Chicago Race of the Day has hit episode 10! And, for our Episode 10 Spectacular...okay, I won't take this too far. But, I do jump headlong into Saturday's 9th race at Arlington, a seven-furlong maiden claimer on the polytrack that features a pace play I really like, as well as a maiden I've been looking... Continue Reading →
Arlington starts a four-day race week for Memorial Day: Friday through Monday. I'll have a Race of the Day for each, of course! Let's look now at Friday's 9th race, a six-and-a-half furlong allowance optional claimer on the polytrack. I talk a bit about six-and-a-half furlong races as well as a tried and true Chicago... Continue Reading →
Ready to talk Illinois-bred maidens? In the latest episode of Chicago Race of the Day, I delve into the Arlington 7th on Saturday, May 17: an Illinois-bred maiden special weight. I point out a few pedigree facts...and may grumble, just a tiny bit, about a beat that happened five years ago, because we all have... Continue Reading →
In the latest episode of Chicago Race of the Day, I discuss Friday's Arlington 1st. If you've ever been curious about how to use the conditions of a race in order to find good options for beating suspicious chalk? This episode of the podcast is your step-by-step guide on how to do so, in light... Continue Reading →
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.
In the latest episode of Chicago Race of the Day, I discuss Sunday's Arlington 6th: an Illinois-bred allowance featuring a horse who is tailor-made to get me very excited. That's right, it features an Illinois-bred Curlin baby! Listen to Chicago Race of the Day right here, or subscribe on Stitcher, Google Play, or through the RSS feed! Chicago... Continue Reading →
Episode 4 of Chicago Race of the Day brings us to the first stakes race of the meet, the Hanshin Cup -- as well as gives us a look back on the return of a very talented sprinter who showed on Friday that he should be ready to make noise through the summer. Listen to... Continue Reading →
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at the first stakes race of the Arlington summer meet, and one of my favourite races of the year because it is such a rara avis: the Hanshin Cup.
For the third day of the Arlington meet, I take a look at Friday's seventh race: a turf dash allowance that lured in some serious class horses like Shogood and Wellabled, as well as some newer faces you'll be hearing from through the course of the meet. Listen to Chicago Race of the Day right... Continue Reading →
Welcome to the latest episode of my new podcast, Chicago Race of the Day! For the second day of the Arlington meet, we dive into Saturday's 9th race, an allowance optional claiming sprint for three-year-old fillies, which features a proven stakes horse as well as an up-and-comer who looked like a rising star this spring... Continue Reading →
It's opening day at Arlington Park -- and to celebrate, I'm starting a new podcast! Each episode will be short: a bite-sized look at one race, with all kinds of Chicago-area handicapping insight, horse information, and anecdotes along the way. Listen to my first episode -- about today's Arlington 7th - right here! Chicago Race... Continue Reading →
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 →
Tomorrow's Million Day card at Arlington is full of stakes races -- but a cashed ticket on the undercard is just as good as one in a stakes race! Over at the TwinSpires blog, I have spot plays in three of the undercard races. Two of the plays are in juvenile maiden races -- you... Continue Reading →
This race is named after Pucker Up, the 1957 Champion Older Female Horse. Owned by Dan and Ada Rice (who campaigned 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair) and trained by Jimmy Conway, she went on a tear at age four. At Arlington, she beat her own sex in the Arlington Matron. Out at Washington Park,... Continue Reading →
The centerpiece of the summer meet at Arlington is the Arlington Million: the world's first million-dollar Thoroughbred race when it was inaugurated in 1981. Its first running is commemorated with a statue overlooking the paddock at Arlington Park: a replica of the tight photo finish that went to John Henry over The Bart. A field... Continue Reading →