Jockey Spotlight: Victor Espinoza

Victor Espinoza’s life has followed the classic “rags to riches” path. At age 17 he was driving a bus to pay his way through jockey school in Mexico City. Now Espinoza is sitting on top of the horse racing world as the first jockey to win the Triple Crown since 1978. “When I started, it…

Songbird takes on six in the Alabama Stakes

Saratoga plays host to the esteemed Alabama Stakes this Saturday, and the Grade I, $600,000 event drew a worthy star indeed in SONGBIRD, who seeks her tenth straight win. She faces an assortment of six new and familiar three-year-old fillies, all of whom will be going further than they’ve ever gone before; 1 1/4 miles….

Jockey Spotlight: Jose Lezcano

Jose Lezcano may not win at a very high percentage like Paco Lopez, and he isn’t considered a “big-money” rider like John Velazquez, but Lezcano’s ability to churn out strong seasons while flying under the radar makes him one of the country’s most respected jockeys. In fact, Lezcano has been in the top 10 in…

Grade I Fourstardave has a ‘Ring’ to it

The Fourstardave Handicap, recently promoted to Grade I status, is the Saturday feature at Saratoga. A field of nine (excluding the main track only) will go postward for this one-mile turf event at approximately 6:32 p.m. EST (the program’s 10th race). The Fourstardave offers plenty of ways to make a big score, as well as…

The Pizza Man pursues Arlington Million repeat

The Grade I Arlington Million is set to be contested this Saturday at Arlington Park in Illinois. A stacked field of 12 will go 1 1/4 miles on the turf course; estimated post time is 6:09 p.m. EST (Race 9 on the program). Don’t forget to try out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game if you…

Jockey Spotlight: Cornelio Velasquez

For over a decade, New York horseplayers have seen Cornelio Velasquez’s name near the top of the jockey standings at almost every NYRA meet. He’s won multiple riding titles at Aqueduct and won the Angel Cordero award for earning the most wins at Saratoga in 2007. Velasquez, who’s ridden over 3,000 winners in the states…

Frosted looks to give Effinex the cold shoulder in the Whitney

The Grade I, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday, and owing to the presence of FROSTED, just six horses will go postward for the prestigious mile-and-an-eighth event. As Race 10 on the program, the Whitney has an estimated post time of 6:18 p.m. EST. And don’t forget about FanXT’s…

Cupid takes aim at second straight stakes in West Virginia Derby

Graded stakes glory and a $750,000 purse are on the line in Saturday’s West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. A full field of 12 will line up at the gate for Race 8 on the all-stakes program, with an estimated post time of 5:21 p.m. EST. This race offers extra points in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey…

Jockey Spotlight: Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia’s life story seems like something out of a Hollywood script. He emigrated from Mexico to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a deli in Pleasanton, CA. After learning that Teri Terry, the owner of the deli, owned a horse, Garcia implored her to let him ride, and Terry discovered…