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Posted Friday, September 06, 2013
A preview of the Arlington Washington Futurity and the Arlington Washington Lassie
Posted Sunday, August 18, 2013
British-bred takes second running of the American St. Leger
Posted Sunday, July 14, 2013
No horse had won the Arlington Handicap more than twice in its 84 year history until about 2 minutes and 1.66 seconds past 5:25 yesterday when Rahystrada won it for a third time.
Posted Friday, July 12, 2013
We have a big weekend coming up at Arlington Park, but I would first like to thank those who have been awaiting a new HHH article for putting up with my 31-60 day layoff. Perhaps I will have a good record after the hiatus, much like Dark Cove's trainer Mike Maker (26%), ideally with a better ROI.
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013
The return of Nates Mineshaft is just one of the stories Saturday at Arlington Park.
Posted Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Important handicapping lessons and even more important wagering lessons I learned from Kentucky Derby 2013.
Posted Friday, May 03, 2013
ORB. The only trepidation I had was odds-based, but as he looks to go off at 4- or 5-1, I'm all in. He's beaten good horses, he's trained well, he's been pointed here, he's won a Grade 1 race, he's bred for the distance, and he has a running style which should take full advantage of every furlong.
Posted Sunday, April 21, 2013
There was no getting around the favorites in yesterdays features at Hawthorne. I could not find much of a way around Departing in the feature and neither could the betting public. The lightly-raced War Front gelding was sent off at 19-10, bet down from his morning line odds of 7/2. Ground Transport was quickest from the Illinois Derby gate, but he would not have his way on the lead. Taken by the Storm disputed the pace early and prevailed after a half mile. He maintained a narrow lead after ¾, but after that it was all Departing, who said goodbye to the field in the stretch and drew off to a 3 ¼ length victory under Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2013
Lack of Kentucky Derby qualifying points does not keep 14 quality 3-year-olds from Hawthorne this Saturday!
Posted Sunday, April 07, 2013
Verrazano will seek to do for trainer Todd Pletcher what Gemologist could not do in last year's Kentucky Derby.
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Meet Alex Fawell 

Unlike many, I did not grow up with horseracing. My first time at the races was the 2008 Kentucky Derby. I bet on Colonel John. That fall, I had the good fortune to go to England, where I visited Ascot and Kempton. When I returned to the U.S., I was hooked. I started reading handicapping books, studying historic sire lines, watching races and going to Portland Meadows regularly. While the purses there were small, I was able to be close to the action and see firsthand the day-to-day operations of an average American racetrack.


Last year I moved home to Chicago. I went to Arlington for the first time this year. In the interim, I have devoted my time to understanding all aspects of horseracing  I hope to provide unique isights on handicapping perspectives and multifaceted analyses on the state of horseracing today. I will strive to write with an open mind and a willingness to learn through the writing process. I will not claim to be an expert, but I will read thoroughly, write carefully, and be honest.


To me, the all-time greats are Kelso, John Henry, Round Table and Yeats. Horses I like because they have won me money include Raven's Pass, Alternation, and I'll Have Another. The greatest horse I have even seen live is Zenyatta. I also enjoy the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks, Mexican food, good Bourbon, and old-time music - specifically that played on the 5-string banjo. Thanks for reading!

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