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» The Tournament Edge: Finding Condition Book Horses
07/27/16 09:26 from Blinkers Off
In my latest piece for The Tournament Edge, I talk about one of the most useful tools in a handicapper’s arsenal: the condition book. Some race conditions can seem complex at first, but learning to read and understand how they fit ...

» Nyquist led Haskell Invitational 2016: Odds and Analysis
07/27/16 07:49 from NewsWire
There is more than just a little on the line in Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. For starters, there is the not too small matter of the $1 million purse. Not bad work if you can get it. Then there is the Breede...

» Remember This Race?
07/26/16 14:59 from NewsWire
Race Clue #1 – A field of eight entered the starting gate for this million-dollar race on the main track.   Race Clue #2 – Of the eight starters, six would retire as Grade 1 winners, and they all were sent off at odds of 7-1 or lowe...

» Beholder and Nyquist now take center stage
07/26/16 04:13 from NewsWire
Forget about post-Triple Crown hangover. In 2016 there simply is none. California Chrome and Songbird made sure of that, igniting their own brand of July fireworks last weekend. They reminded us all why they are two of racing’s biggest s...

» good days, bad days, and the San Diego
07/25/16 20:44 from Blinkers Off
I have never had such a hard time watching a race as I did Sunday’s showdown in the San Diego Handicap (GII) between Dortmund and California Chrome. It had nothing to do with what happened during the race itself.  Though Dortmund c...

» Mokat adds Steam to the Uncle Mo Express
07/24/16 11:25 from NewsWire
Another day, another pair of graded stakes wins. For America’s top young sire, the beat goes on. Uncle Mo was the leading first-crop sire of 2015 by a large margin, and this year, he is doing even better as a second-crop sire. Yesterday,...

» California Chrome edges Dortmund in the San Diego Handicap
07/23/16 15:43 from NewsWire
There are times when races expected to be big ones end in disappointment. This was not one of those occasions. In what was billed as a showdown between two of the best horses in the United States, the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap more than...

» full-card Arlington picks and analysis: 7.23.16
07/22/16 23:35 from Blinkers Off
Saturday features a nine-race card at Arlington.  Though the stakes portion of the season is on hold until Million Day, there are still some solid races here.  They include a classy filly and mare allowance early in the day, a salty open...

» Sweet Loretta romps home in the Schuylerville
07/22/16 11:59 from NewsWire
The first stakes race at Saratoga 2016 is in the books! Taking full advantage of the opportunity to impress on the big stage of opening day, St. Elias Stable’s Sweet Loretta uncorked a flashy late run that carried her to an impressive 4 ...

» No Easy Assignments for Miss Temple City
07/21/16 06:50 from NewsWire
In her seasonal debut, Miss Temple City was asked to run against boys for the first time. That assignment came in the form of the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland. Her second start was likely even tougher. Traveling across the Atlant...

» Chicago Railbird: Thursday’s Early Pick 4 at Arlington
07/20/16 23:23 from Blinkers Off
This week at Chicago Railbird, I tackle Thursday’s early Pick 4 at Arlington. The sequence has a bit of everything: maidens and salty horses, sprints and routes, poly and turf.  The allowance race in the sequence is wide open.  The...

» Picks and Ponderings: Sanford and Diana Stakes Preview
07/20/16 18:28 from Blinkers Off
The Spa gets underway this weekend, and Picks and Ponderings is there with a preview of Saturday’s pair of graded stakes races. I take on the Sanford, the first graded event of the summer meet for two-year-old open company.  It dre...

» 2016 Diana Stakes and Sanford Stakes Preview
07/20/16 18:14 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
“As surely as other pilgrims may seek to visit Jerusalem, every racing fan should aspire to see Saratoga.” -- Andrew Beyer Picks & Ponderings won't be making a physical appearance at Saratoga this week (though we did enjoy our jaunt ...

» The Tournament Edge: Once More into the Breach
07/20/16 10:47 from Blinkers Off
Saratoga gets underway on Friday, which means the return of the Huddie contest.  In my latest piece for The Tournament Edge, I look back at my attempt in that contest last year, and look at a few things I could possibly do differently th...

» California Chrome tops the 2016 San Diego Handicap
07/20/16 05:19 from NewsWire
Last week may have been opening weekend at Del Mar , but this Saturday is when the fireworks really begin at the gorgeous oceanside oval. There are a few out there, but there can be no doubt that California Chrome has been as big a star ...

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