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» Arlington Park Selections: May 25, 2015
05/25/15 12:55 from Blinkers Off
I apologise for the short form today, but I wanted to make sure my Arlington selections got up before first post.  I have a few notes on the races, but not full analysis.  As always, feel free to ping me on Twitter (@rogueclown) if you h...

» full-card Arlington picks and analysis: 5.24.15
05/24/15 11:04 from Blinkers Off
The second day of a three-day weekend has arrived, and once more Blinkers Off heads to Arlington for the day.  The weather is cooler and more overcast than yesterday, with a little mist falling at times throughout the Chicago area.  So f...

» Work All Week: Unlikely Champion Nearing Return
05/24/15 09:25 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
With the expected return of Work All Week in next Saturday’s Aristides at Churchill Downs, which would be his first start since a triumphant run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint , it would seem the perfect time to look back at the remarkable ...

» congratulations, Away Westward!
05/23/15 18:09 from Blinkers Off
Horses…it sounds so obvious.  We wouldn’t have horse racing without horses.  Strip away the grandstand, the clubhouse, the tote board, the rails…what does a day at the track boil down to?  Whose horse gets from point A ...

» full card Arlington picks and analysis: 5.23.15
05/23/15 11:42 from Blinkers Off
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and Saturday is the second of a four-day racing weekend at Arlington.  The weather has been good and dry this week, cooperative given the day’s turf-heavy card.  Five of the eight races today take p...

» 2015 Gamely Stakes Preview
05/22/15 22:23 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
A long weekend is upon us for Memorial Day, and with it comes stakes bookends here at Picks and Ponderings .  For Saturday, Paul Mazur looks north to Saturday's Nassau Stakes (GII - CAN) at Woodbine .  For Monday, I turn my eyes south an...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Gamely Stakes Preview
05/22/15 22:20 from Blinkers Off
We have a long weekend ahead of us, and the sole Grade I race of the weekend comes out west on Monday: the Gamely Stakes, for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth on the Santa Anita grass.  The field features a Grade I winner, a sma...

» The Triple Crown Quest of Bob Baffert
05/22/15 15:01 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
American race fans’ search for the next Triple Crown winner has been a long and arduous one. For trainer, Bob Baffert, it’s a personal quest, in which no single person has come closer to reaching in the past 36 years. Five times the silv...

» Chicago Railbird: 5.22.15
05/22/15 09:29 from Blinkers Off
This week’s Chicago Railbird takes a look at the Arlington 6th — a very loosely drawn N1X that, conditions-wise, looks well-crafted as a softball return for the multiple graded stakes placed Illinois-bred Amen Kitten.  Howeve...

» The Met Mile is Coming Up Huge
05/21/15 16:34 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
American Pharoah going for the Triple Crown by way of the Belmont Stakes is cool and all, but let’s get real -- it will not even be the best race on a crazy good racing card slated for June 6 at Belmont Park. That’s right, I said it. Top...

» say hello to Curlin’s fourth crop!
05/20/15 22:56 from Blinkers Off
Curlina Curlina is entered in tomorrow’s Santa Anita opener,  a four and a half furlong baby race. She will be the first member of Curlin’s fourth crop to race. Do I expect her to win?  Not particularly. Experience is not the...

» 2015 Nassau Stakes Preview
05/20/15 21:01 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
On a weekend with only a sprinkling of graded stakes (even though it is the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend) as opposed to the vast variety for Kentucky Derby Week and Preakness Week, Picks & Ponderings goes with a singleton race from e...

» Name These Rivals!
05/20/15 14:59 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Rival Clue #1 - Born the same year, and bred in the same state, both rivals would become racing millionaires. Rival Clue #2 - Each rival began their career as a juvenile in New York, and broke their maidens at Churchill Downs. Rival Clue...

» Triple Crown Heartbreak: Real Quiet and Victory Gallop
05/19/15 16:32 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Respect was slow to come for Real Quiet . A thin looking horse, the son of Quiet American didn’t break his maiden until his seventh start. He lost two races in Sante Fe, New Mexico before finally coming around at the tail end of his busy...

» goodbye, Diversy Harbor.
05/19/15 14:31 from Blinkers Off
We lost one of my favourite horses this week. I have followed Diversy Harbor since her the beginning of her racing career, and she appeared in the very first “This Week In Curlin Babies” I ever wrote.  She always stood out as...

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