Exaggerator stands out in field of 14 for Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes is the centerpiece on a star-studded 13-race card at Saratoga this Saturday. Going as the 11th race, post time is estimated at 5:44 p.m. EST. “The Midsummer Derby” drew a full field for the first time since 1977, and contains a mixture of graded stakes winners and up-and-comers….

Tempting longshots highlight Travers undercard at Saratoga

There are a total of six Grade I stakes on the Saturday card at Saratoga, which is headlined by the Travers Stakes for three-year-olds. The Travers will be covered in a different article; this is a preview of three of the races on Saturday that will have major implications in the division standings, as well…

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…