Archive for November 2015

2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Recap

STICKNEY/CICERO — A cool and blustery November day served as the setting for the biggest day of the Hawthorne fall race meet.  Today’s ten-race card featured a trio of stakes races, anchored by the $250,000, Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup.  Supporting it on the card was a pair of $50,000 Illinois-preferred sprint stakes: the Blackhawk... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Stars of Tomorrow II Stakes Preview

Saturday afternoon, the roads to the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby head through Churchill Downs, with the pair of two-year-old stakes that anchor the Stars of Tomorrow II card.  The Kentucky Jockey Club offers 10, 4, 2, and 1 Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers; the Golden Rod awards Oaks points in... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Cigar Mile Day Stakes Preview

The first huge weekend of horse racing after the Breeders’ Cup continues at Aqueduct on Saturday.  The card is anchored by the Grade I Cigar Mile.  Locally owned PRIVATE ZONE, last year’s Cigar Mile hero, makes his first start since his second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI).  The east coast juveniles also have... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Hawthorne Gold Cup Day Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card features the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne: the Hawthorne Gold Cup.  The signature race of the fall meet drew a field of eight runners this year, a mix of classy shippers like distance specialist Commissioner and Grade I winner Majestic Harbor, as well as top-shelf local runners like the... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Clark Handicap Preview

The refrigerator is full of turkey, stuffing, and other delicious leftovers.  That’s good news, after all — plenty of food to get you through the next couple of days of horse racing!  A loaded weekend continues into Friday, and the handicap division gets their first big chance after the Breeders’ Cup to prove themselves here,... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Falls City Handicap Preview

Coverage of Thursday’s marquee stakes races continues here, with a video preview of the holiday weekend’s showcase for longer-winded distaffers: Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Falls City Handicap.  The Falls City is one of two races that Picks and Ponderings previews for Thanksgiving proper.  Nicolle Neulist also looked at the Fall Highweight Handicap (GIII) at Aqueduct.... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Go for Wand Handicap Preview

Here at Picks and Ponderings, we are not much for rushing out at four o’clock in the morning for doorbuster deals on Black Friday.  However, for anyone planning on taking a few punts on the ponies this holiday weekend, we have plenty of coverage and analysis. Friday’s racing coverage includes this preview of the Go... Read more »

2015 Thanksgiving Handicapping Feast: Fall Highweight Handicap Preview

Thanksgiving weekend is the first huge national weekend of racing after the Breeders’ Cup.  Hawthorne has a piece of the action on Saturday, with the Hawthorne Gold Cup, the Pershing Handicap, and the Blackhawk Handicap.  However, tracks across the country will card classy contests, and Picks and Ponderings provides a feast of race previews to get... Read more »

Hoppertunity Tops Likely Field for 2015 Hawthorne Gold Cup

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the Hawthorne Gold Cup is just around the corner.  This Grade II race, going a mile and a quarter over the dirt at Hawthorne, will offer a $250,000 purse.  The race is the only Grade II race of the year at Hawthorne, as well as the only race carded... Read more »

2015 Delta Jackpot Day Stakes Preview

Saturday, November 21 is the marquee day of the season at Delta Downs: Delta Jackpot Day.  Yesterday, Picks and Ponderings brought you tag-team previews of the two graded stakes on the card, the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (GIII) and the Delta Downs Princess Stakes (GIII).  Both of those two-year-old races offer not only huge purses... Read more »