Code of Honor should triumph in Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the traditional centerpiece of the Saratoga meeting, will be renewed for the 150th time this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew full field of 12. Post time for the Travers, Race 11 of 13 on the day, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #2 CODE OF HONOR (4-1) crushed his…

Catalina Cruiser is imposing in Pat O’Brien

The Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes puts sprinters in the spotlight at Del Mar this Saturday. The seven-furlong heat attracted seven runners, including the highly-regarded CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the Pat O’Brien, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 9 p.m. ET. #7 CATALINA CRUISER (4-5, morning-line favorite) bypassed the Pacific Classic…

Dunbar Road doesn’t scare off many in Alabama

The 2019 rendition of the Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes promises to be a good one. The Saturday feature at Saratoga lured nine accomplished three-year-old fillies, including DUNBAR ROAD. The Alabama, to be contested at 1 1/4-miles, is the featured 10th race on an 11-race program. Post time for the Saratoga staple is 5:59 p.m….

March to the Arch an appealing upset candidate in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The one-mile turf heat drew a field of 10 led by morning-line favorite UNI, a mare running against the boys. Post time for the Fourstardave, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #1 MARCH…

Weekly jockey review, 8/8/19

The first weekend of August was filled to the brim with stakes action at Saratoga and Del Mar. We’ll recap the highlights here, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga The Ortiz brothers top the standings at Saratoga with four weeks of racing in the books. Jose leads older sibling Irad 27-22 after winning nine times last…

Digital Age seeks redemption in Saratoga Derby

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Derby highlights the Sunday action at Saratoga racecourse. The 1 3/16th-mile turf stake, part of the newly-commissioned “Turf Trinity” series at NYRA, drew an evenly-matched field of 11, led by Belmont Derby winner HENLEY’S JOY. Post time for the Saratoga Derby, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 5:48 p.m….

Valedictorian can wire the field in Yellow Ribbon

The Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap is the Saturday feature at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile turf heat for fillies and mares drew a talented and well-traveled field of nine. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, Race 8 of 10 at Del Mar, is approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. #6 VALEDICTORIAN (6-1) is an intriguing…