Category: Kentucky Derby

2015 Kentucky Derby Day Preview

Saturday is it: the biggest day of the racing calendar at Churchill Downs. However, the Kentucky Derby is not the only important race on the card.  Saturday’s card consists of six more stakes races.  These include a pair of Grade I events: the Humana Distaff for filly and mare sprinters, as well as the Woodford... Read more »

2015 Kentucky Derby Preview

The Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses.  The First Saturday in May.  The first leg of the Triple Crown.  The finest two minutes in sport. Handicapping it though, is a mess. You are presented with a field of twenty horses (which is rarely seen at other times in America other than the Derby), all... Read more »

2015 Kentucky Oaks Day Stakes Preview

It may be the opening week of Arlington on the local scene, but this week Picks & Ponderings takes a road trip to Louisville for Kentucky Derby week.  And we mean “road trip” this week in the literal sense, with our own Nicolle Neulist heading down for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.  But before they take... Read more »

2015 Derby Dozen 4

They’ve prepped and they’ve shipped.  They’ve raced and they’ve worked.  They’ve gone off and on the list, up and down as well.  One last time the duo of Picks and Ponderings, for Wireplayers, makes a Derby Dozen list.  It should be noted that the list below is made before the draw, and a final round... Read more »

Mubtaahij: From Dubai to the Kentucky Derby, via Arlington Park

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — For Mubtaahij, the road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) leads through Arlington Heights. A blowout winner of the UAE Derby (GII – UAE) on March 28, Mubtaahij arrived at Arlington Park last week.  He came out of quarantine on Monday, April 20.  The three-year-old Dubawi colt took a stroll on the Arlington... Read more »

2015 Derby Dozen 3

The calendar flips to April, and Picks & Ponderings gathers around once more for the Derby Dozen.  There are inklings already as to who the contenders and pretenders might be, but only two points-yielding preps remain before the horses converge on Louisville – the G1 Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn (100 points to winner) and the... Read more »

2015 Derby Dozen 2

We return for round two of the Derby Dozen.  At six weeks out from the Kentucky Derby both Paul and Nicolle have made no changes at the top and more changes at the bottom.  We’ve also changed the presentation a bit.  Instead of the column or “side by side” text, we’ve put Paul’s on text... Read more »

2015 Derby Dozen 1

For the fourth straight year, there will be a ChicagoNow Derby Dozen here at Picks & Ponderings.  In a new development this year, the Picks & Ponderings representation will be with two persons and not one.  While Paul is doing the ballot for the fourth straight year, teammmate Nicolle Neulist will be making her ballot... Read more »

A Response to "Taking on Takeout"

Following the Thursday May 8 release of “Taking on Takeout”, the piece was attacked on Twitter by horseplayer advocate A. Asaro and an e-mail was sent from HANA President J. Platt.  Below, is the “Picks and Ponderings” response to President Platt.  It does contain a partial mea culpa but is more a clarification of the... Read more »

Taking on Takeout

In this article, takeout doesn’t refer to Chinese food from around the corner, but rather to the percentage of money that a track will deduct from wagers for its own operations, and as a rule of thumb it hovers around twenty percent.  Usually, takeouts are set by state racing organizations (in Illinois, the Illinois Racing... Read more »