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» Million winner Hardest Core returns Friday at Belmont
05/29/16 16:10 from NewsWire
In the condition book, Friday’s eighth race at Belmont Park is just another run of the mill allowance/optional claiming event for older grass males. For fans of the sport, though, especially those who appreciate turf racing, it offers so...

» Arlington quick picks: 5.29.16
05/29/16 12:49 from Blinkers Off
We are half an hour to post, so I apologise for the lack of the long write-up.  But, here’s who I like in today’s races at Arlington.  Feel free to reach out in the comments or on Twitter (@rogueclown) if you have any questio...

» Picks and Ponderings: Arlington Matron and Arlington Classic Recap
05/29/16 01:16 from Blinkers Off
Saturday afternoon at Arlington featured a pair of graded stakes races, the Arlington Matron (GIII) and the Arlington Classic (GIII). One featured sophomores, one older.  One went on the grass, the other on the main.  In one, a favourite...

» Illinois Celebrates Its 2015 Thoroughbred Racing Champions
05/29/16 01:00 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Though Saturday night's Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation Awards Dinner featured more traditional banquet fare, few would have complained had the event been catered by Lou Malnati's. After all, the ...

» Flipcup and Surgical Strike Prevail in Photo Finishes at Arlington
05/28/16 19:06 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -- Saturday was as muggy as Friday, but in a welcome deviation from the day before, the rain stayed away.  The card featured a pair of Grade III races.  The Arlington Matron, the earlier of the two races, featured the o...

» The Amazing Met Mile-Belmont Stakes Double of Conquistador Cielo
05/28/16 14:17 from NewsWire
I’m not sure that any horse enjoyed a better week of racing than did Conquistador Cielo back in the late spring of 1982. A lightly raced graded stakes winner colt at two, the son of top sire, Mr. Prospector, accomplished something at thr...

» full-card Arlington picks and analysis: 5.28.16
05/27/16 23:10 from Blinkers Off
Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and Arlington has an excellent Saturday card.  It features eight races, including a pair of graded stakes.  The card also features the first two-year-old race of the meet — and, to the relief ...

» Will Exaggerator join this Elite Group of Preakness & Belmont Winners?
05/27/16 11:51 from NewsWire
Off a strong second in the Kentucky Derby , and a rather dominant score in the Preakness , Exaggerator has proven to be one of the best of his foal crop. The classic winning son of Curlin next heads to Belmont Park as the now horse, and ...

» Chicago Railbird: 5.28.15
05/27/16 09:11 from Blinkers Off
The stakes season at Arlington rolls on this weekend.  Over at Chicago Railbird, I have a full preview of the Arlington Matron. The race attracted a mix of locals and shippers, a mix of runners proven on the Arlington polytrack and ones ...

» First Time Owner: A Big Week with Bourbon Lane!
05/26/16 14:29 from NewsWire
I feel like one of those callers on a sports radio show. Long-time listener -- First-time caller. For me, the listener part covers the more than four decades of following and loving thoroughbred horse racing. Now, finally, I got to make ...

» Picks and Ponderings:2016 Arlington Matron and Arlington Classic Preview
05/25/16 22:47 from Blinkers Off
The Arlington stakes season continues this weekend with a pair of Grade III races, the Arlington Matron and the Arlington Classic. I take a look at the three-year-old turf set in the Arlington Classic.  Paul Mazur, on the other hand, put...

» 2016 Arlington Matron & Arlington Classic Preview
05/25/16 22:36 from Picks and Ponderings on Chicago Horse Racing Recent Posts
The Arlington stakes season got underway last week with the Hanshin Cup (GIII).  Picks and Ponderings keeps its focus close to home this week, focusing on the pair of Grade III races at the local oval this Saturday: the Arlington Matron ...

» Pletcher could hold the Pace cards in the Belmont Stakes
05/25/16 07:53 from NewsWire
With the defection of the Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, from the Belmont Stakes , the prospective field for the final leg of the 2016 Triple Crown appears to be devoid of pace. Exaggerator will be favored, but likes to come from behind...

» DerbyWars Wednesday Webcast
05/24/16 17:17 from Blinkers Off
I’m thrilled to be a guest on the next DerbyWars Wednesday Webcast! The webcast is this Wednesday, May 25.  It starts at 8:30pm Eastern, and I’ll be on at 9:30pm.  We’ll be chatting racing, contest play, and the Triple ...

» Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta — for members only?
05/24/16 15:11 from Blinkers Off
Twitter is abuzz with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s announcement that tickets to this year’s induction will be available to members only. Most of the reactions I’ve seen have been negative — how...

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