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» Picks and Ponderings: Scott Becker Sweeps the Sprint Stakes
03/28/15 22:08 from Blinkers Off
The first stakes day at Hawthorne has drawn to a close, and it was a pretty good one for trainer Scott Becker.  Most of his horses have been live throughout the meet, but today’s pair of six-furlong stakes races for Illinois-breds ...

» Scott Becker Sweeps the Sprint Stakes
03/28/15 21:59 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
STICKNEY/CICERO -- The name of one of Scott Becker's runners in the Third Chance, Win'em All, proved prescient. Becker, who trains exclusively for owner William Stiritz, has been a perennial training champion at Fairmount Park but has ma...

» Hawthorne full-card picks and analysis: 3.28.15
03/28/15 12:41 from Blinkers Off
With so many eyes on Meydan, Fair Grounds, and Gulfstream, it may be hard to remember that there is racing going on elsewhere today.  However, there is: and significant racing, with today being the first of four stakes days on the Hawtho...

» Chicago Railbird: 3.28.15
03/28/15 09:06 from Blinkers Off
Today, the stakes season begins at Hawthorne.  The stakes roster this spring contains the same eight races as in 2014, but the races are spread over four different weekends instead of just two like last year. Today’s card at 35th a...

» Prince Bishop denies California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup
03/28/15 08:14 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Going into the 20th edition of the world’s richest race, things seemed perfectly positioned for a return to glory for the Americans in Dubai. Our reigning Horse of the Year, California Chrome was fit and ready to do what Cigar had done i...

» 2015 fantasy stable: week 9 postmortem
03/27/15 18:07 from Blinkers Off
Last week was yet another claiming week in the Derbyologist Triple Crown Fantasy League.  Again, I had some thinking to do. Instant Replay was quite an easy toss; as much as I liked his Oaklawn allowance win, his spotty presence on the w...

» Florida and Weesiana
03/27/15 13:05 from Chicago Railbird

» Chicago Railbird: 3.27.15
03/27/15 12:00 from Blinkers Off
Today in Chicago Railbird, I dive into the featured 8th race at Hawthorne.  It is an open N2X sprint over the Hawthorne dirt, and should be a fun betting race given the presence of a likely favourite who has a strong propensity for comin...

» Picks and Ponderings: Dubai World Cup Preview
03/27/15 00:39 from Blinkers Off
In addition to the races going on locally and even stateside, Saturday is the culmination of the Carnival in Dubai.  A full card of seven-figure stakes races is set to go on Saturday, including the richest race in the world: the Dubai Wo...

» 2015 Dubai World Cup Preview
03/27/15 00:21 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
From stakes races at Hawthorne to Derby preps at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park , Saturday is a big racing day on both a local scale and a national scale.  Before racing gets underway stateside, however, the richest day of horse racing...

» 2015 Third Chance Handicap and Robert S. Molaro Handicap Preview
03/26/15 19:50 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
There's big stakes action this week.  Three-year-olds take vital steps to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks in both New Orleans and south Florida.  And the Picks & Ponderings duo has these races covered, with Nicolle Neulist l...

» The “Dark” Dubai World Cup Day Preview
03/26/15 18:14 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Hello racing world! After a six month sabbatical, the Dark Horse is back and I’m happy to be behind a keyboard writing about horse racing again! While I’m definitely starting to get my annual derby fever , there is one main event that I ...

» Handicapping the Louisiana Derby
03/26/15 03:32 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
We are only five weeks out from the 2015 Kentucky Derby , and the trail heats up in a big way the next two Saturdays with a number of important preps. Among the more interesting fields of all the preps will be Saturday's $750,000 Louisia...

» Picks and Ponderings: Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview
03/25/15 22:53 from Blinkers Off
This week, the Derby preps get even more serious.  For Picks and Ponderings, I took a (figurative) road trip to sunny South Florida for the culmination of their winter and spring three-year-old preps: the Florida Derby (GI) and the Gulfs...

» 2015 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview
03/25/15 22:44 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This weekend, the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the Road to the Kentucky Oaks gets even more serious.  After a winter full of ten-point races and fifty-point races, the stakes get even higher.   Over the course of the weekend, five 100-...

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Recent headlines

Becker sweeps exacta in both Illinois-bred stakes (3/28)

Stiritz, Becker runners dominate Illinois sprints (3/28)

Message from ITHA Executive Committee concerning ITHA/AP contract negotiations (3/27)

Coalport seeks fifth straight in Mervin Muniz (3/25)

Hawthorne responds to IDOA cuts (3/25)

Spring stakes season kicks off at Hawthorne (3/25)

Opening day at Fairmount (3/24)

Theyll be off and running Tuesday at Fairmount (3/23)


 

 

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