Archive for March 2018

2018 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

Earlier on Saturday, the Derby trail winds through Dubai; we preview the UAE Derby (G2) (and, of course, the G1 Dubai World Cup) in a separate piece.  Saturday afternoon, Chicago time, the Derby trail and the Oaks trail return stateside, to Gulfstream Park.  Their three-year-old preps — and their winter Championship meet — draw to... Read more »

2018 Dubai World Cup Day Picks and Ponderings

This winter’s Dubai Carnival draws to a close this Saturday with Dubai World Cup day.  Saturday’s card features a full day of world-class racing on dirt and on grass, and horses from all over the globe have flocked to Dubai in recent weeks to settle into the desert and make sure they can bring their... Read more »

2018 Sunland Derby and Sunland Park Oaks Preview

In addition to Fair Grounds (which we preview in a separate piece), the Derby trail and the Oaks trail both sweep through Sunland Park this weekend. Sunday’s card at the New Mexico racetrack features a pair of points races: the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby for open company, and the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks for fillies and mares.  The races... Read more »

The American St. Leger, 2012-2017

I thought the American St. Leger was here to stay. I know, this probably makes me a fool. This is Illinois, after all. Sometimes we’re not even sure if horse racing is here to stay in this state: with purse money uncertain, with stallions and broodmares wandering out of the state, with future funding as stable as... Read more »

2018 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Saturday at Fair Grounds features the first of the 100-point Derby and Oaks preps, down in the Big Easy: the Louisiana Derby (G2) for open company, and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) for fillies. Both races drew solid, competitive fields: ten horses in the Louisiana Derby, and nine in the Fair Grounds Oaks.  This piece... Read more »

2018 Jeff Ruby Steaks and Bourbonette Oaks Preview

This week, Picks and Ponderings goes back to Turfway — albeit only virtually, this time.  Turfway’s card on Saturday features a pair of three-year-old points races, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) (previously the Spiral Stakes) for open company and the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) for fillies.  Both races offer 20-8-4-2 points to its top four... Read more »

2018 Rebel Stakes Preview

Oaklawn’s spur of the Derby trail continues this Saturday with the Rebel Stakes.  The race offers a purse of $900,000, in addition to Road to the Kentucky Derby points (50-20-10-5) for its top four finishers. Inaugurated in 1961, the Rebel Stakes currently serves as the third of four steps on Oaklawn’s road to the Kentucky Derby. ... Read more »

2018 Gotham Stakes Preview

This year, the Gotham Stakes will be run for the 67th time, offering a $300,000 purse as well as Kentucky Derby points (50-20-10-5) to its top four finishers.  The race, which takes its name from an old nickname for New York City, was inaugurated at Jamaica Racetrack in 1953 before being moved to New York City... Read more »

2018 San Felipe Stakes Preview

The San Felipe Stakes (G2) will be run for the 81st time this year.  It is a Road to the Kentucky Derby race, with not only a $400,000 purse up for grabs but also 50, 20, 10, and 5 Kentucky Derby points available to the top four finishers.  Originally inaugurated in 1935 for colts and... Read more »

2018 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

Picks and Ponderings makes its second road trip of the Chicago off-season, as we’ll be live at Tampa Bay Downs for the meet’s flagship race.  Make sure to follow us (and follow NN) on Twitter for all the news, notes, and updates on race day!  This preview will delve into the day’s feature, and we... Read more »