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» Name These Rivals!
10/06/15 14:59 from NewsWire
Rival Clue #1 - Born the same year, these rivals were bred more than 2,000 miles apart. Rival Clue #2 - One rival was a Grade 1 stakes winner at two, while the other won a maiden race by 12 lengths. Rival Clue #3 - Their first meeting ca...

» Chicago Railbird: 10.6.15
10/06/15 10:50 from Blinkers Off
Today’s Hawthorne 8th is a contentious state-bred allowance sprint.  It drew a field of eleven — and a lot of early speed.  In the latest Chicago Railbird, I take a deep-dive look into that race, and identify the big contende...

» finally! Hawthorne DerbyWars!
10/05/15 22:05 from Blinkers Off
For as long as I can remember, I have been ranting on Twitter that I’d play a lot more contests if there were contests covering Chicago racing. Finally.  DerbyWars has answered the call. DerbyWars will host survivor contests this f...

» (Breeders' Cup) Bits and Pieces according to ZATT
10/05/15 07:31 from NewsWire
Treve lost the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe yesterday, and frankly, I was not too surprised that the heavily favored mare did not win. I come to praise Treve, though, not to bury her. A remarkable racehorse to be sure, I think we sometimes ...

» name bets and bad advice
10/03/15 23:29 from Blinkers Off
Few things in handicapping are absolute.  However, a few principles hold often enough that not only do I espouse them in my own work, but I am happy to cite them to anyone who may be listening. Take the treatment of professional maidens,...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Fall Stars Sunday Preview
10/03/15 13:32 from Blinkers Off
Opening weekend at Keeneland draws to a close tomorrow with another pair of graded stakes, both of which are not only local preps to the Breeders’ Cup, but also Win And You’re In.  The Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (GIII) offers a b...

» 2015 Fall Stars Sunday Preview: Bourbon Stakes and Spinster Stakes
10/03/15 13:19 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Keeneland's Fall Stars weekend draws to a close with a pair of stakes races on Sunday: the Bourbon Stakes for turf juveniles, and the Spinster for the distaff dirt division.  Both races, in addition to being local preps for the Breeders'...

» Brody’s Cause flies home in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
10/03/15 12:20 from NewsWire
With only seven months to go until the 2016 Kentucky Derby , and of more immediate urgency, only four weeks until the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile , Brody’s Cause announced himself as a colt with a serious future this afternoon at Keeneland. C...

» Hawthorne full-card picks and analysis: 10.3.15
10/03/15 10:20 from Blinkers Off
The Hawthorne meet got off to a good start yesterday, and today features one of the highlights of any meet there: night racing! I have taken a look at the full card, and Danonymous Racing was kind enough to post my thoughts!  Head on ove...

» Freaky Runhappy does it again
10/02/15 12:06 from NewsWire
You are not supposed to break slow, from the rail, in your first try against olders, including the defending sprint champion, bear out down the lane, and still dominate. Of course, Runhappy is not your average run of the mill stakes winn...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2015 Fall Stars Saturday Preview
10/02/15 08:58 from Blinkers Off
Picks and Ponderings rolls on with more coverage of opening weekend at Keeneland. During Saturday’s card, Fall Stars reaches its crescendo.  The card features five graded stakes: the Shadwell Turf Mile (GI), the Breeders’ Fut...

» 2015 Fall Stars Saturday Preview: Keeneland Mile Day
10/02/15 08:45 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
The Fall Stars ( #fallstars on Twitter) weekend opens the Keeneland Fall meet. Fall Stars begins on Friday October 2 with the G1 Alcibiades and G3 Phoenix and it continues with this piece that examines the stakes quintet on Saturday Octo...

» Chicago Railbird: 10.1.15
10/02/15 00:30 from Blinkers Off
Racing starts back up again on Friday at Blinkers Off’s favourite racetrack: Hawthorne Race Course! This weekend’s edition of Chicago Railbird focuses on the leading trainer from the spring meet at Hawthorne, Scott Becker.  H...

» Shadwell Turf Mile topped by The Pizza Man
10/01/15 04:47 from NewsWire
In his last start, The Pizza Man proved his place among the best grass horses in the nation with a popular win in the Grade 1 Arlington Million. There will be little time to rest on his pepperoni, though, as his connections have mapped o...

» a gutsy run from Copperplate
09/30/15 22:43 from Blinkers Off
On April 24, Copperplate (Verdana Bold, by Rahy) posted his last win: an authoritative two-length score in a five and a half furlong dash at Indiana Grand, against $25,000 N2L company.  Since then, he tried allowance-optional company, tw...

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