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…

Lightly-raced Hofburg holds value in Kentucky Derby

After months of anticipation, the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew a field of 20 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Derby, Race 12 of 14 on the day, is 6:50 p.m. EST. Many of America’s top jockeys will be present,…

Irish invader Zhukova intrigues in Man o’ War

The Grade I, $400,000 Man o’ War Stakes is the feature on a potentially soggy Saturday at Belmont Park. This field of eight will have their mettle tested at 1 3/8 miles on a grass course that’s likely to be listed as yielding or soft. Post time for the Man o’ War, the eighth of…

Yorkiepoo Princess the one to beat in the Busher

Kentucky Oaks-minded fillies will be in the spotlight at Aqueduct this Saturday, as the $150k Busher Stakes is the feature. The 1 1/16th-mile event, worth 50 points toward the Kentucky Oaks to the winner down to five points for fourth, drew a field of 10. Post time for the Busher, the eighth race of the…

Jockey Spotlight: Junior Alvarado

Junior Alvarado has dreamed big all his life, and his dreams have become reality since he took out his jockey’s license in 2007. Alvarado has won eight Grade I races since coming to America, and has forged key partnerships with trainers Bill Mott, Kiaran McLaughlin and Christophe Clement, among others. Alvarado was inspired to become…

Tourist tops strong Shadwell Turf Mile

A field of 11 goes in the featured Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Saturday afternoon. Listed as Race 9 on the program, estimated post time is 5:45 p.m. EST. It will be one of many races at Keeneland worth big points in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game, so study carefully! #10 TOURIST…

Jockey Spotlight: Jose Lezcano

Jose Lezcano may not win at a very high percentage like Paco Lopez, and he isn’t considered a “big-money” rider like John Velazquez, but Lezcano’s ability to churn out strong seasons while flying under the radar makes him one of the country’s most respected jockeys. In fact, Lezcano has been in the top 10 in…

Shoemaker Mile draws strong six-horse group

Six of America’s best turf milers have come together to contest the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. It’ll go as Race 6 on the program at the Southern California venue, with an estimated post time of 4:30 p.m. PST. #1 HEART TO HEART (9-5, morning-line favorite) is clearly the…

Grade I glory up for grabs in the Man o’ War

Nine turfers are set to go a mile and three-eighths on Saturday at Belmont in the Grade I Man o’ War. The feature event of the day, it’ll go as Race 10 on the program with a post time of 6:17 p.m. EST. #9 WAKE FOREST was established as the 2-1 favorite on the morning-line…