Picks and Ponderings: Travers Day!

The biggest day of the Saratoga meet is almost upon us: Travers Day. Over at Picks and Ponderings, we dive into all the stakes on the card: six Grade I events and a Grade II.  I handicap the Travers Stakes (GI), the Forego Stakes (GI), the Personal Ensign (GI), and the Ballston Spa (GII).  Paul... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Derby Day!

Two weeks ago, I went to the Kentucky Derby with Candice. It was my first trip to the Derby (though not my first to Churchill Downs), and my first to any Triple Crown race.  It was a bit different than I expected, mainly because I am so used to being a railbird, and yet general... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Kentucky Derby Preview

Historically, Picks and Ponderings has done a point-counterpoint for the Kentucky Derby, with Paul Mazur and Chris Hernandez duking it out over the Derby field.  However, since I joined Picks and Ponderings in the time since the last Derby, that point-counterpoint has become a roundtable. A few horses we agree on.  Others, less so.  However,... Continue Reading →

2015 fantasy stable: week 11 postmortem

Another week, more tough cookies. Two of my horses raced last weekend.  One of them looked, at least from my handicapping perspective, like he would bring some points.  One I did not like given the field, but I sat back and hoped for the best. Neither hit the board. However, a once-familiar face did.  Frosted,... Continue Reading →

2015 fantasy stable: week 6 postmortem

Last week was a quiet one for my stable.  Curlin's Fox had been entered in the Santa Ysabel (GIII), but she scratched.  Instead, she is staying on the grass, and appearing this coming Saturday in the China Doll.  That race is a strong spot for her, since she should love the added distance, but a... Continue Reading →

2015 fantasy stable: week 5 postmortem

This weekend featured some exciting races, some disappointment, and a bumper crop of draft anxiety. Three of my horses raced over the course of the weekend.  One of them, Ekati's Phaeton, sprung a wire-to-wire surprise that netted my stable a healthy injection of points.  Another, Keen Ice, bolstered the cause.  A third, Frosted, looked like... Continue Reading →

2015 fantasy stable: week 1

The Holy Bull and the Forward Gal are next weekend, and this can only mean one thing: the beginning of the Derbyologist Triple Crown Fantasy League!  Last year I played, and wrote regular updates here; this year, the same plan is in the cards. The draft was tonight, and overall I'm happy with how it... Continue Reading →

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