they breatheheartbeat, batteryhay -they are theatre tryoneabhorrent to thebettor, onenotjet, roar, banterthen onebeat abaryon another, to earn honoron the throne Yesterday, while poking around the internet for poetic ideas, I stumbled across a French collective called the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (OULIPO), the Workshop of Potential Literature. It was my first time hearing of this... Continue Reading →
It's a sad day for the Thoroughbred breed, with the news that stallion Pioneerof the Nile has passed away at the age of 13. In my latest at Past the Wire, I take a look at his career, particularly the highlights of his stallion career.
I'm doing pretty well in Big Race Showdown so far this season -- six weeks in, I'm leading the pack with six winners in twelve races! This week, we tackle both divisions of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. See who Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, Dan Cronin, and I all like, and let... Continue Reading →
The Derby Trail returns to Oaklawn Park this Saturday with the Rebel Stakes (G2). The race split into two divisions, given the wave of California shippers, and each division would pass as its own standalone Derby prep. In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I preview both divisions of the 2019 Rebel Stakes.
This week at Past the Wire, I turned my attention to the OBS March sale of two-year-olds in training. I took detailed looks at both Day One and Day Two, focusing on sire and buyer trends, major hips, and how the American Pharoah foals are doing. So, make sure to read both of my recaps,... Continue Reading →
This week, the Big Race Showdown panel tackles a trio of Derby preps: the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), the Gotham (G3), and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)! Joining me on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Read on for our top picks, and who we think can run into... Continue Reading →
Starting this week, I've come on as a contributing writer at Past the Wire, writing racing news pieces a couple of times a week. My first went live today, about Shaun Bridgmohan missing the rest of the Fair Grounds meet due to injury.
Season 1 of the 2019 Big Race Showdown continues this Saturday with The Fountain of Youth (G2), Gulfstream's local prep for the Florida Derby! Joining me on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Read on for our top picks, and who we think can run into the money for some... Continue Reading →
Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park is headlined by the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.Here at Picks and Ponderings, we have a full preview of the Fountain of Youth, a race which offers a purse of $400,000 as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points (50-20-10-5) to its top four finishers.We also provide selections... Continue Reading →
Racing may still be on hiatus in Chicago for another three weeks, but that doesn't mean we aren't following locals in big races. This Saturday's card at Gulfstream is anchored by the Hal's Hope Stakes (G3), a race that marks the four-year-old debut of Illinois-bred rising star Sir Anthony. Read on in my latest at... Continue Reading →
Season 1 of the 2019 Big Race Showdown continues this week with the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds and the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields! Joining me on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Read on for our top picks, and who we think can run... Continue Reading →
The stakes on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trails go up this Saturday at Fair Grounds, with the first of the 50-point preps. Both the Risen Star (G2) and the Rachel Alexandra (G2) drew large, intriguing fields -- and I tackle both in my latest at Picks and Ponderings.
The Sam F. Davis Stakes has become a favourite part of my racing calendar. In this piece at Brisnet.com I talk about why, and talk about some of the most memorable moments of Saturday's Festival Preview Day.
I’m thrilled to return to the panel for the Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing this year! Also on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Each week we’ll zoom in on a few of the biggest races, share our top picks, and have a little friendly competition to see... Continue Reading →
This weekend, the Derby trail visits Tampa Bay Downs -- and so does Picks and Ponderings. We visit in a sense of writing this preview of all four stakes races on Saturday's card. But, we also visit in a literal sense. This half of P&P will be on the ground at Tampa Bay Downs, so make sure to follow... Continue Reading →