Category: Chicago Racing Review

Chicago Racing Review: August 24-27, 2017

Standout Performances You’re going to be seeing a lot more of fourth-crop Illinois sire Forest Attack in the next few years; he led all stallions in the state by number of Illinois-breds born in 2015 with 26, and those foals are two now.  His start at stud has been rather slow, but he had his... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: August 10-13, 2017

Chicago’s biggest race day, Arlington Million day, happened on August 12.  Picks and Ponderings has already discussed that action, but it was not the only racing last week. Standout Performances America Mon Amie (All American (AUS) – Si Si Mon Amie, by El Corredor) went into Saturday’s Arlington 3rd winless since October.  Still, she often found... Read more »

Chicago Racing Review: August 3-6, 2017

The Arlington Million is drawing near, with full fields and post positions to be announced tomorrow.  Until then, let’s take a look back at a few standout performances last week at Arlington! Last year, Devileye (Indygo Shiner – Deville, by Petionville) asserted himself clearly best among Illinois-bred juvenile males.  He rallied up the rail to win... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »