Archive for September 2019

2019 Rodeo Drive Stakes Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Stakes Selections

Breeders’ Cup prep hits fever pitch on Saturday, with stakes-laden cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita that have serious Breeders’ Cup implication.  Here at Picks and Ponderings, we’ll take a detailed look at the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1), a Win and You’re In race (and local prep) for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare... Read more »

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 »

2019 Pocahontas Stakes and Iroquois Stakes Preview

Surprise!  The leaves haven’t turned yellow yet, it’s still hot and humid this week, but the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the Road to the Kentucky Oaks both begin on Saturday at Churchill Downs, with the Iroquois Stakes (G3) for open two-year-old company, and the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) for juvenile fillies.  Both races offer... Read more »

2019 Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie Preview

The stakes portion of this summer’s Arlington meet draws to a close Saturday afternoon with a pair of juvenile races: the Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Arlington-Washington Lassie.  The races, seven-furlong listed polytrack stakes that offer purses of $75,000, are both the only two-year-old stakes on the calendar, and are once again the first juvenile races... Read more »

2019 Hopeful Stakes Preview

Though the beginning of the meet keeps getting earlier every year, it seems, we can still depend on Labor Day as the last day at the Spa.  The meet draws to a close Monday, though not before The Hopeful has been a fixture at Saratoga since 1904, and nowadays it is the first Grade 1... Read more »