the career maiden

This summer I started an email newsletter, which goes out once every week or two, called The Career Maiden. It contains links to all my writing, links to a few things I read since the last newsletter, and a #CuteNoseAlert.

I mentioned it in passing when sharing a video about Haru Urara back in the summer, though I never really announced it here.  I never really saw the need to — after all, if you read Blinkers Off, you get links to all my writing already.  It seemed redundant.

I always start it with a short introduction or musing, usually about horses.

I thought to mention the newsletter here in detail, finally, because today’s introduction was not exactly so…short.  It takes up most of the newsletter.  I published it there instead of here because it’s a bit more personal than racing related.  It’s more about the dream of making a life in racing than it is about the sport itself.

If you want to get updates on my writing in your email every week, 0r if you enjoy the newsletters in the archive, you should subscribe to The Career Maiden.

The Tournament Edge: Finding My Foundation

My series about my first live contest concludes today at The Tournament Edge.

The first and second parts of this series were a bit heavy on the doom and gloom: anxiety about what was to come, things I screwed up during the actual contest.  But, despite my natural pessimism, not everything went poorly.  I did a few things right, and I conclude the series by discussing a few things I did that helped me build a solid foundation to move forward in live contest play.

Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Claiming Crown Preview

Gulfstream opens Saturday, and we all know what that means: Claiming Crown Day!

I love the Claiming Crown — love, love, love the Claiming Crown.  As someone who spends so much of my time handicapping, following, and adoring claiming horses, I love that racing takes a day to put them on centre stage.

And, if you are coming into it from more of a wagering perspective?  The Claiming Crown features huge, well-matched fields.  There’s something in it for everyone.

In my latest piece for Picks and Ponderings, I preview the pair of turf routes, the Emerald and the Tiara.  In addition, I will have picks for all nine of Saturday’s stakes races at Gulfstream.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, and get ready for one of the best race days of the year: the Claiming Crown!

Picks and Ponderings: Yes, There *Are* More Than Three Horse Races a Year

ChicagoNow (the blog network that hosts Picks and Ponderings) has long done a thing called “Blogapalooz-hour”: one topic, one hour, one blog post.  I’ve always been curious to do it, but never had the guts.  I was never sure I would be able to write something about a random topic that both pertained to horse racing and did not feel forced to be on topic.

For some reason, I got it in my head this month that I Would Do Tonight’s Blogapalooz-hour.

The prompt asked you to write “about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true.”  Fortunately, I had one horse racing-related misconception from my youth that haunts me, and will continue to haunt me for the rest of my life.  So, I wrote about it.

Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Preview

This weekend features the first stakes race of the year at Hawthorne: the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante!

The race drew a contentious field of eleven horses.  Though Illinois-bred stakes for juveniles tend to be rife with maidens taking their shot, just three of the entrants have yet to earn their diplomas.  The field also includes the most impressive Illinois-bred juvenile filly I have seen this year.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, and let me know in the comments what you think!

The Tournament Edge: Lessons Learned

Monday, I published the first part of my series about my experience playing a live contest for the first time.  It covered my preparation before the tournament: Analysis Paralysis.

Today, I published part two: Lessons Learned.  As much as I hoped my first live contest would turn out a fairy tale — it didn’t.  But, I saw a few things that I could have done better, and will help me improve my game for next time.

Head to The Tournament Edge, and find out what my first live contest taught me.

Picks and Ponderings: Thursday Superfecta Carryover at Hawthorne

I do not always write up $5,000 beaten claimers over at Picks and Ponderings, but when I do, I have a good reason for it.

The superfecta pool for Thursday’s Hawthorne 1st features a carryover of $15,659, and the whole pool pays if any ticket hits the wager.  So, even if you do not typically play superfectas, it’s worth putting together a ticket and taking your shot.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my analysis of Thursday’s opener, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

The Tournament Edge: Analysis Paralysis

Last Friday, I played my first live contest.

Over at The Tournament Edge, I am publishing a three-part series about my experience playing it.  The first part of the series discusses my experience preparing for the contest.  The contest took me out of my comfort zone — and much of that was due to the voluminous preparation.

So, head over to The Tournament Edge and read my reflections on preparing for Friday’s NHC qualifier at Hawthorne.  And, stay tuned: the series will continue on Wednesday and Friday.