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» 2016 Illinois Mares Bred
10/21/16 11:35 from Blinkers Off
This week, the Jockey Club released its Report of Mares Bred. Illinois is still a fairly small segment of the breeding market.  After all, according to the report, there were more mares bred to Uncle Mo (253) than there were to all Illin...

» Winx in search of consecutive Cox Plate wins
10/21/16 07:57 from NewsWire
It may not carry the same national fervor as the Melbourne Cup, but the William Hill Cox Plate is regarded as the best weight-for-age race in all of Australia. The 1 ¼ turf affair carries as much history as it does prestige. Inaugur...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Raven Run Stakes Preview
10/19/16 22:34 from Blinkers Off
Three-year-old filly sprinters anchor Saturday’s Keeneland card, with the Grade II Raven Run Stakes. The race drew a competitive field of twelve: all of whom have stakes-level experience, and many of whom have solid records over ex...

» 2016 Raven Run Stakes Preview
10/19/16 22:24 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This Saturday's featured race at Keeneland is the Grade II Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade III statu...

» Governor Malibu led Empire Classic Odds and Analysis
10/19/16 16:04 from NewsWire
While a few of the very best New York-breds in training will be making the trip west in search of Breeders’ Cup glory, most of the best Empire State runners will stay at home for their own big day at Belmont Park . Saturday’s Empire Show...

» Mike Smith and Victor Espinoza set for Breeders’ Cup showdowns
10/19/16 04:27 from NewsWire
Riding horses need not only be a young person’s game. They are far from the only jockeys of experience doing big things across the country, but two weeks from now, in the two most glamourous races of Breeders’ Cup weekend, Mike Smith and...

» The Tournament Edge: Heads Up!
10/18/16 23:18 from Blinkers Off
This week at The Tournament Edge, I write about something that scared me for a long time, but became my favourite niche of horse racing contest play: head-to-head contests. Before I got the hang of horse racing contests, they scared me. ...

» Remember This Race?
10/18/16 14:59 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 – A full field of a dozen lined-up for this half million-dollar race.   Race Clue #2 – Bettors landed on a top three, with nine horses in the field going off between 10-1 and 97-1.   Race Clue #3 – The favorite was...

» Breeders’ Cup 2016 will decide which Eclipse Awards?
10/17/16 09:31 from NewsWire
The first sweep of the Triple Crown in 37 years, followed by an unprecedented addition of a Breeders’ Cup Classic victory by American Pharoah , made 2015 a tough act to follow. How could the 2016 racing season possibly live up to our fir...

» Picks and Ponderings: Canadian International Stakes Recap
10/16/16 21:58 from Blinkers Off
Today was the last of Woodbine’s flagship race days: Canadian International Day! Anchoring the card was a pair of Grade I turf routes: the Canadian International for open company, and the E. P. Taylor for fillies and mares.  The Ca...

» ERUPT, AL'S GAL Upset the Woodbine Features
10/16/16 20:23 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA -- All week, the weather reports threatened rain.  All morning, the skies were grey.  Intermittent rain fell, and puddles dotted the grounds at Woodbine. Through the afternoon, the storms continued to avoid Woodb...

» Picks and Ponderings: A Quietly Special Morning at Woodbine
10/16/16 10:46 from Blinkers Off
This morning seemed mostly normal on the backside at Woodbine…but only mostly.

» A Quietly Special Morning at Woodbine
10/16/16 10:35 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
In most corners of the Woodbine backside, it’s a normal Sunday morning. Horses are getting tacked up and going out to train. Old warriors stroll confidently there. Ponies calm the nervous. The horses come back from their exercise, get ba...

» there’s the Top Decile we know and love!
10/15/16 22:49 from Blinkers Off
Two years ago, I was bullish on Top Decile going into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.  A year ago, her connections had announced her retirement and placed her in the Keeneland November sale. Today, I saw her win a horse race. S...

» Time and Motion scores a QE II Challenge Cup thriller
10/15/16 12:37 from NewsWire
Normally a highlight of the always outstanding fall meeting at Keeneland, the 33rd running of the $500,000   Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup was even more special than normal. Not only did the Grade 1 race attract a deep field that...

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