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» Remember This Race?
02/09/16 14:01 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 -  A diverse field of eleven lined up for this one, which at the time was a half million-dollar race.   Race Clue #2 - The favorite and the ultimate race winner finished 1-2 in the prep for this three weeks earlier...

» 2016 Fantasy Stable: week 2 postmortem
02/08/16 23:14 from Blinkers Off
Week 2 of the Derbyologist Triple Crown Fantasy League is in the books. It was no banner week, though it went significantly better than week 1.  My stable had a winner, and my stable is finally off the duck. As luck would have it, howeve...

» Chicago Railbird: Illinois-Breds to Watch!
02/08/16 14:25 from Blinkers Off
With 2016 getting underway, it is time to take a look at a few Illinois-breds to watch this year. I look at four: two sophomores, and two older horses.  The older horses have each taken some forays into stakes company, but have enough up...

» A Duty to the Fans or: ZATT’s Star of the Week, is … Songbird!
02/08/16 03:24 from NewsWire
I believe I have a duty to the fans. In plenty of ways, I thought Frosted was deserving of being named ZATT’s Star of the Week. After all, how rare is it to see an American runner dominate an important race internationally? While we can ...

» 2016 Kentucky Derby: The Ball is now in Nyquist’s Court
02/07/16 10:07 from NewsWire
Mohaymen last week, Mor Spirit yesterday, not to mention that lightning bolt filly they call Songbird – this 2016 Kentucky Derby Trail thing is really starting to heat up. Now it is time for the undefeated Juvenile Champion to show what ...

» Mor Spirit cruises late in the Robert B. Lewis
02/06/16 11:27 from NewsWire
Never in doubt. At the eighth pole, he may still have been back in third, but under the confident handling of the Hall of Fame rider, Gary Stevens , it was only a matter of time before the heavy favorite would kick it into full gear.&nbs...

» another Curlin baby on the Oaks trail?
02/05/16 17:45 from Blinkers Off
Curlin already has a marquee Oaks contender at the Fair Grounds with Stageplay.  After today, he may have another one at Oaklawn — with one of Stageplay’s stablemates in the Steve Asmussen barn. Terra Promessa (Missile Bay, b...

» Playing Against Keen Ice in the Donn
02/05/16 07:10 from NewsWire
Only one horse in eight races was able to finish ahead of American Pharaoh last year, and that was Keen Ice . That victory, over the Triple Crown Champion in the Grade 1 Travers, brings a fair amount of notoriety. As such, it should come...

» Picks and Ponderings: Robert B. Lewis and Las Virgenes Stakes Preview
02/04/16 21:24 from Blinkers Off
Oaklawn is not the only track with an three-year-old prep this weekend. Saturday’s stakes-laden Santa Anita card includes a pair of prep races for the three-year-old set, the Robert B. Lewis (GIII) for open company and the Las Virg...

» 2016 Robert B. Lewis and Las Virgenes Stakes Preview
02/04/16 21:07 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
The western spurs of both the Derby trail and the Oaks trail continue at Santa Anita this weekend. Derby-bound types will begin to show who really likes going a route of ground, stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth for the Robert B. ...

» 2016 Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Preview
02/04/16 20:43 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Picks & Ponderings kicks off February with a coast-to-coast examination of sophomore races and Grade One races.   Out west, Nicolle Neulist will look at the three-year-olds in the G2 Las Virgenes for fillies and the G3 Robert B. Lewi...

» Frosted Fabulous in Dubai Debut
02/04/16 05:37 from NewsWire
The renaissance of Frosted has begun. It’s not exactly a new career for Frosted , but there were enough firsts in his race today to bring with it a whole blast of renewed excitement about one of the world’s best horses. It was his first ...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Martha Washington Stakes Preview
02/03/16 21:11 from Blinkers Off
The Oaks trail makes it to Oaklawn in earnest this weekend with their first points race, the Martha Washington Stakes. The race drew a field of eight, headlined by Grade I winner Nickname.  Though she brings the most proven class into th...

» 2016 Martha Washington Stakes Preview
02/03/16 21:03 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Saturday's card at Oaklawn features the second stakes of the season for three-year-old fillies: the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.  Opening day featured the six-furlong Dixie Belle, but the Martha Washington's one-mile distance begin...

» 2016 Kentucky Derby Under the Radar Spotlight: Uncle Walter
02/03/16 12:55 from NewsWire
Horse racing fans in general are not as forgiving of a loss as they used to be. When looking for a dark horse for the 2016 Kentucky Derby , though, being able to forgive a defeat, and identifying reasons why a losing effort might soon le...

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