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» an old friend, still with me
02/25/17 23:59 from Blinkers Off
On March 26, 2014, I was a horse racing neophyte.  Having followed the sport closely for less than a year by that point, I had far more enthusiasm than knowledge or sense.  (One could say that is still the case, though hopefully the gap ...

» Unified returns a winner in the Gulfstream Park Sprint
02/25/17 11:48 from NewsWire
Unified did not find an easy spot for his return, but he was ready to run. More than eight months away from the races, the Jimmy Jerkens -trained colt kept his record in one-turn races perfect with a front-running score in today's Grade ...

» Gunnevera is the Bargain of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Trail
02/24/17 05:54 from NewsWire
Some will pay more than others to try to find lightning in a bottle. A wonderful example of this can be found on the 2017 Kentucky Derby trail. While a high percentage of the top contenders were purchased for several hundred thousand dol...

» Kentucky Oaks winner could be running in the Rachel Alexandra
02/23/17 07:45 from NewsWire
It was not hard to see who the powers that be believe is the filly to beat in the 2017 Kentucky Oaks . Unique Bella was made an overwhelming favorite for the latest future wager which begins tomorrow. While I do believe she's the best th...

» Picks and Ponderings: Life, Death, and Words
02/22/17 22:16 from Blinkers Off
Tonight was ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour: everyone at ChicagoNow gets a topic, and we have an hour to write to that topic and publish a post.  Tonight’s topic? “Write about a book or publication that is special to you or has...

» Life, Death, and Words
02/22/17 22:00 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
In the summer of 1949, W. C. Heinz had an hour to sit at his typewriter and describe a harrowing race and its aftermath .  What he wrote in that hour, on that rainy day, bubbles to the front of my mind whenever I open up my laptop and st...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Preview
02/22/17 21:00 from Blinkers Off
This weekend, the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail revisit the Big Easy, just in time for Mardi Gras! The stakes are higher this weekend, with 50 points (instead of 10) now going to the winners.  And, for the Derby-bound, that brought out ...

» 2017 Risen Star Stakes and Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview
02/22/17 20:56 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This weekend, stakes get higher on the three-year-old trails.  The first 50-point preps show up on the calendar this week, and  Picks and Ponderings  dives into a pair of hotly contested preps in the Big Easy. Fourteen runners with Kentu...

» Arrogate tops my NTRA Top 10 Poll
02/22/17 02:12 from NewsWire
With so much of American horse racing talk centered around the 2017 Kentucky Derby trail right now, I thought it would be fun to open things up and look at the best of the best in all divisions. Below is my personal Top 10 that I submitt...

» ranking Classic Empire
02/21/17 14:52 from Blinkers Off
For the first few weeks of the NTRA three-year-old poll, Classic Empire sat atop.  The first ballot came before the Holy Bull.  After his flat third the Holy Bull, most voters dropped him from the top slot…but I kept him on top.  Y...

» Remember This Race?
02/21/17 13:59 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 - A small but select field of six lined up for this historic Grade 1 affair.  Race Clue #2 - The clear favorite was the defending Horse of the Year, while the third and fourth choices were both classic winners. Race Clu...

» Gun Runner romps impressively in the Razorback Handicap
02/20/17 10:56 from NewsWire
First race of the year? It was absolutely no problem at all for  Gun Runner . In his first since November, the classy chestnut romped home a very impressive 5 3/4-length winner in today's $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park....

» winter days in Tampa Bay
02/19/17 18:41 from Blinkers Off
Last weekend, I headed back out to Tampa for a few days of horses and friends.  A few of my pictures from my trip were published in my article at Brisnet.  But, I got far more pictures than that…so come, take a look, and enjoy a lo...

» Jenda's Agenda impresses like Mom
02/19/17 12:35 from NewsWire
Just Jenda was a very good filly for Larry and Cindy Jones. She won seven stakes races in a career that spanned 17 lifetime races over three seasons of racing. The daughter of Menifee went out a winner in 2010, winning the Grade 2 Molly ...

» High Ridge Road nips By The Moon in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie
02/18/17 10:22 from NewsWire
With one mare flying on the far outside, and one mare reaching for the wire on the rail, it turned out to be a thriller in today's Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park . Very little separated High Ridge Road and By the Moon at the end...

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