Archive for August 2015

Chad Brown Brings Six For the Arlington Million Festival

CHICAGO – Trainer Chad Brown will bring six horses for three races on the 2015 Arlington International Festival of Racing. With entrants in three of the Festival races – the G3 American St. Leger, the G1 Beverly D., and G1 Arlington Million, Brown will look to bring home Arlington’s finest hardware. Brown’s half dozen of... Read more »

A First Photo Glimpse of Million Week Contenders

American St. Leger contender Panama Hat gets his first glimpse of the Arlington track.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Tuesday of Arlington Million week saw the first signs of the contenders that will test the northwest suburban turf in Saturday’s Arlington International of Festival of Racing. First out on the Arlington polytrack at about 7:30 AM were Team Valor’s American St. Leger pre-entrant PANAMA HAT and Damian Lavelle’s Arlington Million pre-entrant... Read more »

2015 Black Tie Affair and Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – On a cool, overcast August afternoon, Arlington International Racecourse was awash in a sea of red for Blackhawks Day.  However, the hockey-themed mayhem was not the only excitement on the grounds. On the racing front, the card featured a pair of one and one sixteenth mile turf stakes for Illinois-breds ages three... Read more »

2015 Black Tie Affair and Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap Preview

Next week, the world convenes on the Arlington turf.  This week, Illinois-breds take centre stage over the same course.  Saturday’s card features a pair of $50,000 stakes races at a mile and a sixteenth over the grass.  The Black Tie Affair Handicap is open to Illinois-breds aged three and up; the Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap... 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 »

2015 Addison Cammack Handicap and Isaac Murphy Handicap Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — On a muggy day at Arlington Park, it came time for the Illinois-bred sprinters to shine.  In the Addison Cammack Handicap, Sweet Luca attempted to win his third straight edition of the race.  Though he would not have Work All Week to conquer as he had the last two years, he had... Read more »