Songbird primed for Saratoga glory in CCA Oaks

The Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks is the centerpiece of this year’s opening Sunday card at Saratoga, and it does not lack star power. #1 SONGBIRD (4-5, morning-line favorite) is seeking her ninth straight win after starting her career 8-for-8 with seven stakes triumphs. Standing in her way are just four other fillies, headed…

Miss Temple City takes on Brown quartet in Diana Stakes

The first Grade I event of the Saratoga meeting is the Diana Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile-and-an-eighth on turf. The $500,000 Diana takes place this Saturday at 5:55 p.m. EST, and it goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program. Don’t forget to participate in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! #2 MISS…

Jockey Spotlight: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Some things just run in the family. Brian Hernandez Jr. knew at a young age that he wanted to be a jockey just like his father. “I just I grew up on [racing].” he told ESPN in a 2013 profile. “My dad started riding, and I was like 3 the first time I went to the…

Indiana Derby picks and fantasy analysis

Saturday’s Grade II, 500,000 Indiana Derby drew a solid cast of 12 three-year-olds. They’ll go one-and-one-sixteenth miles over the Indiana Grand oval when the latch springs on the program’s ninth race (approximately 9:41 p.m. EST). Remember to use this preview in determining your picks for FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! The two horses with the…

I’m a Chatterbox is the talk of the Delaware Handicap

Delaware Park is the site for the Grade I, 750,000 Delaware Handicap this Saturday; a compact field of six fillies and mares has assembled for this mile-and-a-quarter test. Going as Race 9, post time for the crown jewel of the Delaware Park meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. EST. Be sure to get involved in…

Jockey Spotlight: Irad Ortiz Jr.

The path to the top of the horse racing world is normally a long and arduous one, but for Irad Ortiz Jr, that was not the case. In 2011, his first year as a rider in the United States, Ortiz Jr. won 151 races. The native Puerto Rican showed that 2011 was no fluke when…

Catch a Glimpse takes on 12 in Belmont Oaks

Turf fillies will be front-and-center in the Grade I, $1 million Belmont Oaks at Belmont Park this Saturday. As Race 10 on the program, it’ll go off at around 5:46 p.m. EST. Like the Belmont Derby I discussed earlier, the Oaks is one of many important races going on at Belmont for FanXT’s Daily Fantasy…

Don’t sell Call Provision short in Belmont Derby

The prestigious Grade I, $1.25 million Belmont Derby takes place this Saturday at Belmont Park and headlines the annual “Stars and Stripes Festival” at the New York venue. Going as Race 8 on an 11-race program, the mile-and-a-quarter Belmont Derby is scheduled to go off at 4:38 p.m. EST. It will represent one of many…

Jockey Spotlight: Joe Talamo

Despite being just 26 years of age, Joe Talamo has established himself as one of the west coast’s best riders. Although he has yet to notch a win in the Triple Crown series, his list of accomplishments in Southern California is extensive, including multiple Grade I victories. He even won a Breeders’ Cup race at…