Weekly jockey review, 3/19/19; Rebel day results and more

Oaklawn Park took most of the national attention last week with the split Rebel Stakes on Saturday, but there was also important racing going on at Aqueduct and Gulfstream. Let’s review the results here, noting which jockeys did best. We’ll also include an update on Santa Anita. Aqueduct Manny Franco has all but wrapped up…

Juvenile champ Game Winner makes return in Rebel

The Grade II, $750,000 Rebel Stakes, part of Arkansas’ road to the Kentucky Derby, takes place this Saturday. Oaklawn Park has split the 1 1/16th-mile event into two divisions, the latter of which drew 10 runners. Division two of the Rebel goes as Race 10 of 11, and estimated post time is 7:06 p.m. EST….

Galilean gets first shot vs. open company in Rebel

Oaklawn Park will be the site for two crucial Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday, as they split their Grade II Rebel Stakes into two divisions. The first division of the 1 1/16th-mile heat, which drew a field of nine, is slated for Race 8. Approximate post time for the $750,000 Rebel is 5:57 p.m. EST….

Jala Jala holds value in Inside Information

The Grade II, $200,000 Inside Information Stakes highlights the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted eight runners. Post time for the Inside Information Race 11 of 13 on the day, is estimated for 5:37 p.m. EST. #1 JALA JALA (6-1) has compiled an impressive record in her native…

Weekly jockey review, 3/13/19; Derby prep results, Santa Anita news and more

Most of thoroughbred racing’s preeminent winter meetings rolled on last week, with Santa Anita being a notable exception. Fortunately for fans and horsemen, “The Great Race Place” is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Mar. 22. Let’s go over the results from last week, paying close attention to racing from New York and Florida. Aqueduct Manny…

Haikal gets the call in the Gotham

New York’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues this Saturday with the Grade III, $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. A field of eight, led by the highly-regarded INSTAGRAND, will be tested over one mile on the main oval. The Gotham awards 50 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, down to five for running fourth. Post…

Win Win Win should live up to his name in Tampa Bay Derby

The Grade II, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, the centerpiece race of the year at Tampa Bay Downs, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 11 seeking valuable Kentucky Derby points. Fifty will go to the winner, down to five for finishing fourth. Post time for the Tampa Bay Derby is…

Fountain of Youth undercard selections, 3/2/19

In addition to the Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Gulfstream Park features eight graded stakes on a 14-race Saturday program. We’ll preview a pair of those races here. Gulfstream Race 7 (Post time: 2:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $150,000 The Very One Stakes 1 3/16th-miles on turf Several of…

Vekoma makes 2019 debut in Fountain of Youth

Several noteworthy sophomores will line up in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. There are 11 three-year-old colts in total that will race the 1 1/16th-miles on the main oval. Also on the line are 85 Kentucky Derby points, with 50 designated to the winner. Post time for the Fountain…