Archive for October 2017

Hawthorne Derby: A Better Start, a Better Finish for My Bariley

Last time My Bariley raced on the Chicago circuit, to run in the Grade 3 American Derby, things began inauspiciously: he fell to his nose after the break.  Jockey Santo Sanjur stayed in the irons, kept his cool, and got him rolling late.  Nine furlongs later, My Bariley had improved to third, but a lone... Read more »

2017 Hawthorne Derby Preview

Illinois has a budget!  Hooray! Yes, that’s a strange way to begin a preview of a horse race…but it’s apt.  Hawthorne’s stakes schedule last year had been pared down to just the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity and the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, races that virtually must go on because breeders pay into them when Illinois-breds... Read more »

2017 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade 3 status in 2002, and gained its current Grade 2 designation in 2006. The race takes its... Read more »

2017 Canadian International in Pictures

Friday morning, before sunrise at Woodbine.
Sunday was Canadian International Day at Woodbine.  The day’s racing action featured four graded stakes races: the Canadian International (G1) for open company at a mile and a half on grass, the E. P. Taylor (G1) for fillies going a mile and a quarter on the turf, the six-furlong Nearctic Stakes (G2) for turf sprinters,... Read more »

2017 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

For the second year in a row, Picks and Ponderings is on site at the Canadian International, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for live news and notes from Woodbine! Sunday’s card at Woodbine features four graded stakes races, anchored by the Grade 1, mile and a half Canadian International, one of Woodbine’s three flagship... Read more »

2017 Woodford Stakes Preview and Weekend Keeneland Stakes Selections

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, takes place this weekend. We will have picks for all nine graded races at Keeneland Friday through Sunday, and detailed analysis of the Woodford Stakes (G2).  The Woodford is as classy a turf sprint as you’ll see in the United States outside the Breeders’ Cup.  Particularly since... Read more »