Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…

Weekly jockey review, 9/18/19

FanXT dives into the week that was in horse racing, highlighting jockey achievements on both coasts. Belmont Manny Franco has bounced back from a rough Saratoga meet to take the lead in the Belmont fall season. He’s in front of Jose Lezcano 13-11 through two weeks. Franco notched 10 wins last week on the strength…

Got Stormy’s momentum should roll on in Woodbine Mile

The Grade I, $1 million Woodbine Mile anchors the Saturday card at Canada’s Woodbine racecourse. A field of 11, led by Fourstardave winner GOT STORMY (a filly), will line up at the gate for the richest race of the weekend. Post time for the prestigious turf heat, Race 9 of 12 on the day, is…

Competitive Iroquois, Pocahontas Stakes kick off Churchill meet

Two-year-olds take center stage at Churchill Downs on Saturday as fillies compete in the Pocahontas Stakes while males go in the Iroquois Stakes, a 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby prep. Previews of both races are below. Churchill Race 9 (Post time: 4:53 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on dirt #7 BRITISH IDIOM…

Campaign can shake up division in Kentucky Turf Cup

The Grade III, $1,000,000 Kentucky Turf Cup, the centerpiece of the boutique Kentucky Downs meet, anchors their Saturday program. The 1 1/2-mile heat lured 14 older grass horses. Post time for the Kentucky Turf Cup, the finale on a 10-race program, is 6:35 p.m. ET. #11 CAMPAIGN (5-1) has been running exclusively on dirt in…

Digital Age, Spanish Mission tough to split in Jockey Club Derby

The inaugural $1 million Jockey Club Derby highlights opening Saturday at Belmont Park’s fall meet. Nine three-year-old colts will line up at the gate for the 1 1/2-mile turf test, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Trinity. Post time for the Jockey Club Derby, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:47 p.m….

Edisa a logical choice in Jockey Club Oaks

The $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks is among the appealing stakes races on opening Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Tiara, drew a field of eight three-year-old fillies. Post time for the inaugural Jockey Club Oaks, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 5:15 p.m….

Basin should sink foes in Hopeful

The Grade I, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes is the closing day feature at Saratoga. Seven aspiring two-year-olds will do battle over seven furlongs on what might be a muddy main course. Post time for the Hopeful, Race 10 of 11 on Monday afternoon, is 5:39 p.m. ET. #7 BASIN (5-1) earned a strong speed figure when…

Originaire gets tepid nod in wide-open Del Mar Derby

The Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Derby anchors the action on Sunday at Del Mar. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 10, including La Jolla Handicap winner KINGLY. Post time for the Del Mar Derby, Race 9 of 10 on the program, is 9:09 p.m. ET. #4 ORIGINAIRE (4-1) ran out of…