The graded stakes calendar continues at Arlington this Saturday with the Arlington Matron. In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I set out to beat the chalk.
This Monday at Santa Anita features three Grade 1 races: the Gamely for turf fillies and mares, the Shoemaker Mile for open-company milers on the lawn, and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita for the handicap division. They’re each an intriguing mix of West Coast denizens and shippers, and I discuss all three in my latest at Picks and Ponderings.
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at Friday’s featured race at Pimlico: the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for three-year-old fillies!
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look back at Lanier’s dominant victory in the Hanshin Cup: his first stakes victory, and the first for his trainer Brett Santangelo as well.
Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a horse-by-horse look at this year’s Kentucky Derby, and share my selections in the races there all day long!
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, read my thoughts about Friday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks!
Tomorrow is closing day for Hawthorne’s spring meet — and in my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at every race on the card!
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.
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 for the day’s eight other stakes races in a spreadsheet at the bottom of this post.
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.
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.
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 us on Twitter at @picksponderings for live updates, paddock notes, and information about Saturday’s stakes-laden card at Tampa Bay Downs.
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at the first two three-year-old points races of the Gulfstream meet: the Holy Bull (G2) for open company, and the Forward Gal (G3) for fillies.