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» Picks and Ponderings: Chicago Handicap recap
06/25/16 19:03 from Blinkers Off
The Chicago Handicap was run today, for the first time since 2014. It had been almost as long since Sarah Sis stepped into a starting gate at Arlington, but she proved time did not dull her affinity for the local track. Head over to Pick...

» A Winning Homecoming for SARAH SIS in the Chicago Handicap
06/25/16 17:56 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -- Just as we had not seen the Chicago Handicap at Arlington since the summer of 2014, we had not seen SARAH SIS here on race day since then, either.  Two years ago, as a juvenile, SARAH SIS marked herself a rising star...

» Lord Nelson surges late to win the Grade 1 Triple Bend
06/25/16 15:07 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
In a division that has yet to identify a clear cut leader, Lord Nelson threw his hat into the ring as one of the best sprinters in the land with a win today at Santa Anita Park. The talented four-year-old son of Pulpit did so with a stro...

» Arlington full-card picks and analysis: 6.25.16
06/25/16 12:27 from Blinkers Off
Arlington pulled together a solid card today.  In addition to the anchor race, the Grade III Chicago Handicap, the rest of the day features full fields and solid horses.  There’s a pair of maiden special weights, including one for ...

» Chicago Railbird: Chicago Handicap Preview
06/24/16 11:16 from Blinkers Off
After a year’s hiatus last year, the Chicago Handicap (GIII) is back, and I preview it in the latest Chicago Railbird! The race drew a field of ten, including some intriguing shippers.  However, the Chicago Handicap is one of the m...

» By The Moon offers betting value in the Bed O’ Roses
06/24/16 08:12 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
Installed at 6-1 on the morning line, Jay Em Ess Stable’s By the Moon will carry 117 pounds and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz from the inside post when a field of six line up for Saturday’s 60 th running of the Grade 3 Bed O’ Roses Handic...

» California Chrome Doing Great four weeks from the San Diego Handicap
06/23/16 13:56 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
He’s North America’s richest all-time thoroughbred. A former Horse of the Year, he’s won the Kentucky Derby , Preakness, and Dubai World Cup, among many other graded stakes races. Of course, the horse I am talking about is none other tha...

» 2016 Ohio Derby Preview
06/22/16 21:53 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Once upon a time, Ohio had at least one graded stakes race. (In fact, more than one when counting action from downstate River Downs - now Belterra Park.) The richest of those races was the Ohio Derby, named for the state in which our rac...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and Triple Bend Stakes Preview
06/22/16 21:02 from Blinkers Off
Two Grade I events anchor this Saturday’s card at the Great Race Place: the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Triple Bend Stakes. Hard Aces will try to defend his title in the Gold Cup, but seven other foes (and a dearth of pace) wil...

» 2016 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and Triple Bend Stakes Preview
06/22/16 20:55 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Saturday's card at Santa Anita features a pair of Grade I races, which form the focus of this piece.  The handicap division takes the spotlight in The Gold Cup at Santa Anita, a mile and a quarter test that offers a berth in the Breeders...

» 2016 Chicago Handicap Preview
06/22/16 20:47 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Our feature race this week at Arlington is the Grade Three, $100,000 Chicago Handicap on the polytrack.  Named for the urban area an hour west of Arlington International, the race has comfortably settled into  a late-June/early-July fixt...

» Moonist, California Chrome, and contagious enthusiasm
06/22/16 12:57 from Blinkers Off
Earlier this morning, José Contreras tweeted that he was finding it hard to compare the loss of dominant quarter horse Moonist to something in the Thoroughbred world. Ask ten people, you’d probably get ten different answers.  Ask m...

» Ohio Derby 2016: Odds and Analysis
06/22/16 05:00 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
With a cool $500,000 on the line, Saturday’s Ohio Derby was sure to attract a hot field to JACK Thistledown Racino in Suburban Cleveland. Leading the way will be GMB Racing’s popular winner of the Lecomte Stakes, Mo Tom. Since winning th...

» Who Am I ???
06/21/16 14:59 from HorseRacingNation.com NewsWire
*Bred in Kentucky, my sire was a champion in England, who won his only race in the U.S.   *Purchased out of the Saratoga sales, I was a first-out winner for my Hall of Fame trainer at Belmont Park.   *I finished 2 nd in my stak...

» support Blinkers Off on Patreon!
06/20/16 18:00 from Blinkers Off
Today, I am launching a Patreon campaign to support Blinkers Off. I started Blinkers Off in January of 2014 as a way to stay engaged with horse racing through Hawthorne’s off-season.  Blinkers Off became that, and a whole lot more....

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