» Holy Bull Recap: Upstart Runs a Nice One
01/26/15 14:22 from Chicago Railbird
» Illinois-bred champions: my thoughts
01/25/15 23:39 from Blinkers Off
The Eclipse awards may be over, but the time to select the Illinois-bred award winners for 2014 is nigh. Though I do not have a vote, who I would pick in each division is a thought that has more than occasionally crossed my mind, partic...
» Sportive cuts through the fog to win the Portland Mile
01/25/15 14:28 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Sometimes you eat the fog, and sometimes the fog eats you. Such was the case today at scenic Portland Meadows on the occasion of the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile . The signature event of Oregon’s top track turned out ...
» Voting for 2014's Illinois Equine Champions
01/25/15 11:26 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Picks & Ponderings is proud to announce that it is voting once again for equine champions in Illinois. Votes are made for Illinois Horse of the Year, as well as in a number of different age- and gender-restricted categories. Said vot...
» Welcome Back, Sugar Shock!
01/24/15 12:15 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Once upon a time, an impressive young filly left Oaklawn Park hotter than a pepper sprout. After stringing together a quartet of consecutive wins, with only a disqualification standing in her way of a perfect local record, she lef...
» Chicago Railbird: 1.23.15
01/23/15 17:42 from Blinkers Off
Though I typically handicap Hawthorne and Arlington at Chicago Railbird, this weekend’s American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn drew so many familiar horses from the local circuit that, on field alone, it could very well be a group that ...
» The Best of Illinois Racing in 2014
01/23/15 09:57 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
It’s that time again. With the Eclipse Awards in the books, I am happy to shine the spotlight on the home team. Whether they were running at Arlington Park , Hawthorne Race Course , Fairmount Park , or racetracks outside the state...
» The Fifty Dollar Trail Starts with The Holy Bull
01/22/15 14:03 from Chicago Railbird
» Unveil the Fifty Dollar Trail -- The Holy Bull
01/22/15 13:22 from Chicago Railbird
» Kentucky Derby 2015 - The Top 25
01/22/15 07:02 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
1. Texas Red ( Afleet Alex - Ramatuelle (CHI) , by Jeune Homme ) – Cannot wait to see what the author of the best juvenile race of 2014 can do as a more mature colt. He sure looks the part of a ten furlong horse to me. Steady work...
» 2015 Forward Gal Stakes Preview
01/21/15 23:24 from Blinkers Off
This week, the Kentucky Oaks trail goes to Gulfstream Park for the Forward Gal Stakes (GII). A seven-furlong sprint over the Gulfstream dirt, this race is the first of three Oaks points races through the winter and spring at the South F...
» Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Holy Bull Day Stakes Preview
01/21/15 17:16 from Blinkers Off
The Derby and Oaks Trails fly south for the weekend, as the first of Gulfstream’s official prep races are run this Saturday. Kentucky Derby points are at stake in the Holy Bull Stakes (GII); the fillies vie for Oaks points in the ...
» 2015 Holy Bull Day Stakes Preview
01/21/15 17:08 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
More than other group, the three-year-olds get the ink and the stories most times in racing. Whether they're chasing that Kentucky Derby prize or are a late-developing Breeders' Cup type, the progress of three-year-olds is scrutinized a...
» Who Am I ???
01/21/15 13:59 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
*Bred in Kentucky, I began my career in New York during the summer of my juvenile year. *A winner of better than my 40% of my career starts, the best I could do as a juvenile was a 2nd place finish. *When I finally did brea...
» Mubtaahij could be Kentucky Derby bound for de Kock
01/20/15 14:37 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Maybe these Mike de Kock horses can run on dirt after all. In fact, maybe one of them can run so well on dirt that he will make the trip all the way to the United States for the 2015 Kentucky Derby . Nevermind that Mike de Kock po...