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» Travers 2016 will decide the 3yo Championship, if …
08/26/16 13:04 from NewsWire
With most of the top three-year-old males, other than Nyquist, set to do battle in Travers Stakes 2016 , Saratoga’s signature race joins the three legs of the Triple Crown as the most important races within America’s glamour division thi...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Travers Stakes Preview
08/25/16 22:35 from Blinkers Off
This Saturday’s feature at Saratoga is a deserving one, even amid the Breeders’ Cup quality card: the Grade I Travers Stakes. The Classic-distance race for three-year-olds drew a capacity field of fourteen.  The field include...

» 2016 Travers Stakes Preview
08/25/16 22:27 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
This Saturday's card at Saratoga is the biggest of the meet, and features the meet's cornerstone race: the Grade I Travers Stakes.  We have full analysis -- both NN's written perspective, and horse-by-horse point/counterpoint on video --...

» Into the Mystic Lake Derby
08/25/16 09:39 from NewsWire
If you’ve never been to Canterbury Park , I can personally recommend the Minnesota oval, just a short short drive from the Twin Cities, highly. Nice racing, a friendly atmosphere, and low takeout, all make it a track worth both visiting ...

» Chicago Railbird:8.26.16
08/24/16 19:53 from Blinkers Off
In this week’s Chicago Railbird, I take a look at a pair of races on Friday’s card that are among my favourite races to play. It’s no secret that I love to play extended sprints: six and a half furlongs, seven furlongs,...

» The Tournament Edge: Shifting Focus…For a Moment
08/24/16 09:12 from Blinkers Off
In my latest blog at The Tournament Edge, I talk about changing focus. No, I’m not changing focus for good.  I have no plans to make my major circuits anything other than my usuals, Chicago racing and large stakes races.  But, I ne...

» Breeders’ Cup Distaff 2016 should be a Classic
08/24/16 07:57 from NewsWire
While the cream of the crop of older dirt females east of the Mississippi are set to battle it out in Saturday’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, it occurs to me that even an impressive victory would only set up the winner as the fou...

» Remember This Race?
08/23/16 15:00 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 – A field of 12 entered the starting gate for this race run four weeks before the Breeders’ Cup.   Race Clue #2 – The favorite would go off at odds of 3-5, in a year he would ultimately be named Horse of the Year.  ...

» Travers Stakes 2016: Odds and Analysis
08/23/16 04:53 from NewsWire
Travers 2016 is Saturday, August 27th! » Travers 2016 Contenders » Travers Winners » Get FREE Picks! » Get Trifecta/Superfecta Picks » BET the Travers on TVG The Mid-Summer Derby was first run in 1864, and in all those years, few if any ...

» for the love of career maidens
08/22/16 23:42 from Blinkers Off
I love career maidens. One of my favourite pieces I’ve ever written was an essay about Eight Gauge…no longer a maiden, though it took over fifty tries for that to become the case.  My weekly email newsletter is called “...

» California Chrome tops Divisional Rankings for August 21
08/21/16 14:12 from NewsWire
Those were some pretty fearsome performances we saw yesterday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and Alabama at Saratoga from California Chrome and Songbird  respectively. It makes you wonder who can stop them come Breeders' Cup. Hap...

» Tejana and Texas Ryano prove they belong in graded company
08/20/16 21:17 from Blinkers Off
A strong summer for the Curlin babies continued today, as two more achieved their first graded stakes placings of their career.  One was trying stakes company for the first time.  Another, already a stakes winner last year, had tried gra...

» California Chrome rolls in the 2016 Pacific Classic at Del Mar
08/20/16 16:21 from NewsWire
The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar was billed as a showdown between three of America’s best horses, but one of the most highly anticipated races in years, instead turned out to be no contest. California Chrome went right to th...

» Video Handicapping the Saratoga-Del Mar (Pacific Classic) Pick 4
08/19/16 11:25 from NewsWire
No writing today, instead I turn my attention to handicapping the big races this weekend at Saratoga and Del Mar , and this year, I don't think there has been any bigger than the 2016 Pacific Classic .  Happily, the two powerhouse t...

» The Hall of Fame awaits California Chrome and Beholder
08/18/16 13:15 from NewsWire
This year was a big one for Racing’s Hall of Fame. As two of the most popular horses of this century, it was a special moment for countless to see Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta gallop into the Hall together. Horse racing’s greatest ...

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