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» 2015 Vanity Stakes Preview
05/06/15 21:31 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This weekend, horse racing catches its collective breath in the weekend between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.  Just two Grade I races are run nationwide, and this piece looks westward.  The eastern distaff contingent had its Grad...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Vanity Stakes Preview
05/06/15 21:30 from Blinkers Off
This Saturday, Beholder makes her return to Grade I company in the Vanity Stakes at Santa Anita.  The field drew a bit thin, with just five entered, but she will get her chance to prove that she is still at the top of the western distaff...

» 2015 Man O' War Stakes Preview
05/06/15 20:16 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
For years, the second week of May in horse-racing was a good week to hit the snooze button.  A typically sleepy week in racing often featured events not of high-level grading in the past.  But in the present, it sees two Grade One events...

» Remember This Race?
05/06/15 14:58 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 -  At the time of running, it was the richest race ever run in this tradition rich state. Race Clue #2 - A field of ten, (nine males and one female), lined up to battle over a fast dirt surface. Race Clue #3 - The top f...

» delayed…
05/05/15 15:29 from Blinkers Off
A bit lost in the shuffle of Derby Madness was the Westchester Stakes (GIII) at Belmont. Ever since Dogwood Stable announced Palace Malice’s comeback schedule, the Westchester had been planned as his comeback race.  He had won it a...

» American Pharoah #1, but plenty of Stars to go around
05/04/15 14:49 from NewsWire
Anyone who believes that American Pharoah was not deserving of the most recent ZATT’s Star of the Week honor, simply does not understand the importance of the Kentucky Derby on the entire landscape of American racing and breeding. Having...

» horse racing trivia!
05/04/15 13:06 from Blinkers Off
One of the few things I do away from the racetrack is trivia.  I play pub quiz frequently, and also play in an online quiz league called LearnedLeague.  On the off-seasons, LearnedLeague allows players to write themed quizzes for everyon...

» a visit to Old Friends
05/03/15 19:18 from Blinkers Off
The day before the Kentucky Derby, Candice and I headed out to Old Friends.  It was my first time going there, though visiting it had been on my list of things to do ever since I heard that there was such a thing as a place to go visit r...

» Preakness 2015: An Early Look
05/03/15 13:35 from NewsWire
This year's Kentucky Derby is in the books, and for the third straight year, it was the favorite who proved best. American Pharoah not only won America's most prestigous race, while extending his winning streak to five, but he also becam...

» Private Zone sizzles; Bayern fizzles
05/02/15 10:35 from NewsWire
The anticipation heading into the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes was centered around the long awaited return of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Bayern , but clearly the classy six-year-old gelding, Private Zone had other plans. Wh...

» Kentucky Derby Day: all the information!
05/02/15 07:15 from Blinkers Off
After months of preps and excitement, the Kentucky Derby is finally here! Kentucky Derby Roundtable: Paul Mazur, Chris Hernandez, and I go horse by horse through the Derby field, and separate the contenders from the pretenders. Detailed ...

» Picks and Ponderings: Kentucky Derby Day Stakes
05/01/15 09:53 from Blinkers Off
Other than the Kentucky Derby, Saturday’s card at Churchill Downs includes two more Grade I events: the Humana Distaff and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.  As is our modus operandi at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I split...

» Horse Racing Nation Picks the Kentucky Derby
05/01/15 05:44 from NewsWire
The good, the bad, and the ugly ... Horse Racing Nation puts our collective minds together to give our readers the horses to play, and the horses not to play for the  2015 Kentucky Derby .  Dortmund  is the consensus choic...

» 2015 Kentucky Derby Day Preview
05/01/15 03:57 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Saturday is it: the biggest day of the racing calendar at Churchill Downs. However, the Kentucky Derby is not the only important race on the card.  Saturday's card consists of six more stakes races.  These include a pair of Grade I event...

» in-depth Kentucky Derby analysis
04/30/15 11:39 from Blinkers Off
Derby fever has set in…and has even caused Chicago Railbird to fly (at least figuratively) south to Kentucky for the weekend! In the first of my two columns at ShapperDaCapper this week, I take a deep dive into the Kentucky Derby. ...

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