Guarana stands out in re-scheduled CCA Oaks

The Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks will be renewed this Sunday at Saratoga after Saturday’s program was postponed due to extreme heat. Despite the lofty stature of this 1 1/8-mile race, just five horses are entered. That is due in part to the daunting presence of GUARANA, a convincing winner in Belmont’s Grade…

Catalina Cruiser seeks second straight San Diego score

The Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap is the feature race on opening Saturday at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of six led by last year’s winner, CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the San Diego, Race 4 of 10 on the day, is 6:30 p.m. ET. #1 CATALINA CRUISER (1-2, morning-line…

Homerique hunts Grade I glory in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes drew a compact but accomplished field of six as Saturday’s centerpiece race at Saratoga. The 1 1/8 turf classic goes as the ninth of 11 events on the opening Saturday card at “The Spa.” Approximate post time is 5:46 p.m. ET. #6 HOMERIQUE (5-2) is one of four being…

Weekly jockey review, 7/10/19; Lezcano conquers Belmont meet

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont, Monmouth and Los Alamitos will be in the spotlight. Belmont Jose Lezcano earned his first NYRA riding title at the Belmont spring/summer meet, as he held off Luis Saez 44-43. He capped off the meeting with a three-win final…

Seismic Wave seeks redemption in Belmont Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Belmont Derby is among the many important races taking place at Belmont Park this Saturday. The first leg of the initial Turf Trinity series drew a field of 14. Post time for the Belmont Derby, Race 9 on an 11-race card, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #3 SEISMIC WAVE (5-1) was…

Olendon adds international intrigue to Belmont Oaks

The Grade I, $750,000 Belmont Oaks, the first leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, is one of several graded stakes being contested at Belmont Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat drew a field of nine female grass specialists. Post time for the Belmont Oaks, Race 7 of 11, is 4:30 p.m. ET. #1 OLENDON…

Weekly jockey review, 7/3/19

Belmont’s meet is about to end, while Churchill’s concluded over the weekend. Meanwhile, Los Alamitos just opened for business on Saturday. Here are the jockey highlights for the week that was. Belmont The final week of Belmont’s spring/summer meet has arrived, and Jose Lezcano’s once-commanding lead has shrunk to a narrow two wins over Luis…

Dunbar Road stands out in Mother Goose

The Grade II, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes is the highlight of Belmont Park’s nine-race Saturday program. Six three-year-old fillies, including the highly-promising DUNBAR ROAD, will compete in this prestigious 1 1/16th-mile event. Post time for the Mother Goose, Race 8 on the day at Belmont, is 5:18 p.m. ET. #1 DUNBAR ROAD (4-5, morning-line favorite)…

Weekly jockey review, 6/26/19; Saez bags a dozen at Belmont

Summer racing is in full swing with Belmont and Monmouth going strong on the east coast. Meanwhile, out west, Santa Anita’s marathon meet that was marred with controversy came to a close last weekend. We’ll review all the action here, highlighting jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano is still the leading rider at Belmont as the…

Focus Group should get first Grade I score in United Nations

The Grade I, $300,000 United Nations Stakes will bring some top turf runners together at Monmouth Park this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile heat drew a field of eight. Post time for the United Nations, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is approximately 5:28 p.m. ET. #4 FOCUS GROUP (2-1, morning-line favorite) was empty late in…