Category: Santa Anita

2018 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Preview

Picks and Ponderings‘s coast-to-coast coverage of three-year-old points races continues here, with the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. We have already made our visit to sunny Gulfstream in a previous piece, discussing Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes (G2) and the Forward Gal Stakes (G3).  We will also have pieces analyzing Saturday’s Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, as... Read more »

2018 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features the first chance for the Derby-bound to get points in 2018, with the Grade 3 Sham Stakes.  Sunday, however, is all about the fillies: the day’s feature, the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes, is the first Kentucky Oaks points race of the year. As with so many stakes races... Read more »

2018 Sham Stakes Preview

Thoroughbred racing has concluded at Hawthorne, not to return until late March.  With that, Picks and Ponderings will be casting its eyes afield, focusing most strongly on the three-year-old prep season. The Jerome, originally scheduled for New Year’s Day, was supposed to be the first race on the Derby Trail this year.  However, bitter cold... Read more »
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2017 Malibu Stakes Day Preview

After a quiet week and a half in Southern California, the Santa Anita winter meet opens up on Tuesday, December 26 at Santa Anita.  The opening day card features a four-pack of stakes: opening-day mainstays the Malibu Stakes (G1), La Brea Stakes (G1), and Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) for sophomores, as well as the newly... Read more »

2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

With five weeks until the Breeders’ Cup, many of the marquee prospects for our sport’s biggest weekend have penciled in their final prep races for this weekend.  Thanks to that, Saturday’s cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita are chock full of graded stakes. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic... Read more »

2017 Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks Preview

With the injuries of Mastery and Unique Bella, the Derby and Oaks trails on the west coast have become the most muddled three-year-old series in an unclear year from coast to coast.  This Saturday’s races, the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), present one more chance for starts to emerge on the... Read more »
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2017 Santa Anita Handicap Day Preview

This Saturday, Picks and Ponderings goes west for a big day of racing — specifically, Big ‘Cap Day.  Anchored by the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), the card at Santa Anita features a total of five graded stakes races.  In addition to the Big ‘Cap, there are two other Grade 1 races: The Triple Bend for... Read more »

2017 Santa Ynez Stakes Preview

Saturday, the Kentucky Derby dreamers had their day at Santa Anita in the Sham Stakes.  Sunday belongs to the fillies, in the 66th running of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. As with so many stakes races at Santa Anita, this race takes its name from a place on the map.  Santa Ynez, California, a... Read more »

2017 Sham Stakes Day Preview

Although the $200,000 G2 San Gabriel Stakes is the purse feature of this weekend’s action, the focus of the thoroughbred world turns to the glamour division: three-year-olds.  There’s an up-to-the-nanosecond Kentucky Derby countdown somewhere and a future pool some place that allow you to get in the mood for those Finest Two Minutes. So this... Read more »
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2016 American Oaks Day Preview

Racing happens throughout the nation on New Year’s Eve, but only one American track features graded stakes action: Santa Anita Park.  So, Picks and Ponderings ventures back to the Great Race Place to preview Saturday’s stakes action there. Sophomore turf fillies shine in the final Grade I of the year: the American Oaks, which had... Read more »