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» Picks and Ponderings: Summit of Speed Preview
07/03/15 00:59 from Blinkers Off
Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview the five graded and listed events on Sunday’s Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream. Summit of Speed used to be one of the marquee days of the Calder meet, a showcase of top sprinting talent.  A...

» 2015 Summit of Speed Preview
07/03/15 00:57 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Once upon a time, when Gulfstream Park West was called Calder, the Summit of Speed was their Big Race Weekend: a sprint showcase Early last summer, the race dates squabble between Calder and Gulfstream was finally coming to a close, but ...

» 2015 Purple Violet Stakes Preview
07/03/15 00:51 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
In the face of funding shortfalls Arlington International has trimmed its stakes schedule to only two months, with each Saturday in the 2015 season from the Fourth of July weekend to just before Labor Day getting a stakes.  Purses were s...

» 2015 Belmont Derby Day Stakes Preview
07/03/15 00:14 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Belmont Park three weeks ago was the center of the racing universe when American Pharoah took down the Triple Crown.  This week features a return to that oval, for a half-dozen stakes that Belmont Park has marketed as the Stars and Strip...

» happy retirement, Conquest Curlinate.
07/02/15 22:56 from Blinkers Off
This morning, I hoped that whatever was keeping Conquest Curlinate out of the Queen’s Plate turned out to be minor.  I also noted that there would likely be more information soon, given how good Conquest Stables is about keeping pe...

» Can Texas Red follow in the footsteps of Shared Belief?
07/02/15 10:17 from NewsWire
It seems odd to compare a horse who has only won 2-of-6 lifetime, to the consistent excellence of a champion such as Shared Belief , but only days away from the return of Texas Red in Saturday’s Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, I do...

» get better soon, Conquest Curlinate!
07/02/15 08:47 from Blinkers Off
Conquest Curlinate has been my Queen’s Plate horse since I first put my mind to having a Queen’s Plate horse. I had my eye on him since his debut last year, when he finished a late-running fifth beaten just two lengths.  The ...

» Remember This Race?
07/01/15 14:59 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 -  A field of nine lined up for this prestigious one-turn race. Race Clue #2 - The field included a Preakness winner, a Cigar Mile winner, an Arkansas Derby winner, a future BC Classic winner, and a future Older Male Ch...

» Chicago Railbird: 7.1.15
07/01/15 09:19 from Blinkers Off
This week, racing stretches out to four days a week at Arlington — mark your calendars, because Arlington starts back up Thursday instead of Friday! This week’s column covers a trio of races on Thursday and Friday, all focusi...

» And the ESPY will go to ... American Pharoah!
06/30/15 13:42 from NewsWire
We had waited so long for a special horse to come along and win horse racing’s holy grail, that when we finally got our wish, it is no wonder that we have been unable to shower enough accolades on American Pharoah . And the exceptional s...

» Treve traversing uncharted waters in her quest for a third Arc
06/29/15 13:29 from NewsWire
It’s not that females haven’t won arguably the most prestigious turf race in the world before, they actually enjoy a strong history at Longchamp -- names like Corrida, Allez France, Detroit, All Along, Urban Sea, and Danedream jump right...

» Illinois-bred Curlin babies!
06/28/15 21:19 from Blinkers Off
I follow two niches within horse racing more closely than others: Curlin babies and Illinois horse racing. These overlap little, at least in the northern segment of the state. A son of Curlin, Larrymoeandcurlin, has found his stride at d...

» Chicago Railbird: 6.28.15
06/28/15 08:53 from Blinkers Off
Today’s sixth race at Arlington features the return of graded stakes Illinois-bred Recount.  He may well be the class of the field, but the race will be no cake walk for him.  It will be the Limehouse gelding’s first try agai...

» Bits and Pieces according to ZATT
06/28/15 03:14 from NewsWire
At 11-10, Masochist was supposed to be the one to beat in the Grade 1 Triple Bend, but watching the seven furlong affair unfold, I was in awe of how thoroughly dominating he was. The Ron Ellis trainee won by 3 ¼ in a blistering 1:20.25, ...

» Rachel Alexandra full sister, Samantha Nicole, wins at Belmont Park
06/26/15 15:07 from NewsWire
It seems like just yesterday that Rachel Alexandra scorched the earth one early summer afternoon at Belmont Park. The occasion was the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes , and the specifics of the performance included a 19 ¼-length winning marg...

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