Category: Los Alamitos

2015 Los Alamitos Futurity Preview

[Author’s note: For the past two months I’ve been absent from race previews and recaps on account of hand injuries suffered from an October car accident.  As I’m now recovered I’ll be back in action.  Feedback during the time with the video previews was less than favorable, and we at Picks & Ponderings responded as... Read more »

2015 Starlet Stakes Preview

This week, racing catches its breath a bit after Thanksgiving weekend and the Claiming Crown.  Still, there is action, and Picks and Ponderings is there.  Saturday’s card features the final stakes race of the Hawthorne meet: the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity for two-year-old colts and geldings, which both halves of Picks and Ponderings previews jointly. ... Read more »

2014 Los Alamitos Futurity Preview

Only one graded stakes is contested in the United States this weekend, yet it’s a goodie.  The G1 Los Alamitos Futurity is that graded stakes race and the focus of this space.  The name might throw a racing newcomer off, but this Grade One is essentially the CashCall Futurity at a different venue. For what... Read more »

2014 Starlet Stakes Preview

The focus out east is on the older set.  A group of three-and-up dirt sprinters clashes in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (GIII) at Gulfstream, opening the graded stakes portion of their winter meet.  Start heading west, and the focus falls more and more sharply on the two-year-old set.  Saturday at Hawthorne is the final stakes... Read more »