Archive for July 2014

2014 Stars and Stripes Stakes Preview

Saturday marks the 83rd running of the Stars and Stripes Stakes, a Grade III, $150,000 race at 1 1/2 miles over the Arlington turf.  The race has been run at distances as short as 1 1/16 miles and as long as 1 5/8 miles over the course of its history.  It has been run at... Read more »

2014 Modesty Handicap Preview

Modesty (War Dance – Ballet) won the first American Derby (a race also on today’s program, which is a feeder to the G1 Secretariat), in 1884 under the guidance of Hall of Fame rider (and Prairie State Festival stakes race namesake) Isaac Murphy, defeating males at the first Washington Park on Chicago’s south side. Run... Read more »

Saint Leon Goes Wire-To-Wire To Win Third Straight Arlington Sprint

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — When asked after today’s Arlington Sprint what his strategy was, jockey E. T. Baird had a simple answer: “The strategy was go — just go.”  And, go he did with Saint Leon: first out of the gate, first at every call, and first across the wire for the third straight year. Saint... Read more »

July 4th Full-Card Arlington Picks and Analysis

It is Independence Day, and Arlington Park is doing both their customary 3:15pm Friday first post as well as their annual Fourth of July fireworks display after the races.  Unfortunately Picks and Ponderings does not have the ability to handicap how long the exhibit is going to last or how many pyrotechnics they are going... Read more »

2014 Arlington Sprint Preview

In its first incarnation in dirt (shelved from 1991-95, 1998-99), the Arlington Sprint would be almost always at six furlongs.  Notable dirt winners would include millionaire Grade 3 winner Bet On Sunshine, who won this race three times.  The first incarnation of this race ended in 2006, the last year of the main dirt oval.... Read more »