Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Arlington Classic Preview

The stakes season at Arlington resumes this Saturday with the Grade 3 Arlington Classic.  It is the first of three graded turf races for open-company sophomores, a series which continues through the American Derby (G3) and the Secretariat Stakes (G1).  It drew a field of ten horses — some locals, some shippers — trying to get the summer turf season off to the right start.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s Arlington Classic, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Forbes.com: Preakness Betting Guide

Before each of the Triple Crown races Forbes.com publishes a betting guide, and tomorrow’s Preakness is no different.  Teresa Genaro gathers a group of handicappers to discuss the race from multiple perspectives, and

Team TTE is well represented, as Barbara Bowley and I put our heads together for a section of it.  Make sure to read it, and see what we have to say about making some money playing tomorrow’s Preakness!

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Preakness Preview

The Preakness Stakes is coming up this Saturday.  And, over at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I have taken a deep dive into the ten horses who will vie for Classic glory in Baltimore.

In addition, both of us have handicapped all the stakes races on the loaded undercard.  Take a look at who we like — and if you’ve got any questions, tweet us or post a comment, because we’d love to talk.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read our preview of the Preakness and our Saturday stakes picks, and let us know your thoughts!

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Preview

We head into Preakness Week.  Entries for the second jewel of the Triple Crown will not be drawn until Wednesday, but we already know the contenders for Friday’s stakes-laden card at Pimlico.  Over at Picks and Ponderings, I dive into the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the feature.  In addition, both Paul Mazur and I will share our selections for the stakes on Friday’s Pimlico card.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of the Black-Eyed Susan, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Hanshin Cup Recap

The stakes portion of the Arlington summer meet got underway Saturday with a well-matched renewal of the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup.

When all was said and done…the winning horse came as a surprise to most, though he will be familiar to anyone who follows the Chicago circuit closely.  The winning trainer, long active in Chicago, got her long-awaited first graded stakes win.  Head over to Picks and Ponderings, and catch up on the first stakes race of the meet!

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Hanshin Cup Preview

This Saturday’s card at Arlington is excellent — nine competitive races, including the first stakes of the season, the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup.  The one-turn polytrack mile drew a field of eleven, including defending champion Trace Creek, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, and ultra-dependable local Valiant City.  Anyone could win…but who will?

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s Hanshin Cup at Arlington, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

a few more thoughts on Conquest Mo Money

One of my favourite stories of the Triple Crown prep season ended up having very little to do with the Kentucky Derby: that of Conquest Mo Money.  The son of Uncle Mo, an $8,500 Keeneland November bargain for owner Judge Lanier Racing, emerged as the top Sunland Park-based three-year-old this spring.  He beat eventual Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap in the Mine That Bird Derby.  He held his own in the Sunland Derby (G3), finishing second behind Hence after being closer to a blazing pace.  Then, he shipped to Arkansas and proved he wasn’t just a Sunland wonder.  Conquest Mo Money was right up on a contested pace in the Arkansas Derby (G1), and in a race that set up so nicely for off-pace types, he was just barely passed by Classic Empire.  Still, second place was good enough to give him a shot in the Derby if he wanted it.

Instead, at a press conference after the Arkansas Derby, Tom McKenna of Judge Lanier Racing announced that Conquest Mo Money would bypass the Kentucky Derby and go to the Preakness instead.  At first blush, it was a disappointment.

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Picks and Ponderings: Kentucky Derby Point/Counterpoint

Over at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I have tackled the Kentucky Derby field!

As always we go horse-by-horse, point/counterpoint.  Some horses, we see fairly similarly.  Others, we disagree on.  As always, we’re full of both information and snark.

In addition, I share my picks — including longshots — in all the stakes races this Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Though, you’ll be hard pressed to find a longer shot than my top overall pick in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), a runner in perfect form to try a bit of an ambitious spot (particularly if the rain in the forecast comes to fruition).

So, head over to Picks and Ponderings, get to know the Derby field, and let us know your thoughts on Saturday’s Churchill Downs action in the comments!

Kentucky Derby Fever – Kentucky Derby Preview

Through the Derby prep season, I participated on a Derby horse poll at Kentucky Derby Fever with a few other folks on Twitter.  Last night, a few of us from the poll came together to talk about the Derby:  Shawn Frank (@CashWinningTix – who runs Kentucky Derby Fever), John Piassek (@theyreoff), DCDino (@DCDNO), and Vinny Blond and Nick Walrath (@PicksByDynasty).

Among the six of us…we have some wildly different opinions on the Derby field, and commentary to get you thinking.

Take a listen — and see the entire Kentucky Derby field from all the angles!