Weekly jockey review, 07/31/19

Racing continues at the two most prestigious meets of the summer, Saratoga and Del Mar. FanXT highlights the jockey achievements at those respective circuits below as well as Monmouth Park. Saratoga Jose Ortiz leads all riders at “The Spa” with 18 wins after three weeks of racing. He piloted six victors last week, including Highest…

Ollie’s Candy out for more dirt blacktype in Clement L. Hirsch

The Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch highlights the action at Del Mar this Sunday. A field of seven older fillies and mares has assembled for the 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Clement L. Hirsch, Race 7 on an eight-race program, is estimated for 8 p.m. ET. #4 OLLIE’S CANDY (5-1) has just…

Chief Cicatriz an intriguing longshot in Bing Crosby

The Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes is the feature race at Del Mar this Saturday. A field of eight will contest this prestigious six-furlong event. Post time for the Bing Crosby, the eighth of nine races on the day, is approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. #6 CHIEF CICATRIZ (12-1) is 10-for-15 lifetime, and though he…

Global Campaign could break out in Jim Dandy

The Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight at Saratoga this Saturday. A compact but quality field of six will line up in the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test that’s a logical prep for next month’s Travers Stakes. The Jim Dandy, going as Race 11 of 12 on the day,…

Weekly jockey review, 7/24/19; Saez is sharp at Saratoga, Monmouth

The Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets are in full swing, and FanXT has the highlights from last week at these circuits covered below. Haskell weekend at Monmouth Park will also be discussed. Saratoga Jose Ortiz won eight times at “The Spa” last week to take the lead in the Saratoga jockey standings. Among his…

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…