Guarana stands out in re-scheduled CCA Oaks

The Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks will be renewed this Sunday at Saratoga after Saturday’s program was postponed due to extreme heat. Despite the lofty stature of this 1 1/8-mile race, just five horses are entered. That is due in part to the daunting presence of GUARANA, a convincing winner in Belmont’s Grade…

King for a Day, Maximum Security meet again in Haskell

Monmouth Park’s biggest annual event, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds drew a field of seven led by the one-two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes (the local prep), KING FOR A DAY and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the Haskell, Race 12 of 14…

Catalina Cruiser seeks second straight San Diego score

The Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap is the feature race on opening Saturday at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of six led by last year’s winner, CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the San Diego, Race 4 of 10 on the day, is 6:30 p.m. ET. #1 CATALINA CRUISER (1-2, morning-line…

Math Wizard can conjure an Indiana Derby upset

The Grade III, $500,000 Indiana Derby is set for Saturday evening at Indiana Grand racecourse. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 11 led by heavily-favored MR. MONEY. Post time for the Indiana Derby, Race 9 on a 10-race program loaded with stakes, is 11:02 p.m. ET. #10 MATH WIZARD (9-2) is the most…

Homerique hunts Grade I glory in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes drew a compact but accomplished field of six as Saturday’s centerpiece race at Saratoga. The 1 1/8 turf classic goes as the ninth of 11 events on the opening Saturday card at “The Spa.” Approximate post time is 5:46 p.m. ET. #6 HOMERIQUE (5-2) is one of four being…

Elate seeks second straight Delaware Handicap win

The Grade II, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the highlight of the Delaware Park meeting, is set for Saturday. A field of nine fillies and mares will do battle over a demanding 1 1/4-miles on the main course. Post time for the Delaware Handicap, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 5:25 p.m. ET. #7 ELATE…

Weekly jockey review, 7/10/19; Lezcano conquers Belmont meet

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont, Monmouth and Los Alamitos will be in the spotlight. Belmont Jose Lezcano earned his first NYRA riding title at the Belmont spring/summer meet, as he held off Luis Saez 44-43. He capped off the meeting with a three-win final…

Seismic Wave seeks redemption in Belmont Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Belmont Derby is among the many important races taking place at Belmont Park this Saturday. The first leg of the initial Turf Trinity series drew a field of 14. Post time for the Belmont Derby, Race 9 on an 11-race card, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #3 SEISMIC WAVE (5-1) was…

Olendon adds international intrigue to Belmont Oaks

The Grade I, $750,000 Belmont Oaks, the first leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, is one of several graded stakes being contested at Belmont Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat drew a field of nine female grass specialists. Post time for the Belmont Oaks, Race 7 of 11, is 4:30 p.m. ET. #1 OLENDON…