Backyard Heaven should continue win streak in Stephen Foster

The Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is the centerpiece on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of nine older males will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the main course. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on a stakes-laden 11-race program; post time is 9:39 p.m. EST. Remember to take part in…

Weekly jockey review, 6/13/18; Smith completes rare Triple Crown atop Justify

The Belmont Stakes and its accompanying action at Belmont Park will encompass most of this week’s jockey review. However, Churchill and Santa Anita will also be discussed. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Mike Smith masterfully guided Justify to victory in gate-to-wire style in the Belmont Stakes to complete…

Hofburg should spoil Justify’s Triple Crown bid in Belmont Stakes

The Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes takes place for the 150th time on Saturday at New York’s Belmont Park. JUSTIFY looks to become the 13th Triple Crown winner (and the second to be undefeated in doing so) while pitted against nine rivals in this 1 1/2-mile test of stamina. The Belmont, Race 11 of…

Belmont selections, jockey analysis for Friday, 6/8/18

Five stakes races are on tap at Belmont Park on the day before the Belmont Stakes. We’ll take a look at a pair of them here. In addition to watching and wagering, don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 5:14 p.m. EST) The Grade II New York Stakes…

Weekly jockey review, 6/6/18; Belmont, Penn, Santa Anita highlights

Belmont and Penn National shared the spotlight on the east coast on the Saturday before the Belmont Stakes, while Santa Anita featured stakes action out west all weekend long. We’ll see which jockeys fared best here. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Jose Ortiz won six times last week…

Empire Showcase Day brings out New York’s best at Belmont

Belmont treats horseplayers to an exciting 11-race card restricted to New York-bred runners this Saturday. Eight total stakes will be contested, including the $300,000 Empire Classic and $250,000 Empire Distaff. Study the races carefully if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Race 5 The Empire Classic #3 TWISTED TOM (2-1, morning-line favorite) is…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…

Latch onto Patch in West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer plays host to the Grade III, $750,000 West Virginia Derby this Saturday on a special afternoon card. The 1 1/8-mile stake drew a field of 11 three-year-olds hailing from several different locations. Post time for the West Virginia Derby, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 5:21 p.m. EST. Don’t forget about…

Distance specialist Bigger Picture out for more in Bowling Green

The Grade II, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes came up strong on a star-studded Saturday card at Saratoga. The Grade II Jim Dandy, Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Grade II Amsterdam are also part of the 11-race extravaganza, with the Bowling Green going off as Race 9. Post time for the 1 3/8-mile turf event…