Archive for September 2018

2018 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

Just five weeks remain until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.  Most of the contenders are planning for their final preps, and top prospects on both coasts will make their final tune-ups this weekend at Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont, a Win... Read more »

Arlington Closing Day Preview

Saturday is closing day at Arlington Park!  Before racing shifts to Hawthorne — their Thoroughbred meet starts October 5 — we’re going to visit Arlington Heights one last time. Closing day features a card of ten races, with full fields thanks to everyone eager to get one last start at Arlington before polytrack racing ends for the summer,... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.15.18, Race 7

Saturday’s card at Arlington features one juvenile maiden race, a special weight turf mile carded as the seventh race of the day. The race drew a full field of twelve, including three first-time starters. those debut runners include Rustic Rick for Brian Williamson, Le Pond for Jim DiVito, and Swifty Sam for Doug Matthews. Trainer Chris... Read more »

2018 Woodbine Mile Preview

The race we now know as the Woodbine Mile was not originally run at a mile. It was originally called the Molson Export Challenge, restricted to three-year-olds, and run at ten furlongs starting in 1988. In 1991 the race shortened up to nine furlongs, and was further shortened to a mile in 1997. That 1997... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.13.18, Race 4

Thursday’s Arlington card features a pair of two-year-old maiden races.  We tackled the day’s third race, a maiden special weight polytrack sprint for Illinois-breds, in a separate piece.  Here, we tackle the second of the day’s pair of juvenile races. Race 4: $25,000 maiden claiming, two-year-olds, one mile on the turf, post time 2:47pm CDT Of... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.13.18, Race 3

Thursday’s Arlington card features a pair of two-year-old maiden races. and we’re tackling the maiden special weight first.  The third race of the day is a maiden special weight for Illinois-bred juveniles, sprinting on the polytrack.  The race features mostly new faces, as five of the six horses in the race are entered to make their... Read more »

Into Trouble, Big Drink of Water Capture Arlington Juvenile Stakes

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — The signs of fall are here.  The heat has broken, the humidity has broken, and Arlington has moved to its late-season, three-day weeks.  The stakes portion of the season also drew to a close today, with the meet’s only two-year-old stakes. In the Arlington-Washington Lassie, what looked like a competitive field... Read more »

2018 Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie Preview

The stakes portion of this summer’s Arlington meet draws to a close this Saturday afternoon with the Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Arlington-Washington Lassie.  The races, seven-furlong listed polytrack stakes that offer purses of $75,000, are both the only two-year-old stakes on the calendar and the first two-year-old races of the summer meet that are not... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.6.18, Race 4

The fourth race on Thursday at Arlington Park is a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies, going a mile on the grass.  As with so many two-year-old maiden races this time of year, it features a mix of first-time starters and more experienced types: in the field of eight, five have run and three have... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.1.18, Races 4 and 7

We look at Saratoga stakes races on Saturday, but that’s not the only action going on that day.  Saturday’s card at Arlington features a pair of two-year-old maiden special weight races, both six furlongs on the polytrack. Race 4: Maiden special weight, two-year-old fillies, six furlongs on the polytrack, post time 2:36pm CST This race... Read more »