Category: Parx

2019 Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Stakes Preview

Saturday is the biggest day of the year at Parx: Pennsylvania Derby Day.  The card features a pair of million-dollar Grade 1 races for three-year-olds: the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion Stakes.  Both races often serve as final preps for three-year-olds before tackling older foes in the Breeders’ Cup.  And, as a nod to that,... Read more »

Back Where It All Began

I’ve hinted in prior writing for Picks & Ponderings that even though I’ve covered the Chicago circuit of Arlington and Hawthorne for years, I’m not originally from Chicago or its collar communities.  I’ve just never disclosed the information as to where I was prior to Chicago as it’s almost never germane to the discussion of... Read more »

2016 Pennsylvania Derby Day Stakes Preview

This Saturday is the biggest day of the year at Parx: Pennsylvania Derby Day.  The card features three graded stakes for the sophomore set, including two for seven-figure purses.  Those seven-figure races, the GII Pennsylvania Derby for open company and the GI Cotillion for fillies, drew some of the leading lights of the sophomore division:... Read more »

2015 Pennsylvania Derby Day Stakes Preview

The latest handicapping whistlestop for Picks & Ponderings takes us to Philadelphia and to Parx Racing.  Once again, two million dollar races go back-to-back on the program at Parx as their Fall Festival, and the year as a whole, reaches its high point.  The two million dollar races are for the three-year-olds in the G1 Cotillion... Read more »

2014 Pennsylvania Derby Day Stakes Preview

This weekend, Picks and Ponderings takes a figurative road trip to the City of Brotherly Love.  Saturday, September 20 marks the biggest day on the Parx Racing calendar: Pennsylvania Derby Day.  Three-year-old horses take much of the spotlight, with all three graded events restricted to sophomores.  The stakes schedule is rounded out by the Alphabet... Read more »

Racing Dudes Challenge 2

Two weeks 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 »