Zulu Alpha looms large in Elkhorn

Saturday’s feature race at Keeneland is the Grade II, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes. The 1 1/2-mile event takes place on the lawn and attracted 10 runners. Post time for the Elkhorn, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 5:30 p.m. Eastern. #10 ZULU ALPHA (8-5, morning-line favorite) goes for his third straight stakes victory in…

War Story can earn redemption in Charles Town Classic

The Grade II, $1 million Charles Town Classic is set for Saturday at Charles Town racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile handicap heat drew a field of 10 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Charles Town Classic, Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race program, is 5:37 p.m. Eastern. #9 WAR STORY (7-2, morning-line favorite) has hit…

Weekly jockey review, 4/17/19; Smith sweeps Grade Is at Oaklawn

It’s time to catch up on the spring meet jockey standings at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita. We’ll also visit Oaklawn, where a muddy Arkansas Derby weekend came and went. Aqueduct Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano are tied at 13 wins apiece heading into the final week of racing at the Aqueduct spring meet. Each…

Improbable far from impossible in Arkansas Derby

The Grade I Arkansas Derby, the final 170-point Kentucky Derby prep, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/8-mile dirt event drew a field of 11, led by both of last month’s Rebel division winners, OMAHA BEACH and LONG RANGE TODDY, as well as Bob Baffert’s IMPROBABLE. Post time for the Arkansas Derby, Race…

Rushing Fall can build on perfect Keeneland record in Jenny Wiley

Older female turfers will be in the spotlight at Keeneland on Saturday in the Grade I, $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile event goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program that also includes the Grade III Lexington Stakes for Kentucky Derby aspirants. Post time for the eight-horse Jenny Wiley is 6:12 p.m. Eastern….

Grade I glory up for grabs in Maker’s 46 Mile

The Grade I, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile is set for Friday at Keeneland. The one-mile turf classic lured an accomplished field of eight. Post time for the Maker’s 46 Mile, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. Eastern. #4 DELTA PRINCE (7-2) is training lights-out for his first start since fading to third…

Lady Apple is most appealing in Fantasy

The Grade III, $500,000 Fantasy Stakes is set for Friday at Oaklawn Park on the eve of the Arkansas Derby. The 1 1/16th-mile Kentucky Oaks prep drew a competitive field of 12. Going as Race 8 of 10 on the day, estimated post time for the Fantasy is 5:42 p.m. Eastern. #4 LADY APPLE (6-1)…

Weekly jockey review, 4/10/19; Castellano wins early and often at Keeneland

It was a super Saturday for horse racing, as the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby were held at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita, respectively. Let’s review the results for the week at each circuit, focusing on the top jockey performances. Aqueduct Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano both got off to successful…

Tax tries to add to Derby point total in wide-open Wood Memorial

Aqueduct’s final Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial, is set for Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of 11 looking for vital Derby points. The winner will receive 100 points, the runner-up 40, third 20 and fourth 10. Post time for the Wood Memorial, Race 10 on an 11-race program,…

Game Winner should garner Kentucky Derby auto-bid in Santa Anita Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby drew just six runners, but it’s a quality field. The 1 1/8-mile heat attracted the likes of GAME WINNER, ROADSTER, and INSTAGRAND. Going as Race 8 on an 11-race card that also includes the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap, estimated post time for the Santa Anita Derby is…