Archive for June 2019

Illinois-Bred MY MERTIE Finishes Best in the Chicago Handicap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — If an allowance race had come up at Arlington Park for My Mertie, we might be calling Hotshot Anna a repeat winner in the Chicago Handicap. Instead, My Mertie swept four wide into the lane, unleashed a furious rally past the defending champion, and upset the Chicago Handicap (G3) at odds of 33/1. “I... Read more »

2019 Chicago Handicap Preview

This year marks the 30th running of the Chicago Handicap.  Other than its 2017 running at Churchill Downs, it has otherwise been held right at Arlington Park, going seven furlongs on the main track. Though the surfaces differ, the Chicago Handicap does cover the same trip as the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.  One... Read more »

2019 Diamond Jubilee Preview

Royal Ascot, five days of world-class turf racing, draws to a close on Saturday. This piece takes a look at the closing day feature, the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong turf sprint for older horses. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes began life as the All-Aged Stakes in 1868.  It was renamed the Cork and Orrery... Read more »

2019 Stephen Foster Stakes Preview and Saturday Churchill Downs Selections

You might think every single stakes horse descended on Belmont last weekend, but you wouldn’t be quite right.  Just one week after Belmont day, Churchill Downs has another stakes-laden day of racing.  Their card on Saturday night features six races, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races: the Stephen Foster S.... Read more »

2019 Belmont Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

This year’s Triple Crown season has been a rollercoaster.  The Derby featured its first-ever disqualification of a first-place finisher for interference in the race, after Maximum Security drifted out to interfere with War of Will, Bodexpress, and Long Range Toddy.  Two weeks later, in the Preakness, War of Will found his redemption. Bodexpress, on the... Read more »

2019 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Belmont Thursday-Friday Stakes Selections

As the Breeders’ Cup is in the fall, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is at the end of spring. The weekend has established itself as American racing’s top midyear showcase, and the action begins Thursday. Picks and Ponderings will, of course, turn its eyes toward Belmont this week.  In addition to fully previewing the Belmont Gold Cup here,... Read more »