Archive for May 2013

Springfield Stakes Day Preview

This year at Arlington Park, the Prairie State Festival was split over three weekends with two stakes each weekend.  It’s not a new idea to split the marquee Illinois-bred stakes; Hawthorne Race Course across town did it with the Illinois Festival last fall.   The result is this week’s Picks and Ponderings is the first of... Read more »

Arlington Matron Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS– On a damp and overcast Saturday, the first three graded stakes of the 2013 Arlington Park season each saw longshot winners triumph, with locally based connections winning two of the three graded stakes.  All three stakes carried a purse of $150,000 and Grade 3 status. Arlington Matron: IMPOSING GRACE Edges Clear After spending... Read more »

Arlington Matron Day Preview

The previews for the stakes are taken from the piece “Arlington Matron Day Stakes Preview” and all material was originally submitted for Danonymous Racing. Arlington’s (perhaps) best card to date is so good, “Picks and Ponderings” is looking at every race on the card.  At publish time, the turf rail is set to Lane 2.... Read more »

Arlington Matron Day Stakes Preview

When Arlington Park jiggled its stakes schedule before the meet, the G3 Hanshin Cup was moved from mid-May to serve as a supporting feature and add strength to the Arlington Classic/Arlington Matron Day. So for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, there are three six figure stakes with Grade 3 status on the Saturday card, which... Read more »

2013 Preakness Stakes Picks and Ponderings

The Preakness Stakes.  The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. A big thank you to all the readers and twitter followers that found “Picks and Ponderings” for Kentucky Derby week. So whether this is your first time reading or your hundredth time, we hope you have fun with the picks and enjoy the ponderings. Onward... Read more »

Arlington Park Preview

Even though the schedule is the same as last year with four days a week of live racing from roughly the first of May to the last of September, there are changes–some subtle, some more glaring– and even some challenges when Arlington Park raises the curtain on another season of racing. The meet opens Friday... Read more »

Don't Fear The Kitten? Maybe You Should

It’s been over forty years since an Illinois-bred has won the Kentucky Derby.  And most horses with Chicago connections or Illinois breeding haven’t fared well under the Twin Spires since the days of Lucky Debonair and Dust Commander. This year, an Illinois-bred, FEAR THE KITTEN, (Kitten’s Joy – Dynarhythm, by Dynaformer) is on the also... Read more »

2013 Kentucky Derby Picks & Ponderings

The Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses.  The finest two minutes in sport. 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... Read more »