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» Who Am I ???
12/06/16 13:59 from NewsWire
*Bred in Ireland, I began my racing career in England where I ran in nothing but sprints at two.   *A two-time winner as a juvenile, I began my second season in an English classic.   *I won two stakes at three, but my best resu...

» Horse Racing Rankings for December 5, 2016
12/05/16 10:52 from NewsWire
With the Pegasus World Cup fast approaching, and thoughts turning to Kentucky Derby 2017 , I offer my final division rankings of 2016 ... Older Dirt Males 1) California Chrome – He ran his heart out in his first loss of the season. 2) Fr...

» Miss Temple City notches third Grade 1 of the year in the Matriarch
12/04/16 12:51 from NewsWire
What a way to call it a year at old Del Mar . Having already beaten males in a pair of Grade 1 races at Keenland this season, Miss Temple City came to the seaside oval as the mare to beat, but this particular Grade 1 is never easy.  ...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Recap
12/03/16 20:03 from Blinkers Off
Today’s card at Hawthorne featured the first stakes race of the year at 35th and Cicero: the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, for Illinois-bred juvenile fillies. Babybluesbdancing had the experience edge, but she also had the weig...

» In Different Silks, BABYBLUESBDANCING Continues a Legacy in the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante
12/03/16 19:52 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
[caption id="attachment_6665" align="alignleft" width="214"] Bluesbdancing, all business before she won the 2007 Fit For a Queen Stakes at Arlington.[/caption] Trainer Terrel Gore trained for longtime Martin's Super Markets CEO Robert E....

» Whitmore Busts Through in first race since Kentucky Derby
12/03/16 08:49 from NewsWire
When last seen at the races, Whitmore was backpedaling through the field of the Kentucky Derby . Nyquist was the one draped in roses that first Saturday in May, while the promising son of Pleasantly Perfect finished at the other end of t...

» the career maiden
12/02/16 23:04 from Blinkers Off
This summer I started an email newsletter, which goes out once every week or two, called The Career Maiden. It contains links to all my writing, links to a few things I read since the last newsletter, and a #CuteNoseAlert. I mentioned it...

» The Tournament Edge: Finding My Foundation
12/02/16 10:11 from Blinkers Off
My series about my first live contest concludes today at The Tournament Edge. The first and second parts of this series were a bit heavy on the doom and gloom: anxiety about what was to come, things I screwed up during the actual contest...

» Woodbine goes the Distance in 2016
12/02/16 04:33 from NewsWire
If you are a fan of thoroughbred horse racing, it has been a great year to follow Woodbine Racetrack . From Tepin winning the Woodbine Mile to right-handed turf racing... History will be made for the 3rd time at Woodbine on Friday as R3 ...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Claiming Crown Preview
12/01/16 19:27 from Blinkers Off
Gulfstream opens Saturday, and we all know what that means: Claiming Crown Day! I love the Claiming Crown — love, love, love the Claiming Crown.  As someone who spends so much of my time handicapping, following, and adoring claimin...

» 2016 Claiming Crown Preview
12/01/16 19:19 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park gets underway on Saturday with a day full of salty horses and lucrative betting opportunities: the Claiming Crown. Claiming races form the backbone of the schedule at racetracks everywhere. The pr...

» Matriarch Stakes 2017: Odds and Analysis
12/01/16 07:10 from NewsWire
You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here -- closing weekend of the Bing Crosby meeting at old Del Mar is upon us. Before the seaside oval bids adieu to 2016, it looks to go out with a bang, highlighted by a pair of excellent ra...

» Picks and Ponderings: Yes, There *Are* More Than Three Horse Races a Year
11/30/16 22:13 from Blinkers Off
ChicagoNow (the blog network that hosts Picks and Ponderings) has long done a thing called “Blogapalooz-hour”: one topic, one hour, one blog post.  I’ve always been curious to do it, but never had the guts.  I was never...

» Yes, There *Are* More Than Three Horse Races a Year
11/30/16 22:00 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
I watched a little horse racing when I was young.  Specifically, I watched three races a year: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  Everything else eluded me.  I had no clue about prep races, the handicap di...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Preview
11/30/16 19:37 from Blinkers Off
This weekend features the first stakes race of the year at Hawthorne: the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante! The race drew a contentious field of eleven horses.  Though Illinois-bred stakes for juveniles tend to be rife with maidens takin...

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