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» 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity Preview
12/17/14 20:22 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
Only one graded stakes is contested in the United States this weekend, yet it's a goodie.  The G1 Los Alamitos Futurity is that graded stakes race and the focus of this space.  The name might throw a racing newcomer off, but this Grade O...

» Remember This Race?
12/17/14 13:59 from NewsWire
  Race Clue #1 -  A full field of 12 went to the post for this tradition-rich one-turn stakes race. Race Clue #2 - The three favorites were all coming in off layoffs of more than five months, six months, and a year respectively...

» Chicago Railbird: 12.17.14
12/17/14 10:02 from Blinkers Off
The racing week at Hawthorne is upon us once more, and Chicago Railbird is back.  Today, we take a look at jockey Santo Sanjur.  He has been riding on the Chicago circuit since spring, and getting better and better as the year has progre...

» Very Early 2015 Eclipse Award Selections
12/16/14 13:26 from NewsWire
  Just a few days ago, I offered my selections as to who will be voted in as the 2014 Eclipse Award winners. That was relatively easy; this is hard. As has become tradition, I’ve decided to fire up the ZATT time machine and jump for...

» this week in Curlin babies: 12.15.14
12/15/14 23:56 from Blinkers Off
Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire. In the very first edition of this week in Curlin babies, I mentioned a two-year-old colt who garnered som...

» Spectacular Bid Overcame Everything in the Florida Derby
12/15/14 14:38 from NewsWire
  In an interesting comment thread today on Horse Racing Nation, we were asked which horse, barring Secretariat, was the most talented we ever saw in person. I’ve been lucky enough to see all the American greats of the last 40-plus ...

» Plenty of Changes at the top since the Breeders’ Cup
12/14/14 11:21 from NewsWire
  Generally speaking, what happens at the Breeders’ Cup goes a long way in deciding what happens a few months later at the Eclipse Awards. After this year’s World Championships, I thought I had a good handle on who would be collecti...

» Picks and Ponderings: 2014 Pat Whitworth and Jim Edgar Recap
12/13/14 20:01 from Blinkers Off
Today marked the end of the stakes season at Hawthorne, and it went out with two good races for the juvenile set.  Though the Pat Whitworth only drew a field of five, that did not preclude a hotly contested race with a tight finish.  In ...

» 2014 Jim Edgar and Pat Whitworth Recap
12/13/14 19:53 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
STICKNEY/CICERO -- It is mid-December at Hawthorne, but one would hardly know it.  The mercury edged close to fifty degrees, and not a flake of snow could be found on the ground.  The crowd was lively, particularly due to the celebration...

» Full Card Hawthorne Picks and Analysis: 12.13.14
12/13/14 09:58 from Blinkers Off
Today is the last stakes day of the fall Hawthorne meet, and a host of Illinois-bred juveniles will test their mettle going two turns on the dirt today.  However, there is a full nine-race card.  Fully four of the races feature juveniles...

» Millionaire Sunbean loves to win
12/13/14 09:00 from NewsWire
  Some horses just know their way to the winner’s circle. There can be no doubt that Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean is just such a horse. Winning his third stakes race in the past six weeks, the Louisiana-bred extraordinaire overcame a t...

» 2015 Kentucky Derby Watch: Blofeld
12/12/14 13:52 from NewsWire
  Overview - Owned by Glencrest Farm and JSM Equine, and trained by Todd Pletcher, Blofeld recently checked in as the 40-1, eighth choice among single horses, on the first 2015 Kentucky Derby future wager pool offered by Churchill D...

» Chicago Railbird: 12.12.14
12/12/14 09:31 from Blinkers Off
This Saturday is the final stakes day of the Hawthorne meet, and two-year-olds take the spotlight once again.  As always, Chicago Railbird is there. Saturday’s card features two 1 1/16 mile races for Illinois-bred two-year-olds: th...

» An up and down 2014 is not over for Vyjack just yet
12/11/14 13:03 from NewsWire
  Remember two winters ago at the Big A? Vyjack fans do. After graduating at first asking in November, the undefeated gelding rolled through consecutive stakes wins in the Traskwood, Jerome, and Gotham with speed to spare. There’s b...

» Picks and Ponderings: Starlet Stakes Preview
12/10/14 22:48 from Blinkers Off
This Friday comes the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos: the final top-rung race for the two-year-old fillies.  This week at Picks and Ponderings, I took a dive into the race.  The race drew a field of just seven, but a tough seven ...

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