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» Full-card Arlington picks and analysis: 8.1.15
08/01/15 12:15 from Blinkers Off
Today’s Arlington card features a pair of stakes for state-bred sprinters.  These two races are part of a late pick four already seeded with a $14,171.92 carryover.  The card also features a maiden special weight for two-year-olds,...

» Scenes from West Virginia Derby Day
08/01/15 08:57 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
On my first ever visit to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort , I thought it would be nice to capture the scenes from West Virginia Derby Day, for all those people like me, who have never been here before. The racing card is jam p...

» Chicago Railbird: 8.1.15
08/01/15 00:16 from Blinkers Off
Tomorrow at Arlington, the older Illinois-bred sprinters get a chance to shine.  The card features a pair of races for the older sprinting set.  The Addison Cammack Handicap is open to all Illinois-breds three and up; the Isaac Murphy Ha...

» Thank You, Nation -- We’ve Reached 200,000 Facebook Fans!
07/31/15 05:25 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
I do it every so often, but today is definitely a time to say thank you to all of our fans at Horse Racing Nation. I am grateful, humbled, and more than a little overwhelmed to announce that our little racing website has reached 200,000 ...

» Picks and Ponderings: weekend stakes racing
07/30/15 20:49 from Blinkers Off
Saturday’s card at Saratoga has four graded stakes races.  The card contains a pair of Grade II stakes races for three-year-olds: the Jim Dandy for two-turn types, and the Amsterdam for sprinters.  I preview both of those.  Of cour...

» 2015 Haskell Invitational Preview
07/30/15 20:37 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This year's edition of the Haskell boasts a $1,750,000 purse, up from $1,000,000 last year, as well as a Win And You're In bid into the Breeders' Cup Classic.  The purse increase was announced just Wednesday afternoon, less than twenty-f...

» 2015 Addison Cammack & Isaac Murphy Handicap Preview
07/30/15 20:32 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
After a week off from the Arlington summer stakes campaign (due to scant nominees), the northwest suburban oval kicks off August and its second month of stakes with a pair of stakes on its card.  Illinois-bred sprinters are the focus in ...

» Frosted and Texas Red headline Saratoga’s Jim Dandy
07/30/15 05:23 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Once characterized as a Supervillain on these very pages, it turns out Frosted has no evil tendencies whatsoever. Rather he is only a very talented horse, who probably has not yet won as many times as his ability suggests he could. The g...

» Moulin de Mougin, and the great outdoors…
07/30/15 00:31 from Blinkers Off
One day last summer, I wanted to sit outside…just one.  It was a day in August, the Sunday before Million week.  Going out seemed like a terrible idea, since I would have to be up before dawn for morning works.  Still, I felt compe...

» 2015 Vanderbilt Handicap Day Stakes Preview
07/29/15 23:45 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Horse racing's summer season kicks in to high gear this weekend.  Of course, the summer season includes Saratoga Race Course and Picks & Ponderings in this space looks at the stakes quartet carded for the first of August, headlined b...

» Chicago Railbird: 7.29.15
07/29/15 22:51 from Blinkers Off
This week, Chicago Railbird takes a look at rider Jose Valdivia, Jr.  He had a blazing hot week last week, and is staring down Mitchell Murrill at the top of the rider standings at Arlington.  This week’s column takes a look at whe...

» Racetrack Road Tripping or: Chasing American Pharoah
07/29/15 07:06 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
On the road again; working in the horse racing industry is rarely dull, especially so when there is a Triple Crown Champion in our midst. Yet as rewarding as my personal punching of the clock can be, there is just something so appealing ...

» Hitting the Road for the Sport I Love or: Chasing American Pharoah
07/29/15 07:06 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
On the road again; working in the horse racing industry is rarely dull, especially so when there is a Triple Crown Champion in our midst. Yet as rewarding as my personal punching of the clock can be, there is just something so appealing ...

» Remember This Race?
07/28/15 14:59 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Race Clue #1 -  A field of ten lined up for this prestigious and historic one-turn race. Race Clue #2 - The field included two horses who had dead-heated in a Grade 1 race the month before, beating a future Breeders’ Cup winner in t...

» Spotlight On…Read to Me
07/27/15 18:45 from Blinkers Off
Welcome to the first installment of “Spotlight On…” Plenty of attention is showered on top performances in stakes races.  However, day in and day out, horses at all levels of the sport put on great performances: dazzlin...

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