Weekly jockey review, 2/26/19

It’s time to review the week that was in thoroughbred racing, recapping jockey performances at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita. See who is gaining momentum as Kentucky Derby prep season heats up. Aqueduct Manny Franco is starting to distance himself from the competition at “The Big A.” After a nine-win week, he boosted his meet…

Comebacking Quip highlights Hal’s Hope

The Grade III, $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The one-mile heat for open company attracted an accomplished field of nine. Post time for the Hal’s Hope, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is 4:58 p.m. EST. #5 QUIP (4-1) appears to be the horse with the most upside in…

Vasilika looms large in Buena Vista

Some of the best older fillies and mares of the turf will take center stage on Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes. The one-mile heat drew a field of 10 in pursuit of a $200,000 purse. Post time for the Buena Vista, Race 8 on a 10-race program, is 7…

Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…

Classy Cal-breds collide in Derby, Oaks at Santa Anita

The California Cup Derby and California Cup Oaks will be contested this holiday Monday at Santa Anita. The Derby drew just five but features GALILEAN, while the Oaks attracted nine. Without further ado, let’s dig into these co-featured events at “The Great Race Place.” Santa Anita Race 4 (Post time: 5:04 p.m. Eastern) The $200,000…

Jersey Agenda is a breakout candidate in Southwest Stakes

Oaklawn Park’s Presidents Day feature is the Grade III, $500,000 Southwest Stakes, which lured 11 three-year-olds. The second milestone on Arkansas’ road to the Kentucky Derby is worth 10 Derby points to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on the day at Oaklawn, goes postward at 6:09 p.m. EST. #5…

War of Will the one to catch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner this year, takes place on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Going as the finale on a 12-race program, the 1 1/16th-mile heat is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EST. A field of 14 is expected to compete, with…

Rymska should roll to Suwannee River score

The Grade III, $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes is the richest race on tap for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile grass event for older fillies and mares drew a field of eight, including heavily-favored RYMSKA. Owing to her presence, Gulfstream officials decided to card the Suwannee River as the sixth of 12 races. Approximate…

Still Dreaming seeks Sam F. Davis upset

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs’ local prep for next month’s Tampa Bay Derby, drew a field of 10 in search of vital Kentucky Derby points. A total of 17 are at stake, with 10 being awarded to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Sam F. Davis will go as the…