Authentic looks solid in Santa Anita Derby

The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Derby takes place at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. The delayed Kentucky Derby prep offers 170 points (100-40-20-10 format) toward the “Run for the Roses,” re-scheduled for Sept. 5. Seven three-year-olds will do battle over 1 1/8-miles in the Santa Anita Derby, the eighth of 11 races on a…

Croughavouke holds longshot appeal in Honeymoon

Three-year-old fillies will have the spotlight at Santa Anita this Saturday in the Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat saw nine runners enter, with favored #9 STELA STAR (2-1) drawn to the outside. Post time for the Honeymoon, Race 7 of nine on the day, is 6:37 p.m. ET. #4 CROUGHAVOUKE…

Neptune’s Storm can spring upset in Shoemaker

The Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile is Monday’s featured race at Santa Anita. The traditional Memorial Day fixture at “The Great Race Place” drew 11 of the best turf runners in the country.  Post time for the Shoemaker, Race 9 on an 11-race holiday program, is 7:38 p.m. ET. #10 NEPTUNE’S STORM (15-1) makes his…

Super Patriot can spring upset in Santa Ana

The Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes is the feature at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile turf event drew what looks to be an evenly-matched field of nine fillies and mares. Post time for the Santa Ana, Race 7 of nine on the day, is estimated for 6:31 p.m. ET. #1 SUPER…

Royal Act seeks crowning achievement in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds’ centerpiece race, the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby, will be run this Saturday at the historic New Orleans oval (5 p.m., NBCSN). Fourteen colts and geldings (plus two also-eligibles) will be tasked with a 1 3/16th-mile journey on the main track. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, which brings down the curtain…

Hard Not to Love has hurdles to overcome in Beholder

The Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita. The prestigious heat formerly known as the Vanity attracted seven fillies and mares. Post time for the Beholder, the seventh of eight races on an all-dirt program necessitated by expected rainfall, is approximately 7:07 p.m. ET. #2 DER LU (5-1) is the…

Cleopatra’s Strike, United tough to split in San Marcos

The Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes puts California’s best turf horses in the spotlight at Santa Anita this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat will see six older runners go postward, including former stakes winners CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE and OSCAR DOMINGUEZ and rising star UNITED. Post time for the San Marcos, the seventh of a scheduled…

Late-blooming Standard Deviation the smart wager in Hollywood Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Hollywood Derby brings some of the best three-year-old turf runners to Del Mar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted 13 runners from all over the country. Post time for the Hollywood Derby, Race 8 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. #9 STANDARD DEVIATION (6-1) was last…

Roadster should make good on early promise in Native Diver

The Grade III, $100,000 Native Diver Stakes, honoring one of the great handicap horses ever campaigned in California, will be renewed this Saturday at Del Mar. The 1 1/8-mile heat attracted six runners, including Santa Anita Derby winner ROADSTER. Estimated post time for the Native Diver, Race 8 of nine on the program, is 7…

Weekly jockey review, 11/20/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. remains on top at the current Aqueduct meet that runs until Dec. 8 with 18 victories. Five of those trips to the winner’s circle were made last week. He’s six wins clear…