Archive for July 2017

Chicago Racing Review: July 27-30, 2017

Standout Performances Three months into the Arlington meet, rider Jose Valdivia, Jr., trainer Larry Rivelli, and owner Patricia’s Hope, LLC lead their respective standings.  On Thursday afternoon, their horse Cadet Captain (Tale of the Cat – Applesolutely, by Affirmed) became the first horse to win four times during this summer’s Arlington meet.  A wire-to-wire winner opening... Read more »

2017 Haskell Invitational Preview

The breather after the Triple Crown season is over.  The first of the summer’s top races for the sophomore dirt route set happens this Sunday, and it’s also the marquee race for the entire Monmouth Park meet: the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational Stakes.  In addition to the biggest share of that seven-figure purse, the... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: July 20-23, 2017

Standout Performances In Thursday’s third race, Smoke ‘n’ Gloat (Smoke Glacken – Lake in the Sky, by Out of Place) returned to make his first start since winning the Springfield Stakes, this time running against open three-year-old N1X/75K allowance-optional company. The Scott Becker trainee entered the race three-for-three this year…and left it four-for-four, justifying his... Read more »

2017 Diana Stakes and Sanford Stakes Preview

Summer has officially found its stride.  After all, racing action returns to Saratoga this weekend. Picks and Ponderings turns it attention this week to the pair of graded stakes on Saturday at the Spa.  In the Grade 1 Diana Stakes, a select field of six — including proven star Lady Eli and rising stars Antonoe... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: July 13-16, 2017

For the last few years, we have reported live race results on our Twitter account, @picksponderings.  Recently that has become untenable due to my chart calling responsibilities for Equibase at Arlington, and we will no longer be able to post race results as they happen. Of course, that’s not the end of our presence on Twitter.  The Twitter... Read more »

2017 Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks Preview

This Saturday is Indiana Grand’s biggest day of Thoroughbred racing.  The day’s card features a pair of competitive Grade 3 stakes for the three-year-old set.  Eleven horses have entered to vie for a $500,000 Indiana Derby; eight fillies will contend for a $200,000 purse in the Indiana Oaks.  The fields feature the combinations that make the midseason Derbies so... Read more »


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Saturday’s card at Arlington International Racecourse featured four graded stakes races, each of which intended as local preps for the Arlington International Festival of Racing.  In addition to the purse money for each race, the top three finishers in each of today’s graded stakes races also earned the right to have their fees... Read more »

Previewing the 2017 Ride to the Million

The name may have changed, but it’s still one of the best local racing days all year. Arlington may be calling it the Ride to the Million presented by Miller Lite (instead of Million Preview Day), but Saturday’s features are the same four local preps for the Arlington International Festival of Racing that you know and love: the... Read more »