Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

The Louisiana spurs of the Derby trail and the Oaks Trails reach their culmination this weekend with the Louisiana Derby (G2) and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).  Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview both.

Farrell has owned the fillies’ preps — can anyone beat her?  Guest Suite and Girvin have won the two open-company preps so far — will one of them repeat, or will a new face make it three different points race winners in the Big Easy?

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s three-year-old preps at Fair Grounds, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Picks and Ponderings: Hawthorne Carryover Sequences

Today at Hawthorne, there’s a carryover into both the early Pick 4 as well as the Pick 5, thanks to a 60/1 stunner by Meadowlee’s Afleet in yesterday’s second race.

Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at the sequence.  I have it in A/B/C/X format, discussing the horses with strong chances, lesser chances, and no chances through the sequence.

With the carryovers, and with neither being a jackpot pool, it’s worth taking your shot this afternoon.  First post is at 4:10…so there’s plenty of time to come down from the action in Dubai, read my preview, and play your ticket!

Picks and Ponderings: Dubai World Cup Preview

Tomorrow’s card at Meydan is a big one: nine graded stakes, including the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

Over at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I preview the day’s feature race horse by horse — tabbing the best of the best, the live longshots, and the underlays to play against. I also have my analysis of the UAE Derby and the Dubai Turf, as well as my picks for all nine races, in a separate piece.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, watch our video preview of the Dubai World Cup, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Picks and Ponderings: Dubai World Cup Day

Dubai World Cup Day is almost upon us!

Over at Picks and Ponderings, I have an in-depth preview of two of the races.  The Dubai Turf features several familiar faces from last summer at Arlington, and often features horses who turn out to be among the top of the world middle-distance turf set.  The UAE Derby, though only a Group 2, does ring in the season of 100-point Kentucky Derby prep races.

In addition, I will be posting a grid of my selections for the rest of the World Cup Day card at Meydan.  And, coming on Friday, Paul Mazur and I will be previewing the day’s feature, the Dubai World Cup.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, and start getting ready for a great day of racing at Meydan!

Picks and Ponderings: Scenes from Spring at Hawthorne

I love Hawthorne.

I can’t believe we’re three weeks into the meet already.  I’ve been out there every race day so far, and it has been so nice to be back home.  Seeing all the horses who make my home circuit what I love has been such a treat.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, take a look at my photo gallery from the first three weeks at Hawthorne, and let me know your thoughts (or Hawthorne memories!) in the comments.

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Rebel Stakes Preview

This Saturday, the Oaklawn spur of the Kentucky Derby trail continues with the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes.

Bob Baffert has been dominant in this race in recent years, and sends out another solid entry this year in American Anthem.  But, ten others will try to put his streak on halt.  The field includes several from the Oaklawn series, including Uncontested, Petrov, and Lookin at Lee.  Steve Asmussen also sends his solid Fair Grounds horse, Untrapped.  Todd Pletcher doesn’t send out Southwest winner One Liner — but he does send Malagacy for his stakes Debut.  American Anthem isn’t the only west coast shipper — Lewis winner Royal Mo comes, too.  And, a few other real long shots come to try and spoil the party.

Who do I like?  Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s Rebel Stakes, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Santa Anita Handicap Day Preview

Saturday’s card at Santa Anita is a huge one, and I’ve taken a dive into all five of the stakes races.

The card features a trio of Grade 1 events.  In addition to the Big ‘Cap, sprinters also get a top-level chance in the Triple Bend, and turf milers line up for the Kilroe.  The Grade 2 San Felipe drew a small field, but features a showdown of the west coast’s two marquee sophomore males: Gormley and Mastery.  And, the China Doll drew an overflow field of sophomore fillies to go a mile on the grass, a mix of proven stakes horses and newer faces.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Saturday’s stakes action at Santa Anita, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Picks and Ponderings: Friday’s Double-Carryover Pick 5 at Hawthorne

This Friday’s card at Hawthorne has been drawn.  All eyes will be on the first five races: no one hit the Pick 5 on either of the first two days of the meet, so there’s a two-day carryover of over $30,000.  Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at the sequence.

Hawthorne made it a tough sequence: three maiden races, laden with lightly-raced horses, and a pair of salty and competitive claimers.  There are live price horses through the sequence, and anyone who hits should be nicely rewarded.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of Friday’s Pick 5 sequence, and good luck when you play!

Picks and Ponderings: Fountain of Youth and Davona Dale Preview

The roads to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks continue this weekend.  Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at a pair of Grade 2 sophomore preps in Florida, the Fountain of Youth and the Davona Dale.

The Fountain of Youth features Irish War Cry, a promising son of Curlin (and currently at the top of my Derby Top Ten), against ten foes.  As often happens in Florida this time of year, the road won’t be easy.  His foes include Practical Joke, Gunnevera, and Made You Look (going first-time dirt).

In the Davona Dale, a full field of fourteen will compete for Kentucky Oaks points.  That field includes proven graded stakes winners including Pretty City Dancer and Miss Sky Warrior, as well as many others who are trying to carve out a place on the Oaks trail.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of the Fountain of Youth and the Davona Dale, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!