s time for a new list. The Author is pleased to be a member of the “Derby Dozen” panel for WirePlayers.  Each member of the panel chooses twelve of the... Read more »

San Vicente Stakes Picks and Ponderings

For the second straight year, “Picks and Ponderings” will also be providing coverage to Thorofan. Last year, coverage was provided for the Illinois Derby and Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne, the Beverly D. at Arlington, the San Vicente Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. At Thorofan, a rotating pool of handicappers (typically, but not... Read more »

Hawthorne Spring Preview

Six weeks have passed since thoroughbreds have raced at Hawthorne Race Course. But the calendar changing from 2012 to 2013 won’t be the only thing changing at the oval on 35th Street. Those changes will be in effect for the 2013 Hawthorne Spring meet. Hawthorne opens for its Spring meet on Friday, February 15 and... Read more »

Derby Dozen 1

More than any other horse race, the Kentucky Derby inspires conversation.  For the casual fan, the Derby provides a chance to see pomp, pageantry, and hats with their own zip code.  For the hardened handicapper, it is both challenge and quest to conquer the race’s pitfalls. The Author is pleased to be a member of... Read more »

Voting for Illinois's Champion Horses

“Picks and Ponderings” is proud to announce that it is voting for equine champions in Illinois.  Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number of different age- and gender-restricted categories. Said voting is conducted by the Illinois Breeders and Thoroughbred Owners Foundation (ITBOF). Voters cast votes for first,... Read more »