American Oaks attracts accomplished field of 13

Three-year-old fillies get one more shot against restricted company in Santa Anita’s New Year’s Eve feature; the American Oaks. A Grade I event worth $300,000, the 1 1/4-mile turf heat drew a field of 13. It’ll go as Race 8 on a nine-race program, with post time estimated at 7:00 p.m. EST. The American Oaks…

Jockey Spotlight: Stewart Elliott

Stewart Elliott, best known for riding Smarty Jones in the 2004 Triple Crown races, has been on the comeback trail in Southern California for about a year now. Despite limited starts, Elliott has done enough to turn heads and even land a few mounts for the area’s top trainer, Bob Baffert. “It felt good—just kinda…

Mind Your Biscuits can mow them down in the Malibu

An accomplished field of 10 goes in Santa Anita’s opening day feature, the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, on Monday. The three-year-old sprinters will run seven furlongs on the main course in Race 8; approximate post time 7:00 p.m. EST. Southern California’s best jockeys will be present all day long, so be sure to study…

Jockey Spotlight: Paco Lopez

Paco Lopez is among the game’s most underrated riders. The 31-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico topped 2,000 career wins on Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park, and he’s dominated at Monmouth Park since 2010. In fact, Lopez won the 2014 Monmouth meet by 62 wins, amassing more victories than the next two jockeys combined. He won…

Gulfstream Park selections and jockey analysis, 12/17/16

A trio of Grade III stakes highlight Gulfstream Park’s Saturday card; the Sugar Swirl, the Rampart, and the Harlan’s Holiday. As usual, many of the nation’s top riders will be present as Gulfstream’s championship meet rolls on. Be sure to study these races carefully if you’re taking part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! #1…

Jockey Spotlight: Jon Court

The well-respected Jon Court may have turned 56 this year, but he’s still riding at the upper echelon of the game. He just earned his 4,000th win at Turfway Park on Dec. 3 and doesn’t have plans to retire any time soon. “[Retirement] is a topic that comes up quite regularly,” Court told Oaklawn Park’s…

Union Strike seeks to spoil Starlet

The Grade I, $300,000 Starlet Stakes for two-year-old fillies is the feature at Los Alamitos Racecourse on Saturday afternoon. Going as Race 8 on a nine-race program, post time for the 1 1/16th-mile event is 6:58 p.m. EST. Several of Southern Cal’s finest riders will make the trip to Los Al, so be sure to…

Jockey Spotlight: Kent Desormeaux

Kent Desormeaux has experienced the highs and lows of being a professional rider on numerous occasions. Just this year Desormeaux won the Preakness Stakes on Exaggerator, then days later entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and wasn’t able to ride for nearly a month. Though his personal demons have gotten the better of him at times,…

Camelot Kitten can claw past Hollywood Derby field

The Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby highlights Del Mar’s closing Saturday card. Going as the seventh of nine races (estimated post time 6:30 p.m. EST), the Hollywood Derby features 12 three-year-olds going nine furlongs on turf. This is a great betting race, but be sure to play along in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game too!…