Category: Fair Grounds

2017 Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

This weekend, the New Orleans spurs of the Derby trail and the Oaks trail get underway: Saturday’s card at Fair Grounds features six stakes races, including the Lecomte (GIII) for open company and the Silverbulletday for fillies.  With it being the off-season for racing in Chicago, this will be more than just a proverbial road... Read more »

2016 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Picks & Ponderings this week racks up the figurative frequent flyer miles for a trip to Meydan for Nicolle Neulist’s dissection of the UAE Derby and other marquee races from  Dubai World Cup Day.   Another figurative trip is in this piece, which heads to New Orleans and to Fair Grounds Race Course. Despite the plethora... Read more »

2016 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Preview

This week, we follow the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail to the Big Easy. Things got underway with a pair of ten-point preps last month, the LeComte (GIII) and the Silverbulletday.  They up the ante this time around with the Risen Star for Derby-bound types, and the Rachel Alexandra for the fillies.  Not only... Read more »
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2016 LeComte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Preview

Winter marches on.  With it, the three-year-old runners march toward the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.  Picks and Ponderings will be here to navigate you along the Derby trail and the Oaks trail. This Saturday, those trails both make their first pass through the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.  Saturday’s stakes-laden card features the... Read more »

2015 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Picks & Ponderings this week goes around the corner to Hawthorne Race Course for Paul Mazur’s look at the first stakes of the Chicago season and around the world to Meydan for Nicolle Neulist’s dissection of Dubai World Cup Day.  It also looks at major Kentucky Derby preps from two ovals – this piece’s investigation... Read more »

2015 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Preview

This weekend means higher stakes on the Kentucky Derby trail and the Kentucky Oaks trail.  Though inclement weather shifted the last of the ten-point Derby preps (the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn) to Sunday, Saturday heralds the beginning of the fifty-point races.  Though any horse who wins a prep at this level still has to achieve... Read more »
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2015 LeComte Day Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings heads south to the Fair Grounds for its Road to the Derby Kickoff Day.  True to its name, its series of Kentucky Derby prep races gets underway with the Grade III Lecomte Stakes.  The card also sees the fillies kick off the series of Oaks preps at Fair Grounds in... Read more »

Racing Dudes Challenge

A week ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »