Weekly jockey review, 4/11/18

Three crucial Kentucky Derby preps, plus opening weekend at Keeneland, are now behind us. Let’s recap the action here, focusing on which jockeys excelled at their respective circuits. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Junior Alvarado, Manny Franco and Kendrick Carmouche are tied atop the leaderboard one week into the spring…

Plenty of value to be had in the Haskell

Monmouth’s biggest race of the year, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Sunday. Seven three-year-old colts, all of whom participated in the Triple Crown series, will fight it out over 1 1/8th-miles on the main course. The Haskell goes as Race 12 of 14, with an approximate post time of 5:47…

Girvin’s a slam dunk in Ohio Derby

The Grade III, $500,000 Ohio Derby takes place at Thistledown this Saturday. A field of nine colts (seven betting interests) looking to establish themselves in the second half of their sophomore campaigns will line up for this 1 1/8-mile test. They’ll go in the gate at about 5:30 p.m. EST for the program’s eighth of…

Classic Empire is favored in potentially chaotic Kentucky Derby

The first Saturday in May is quickly approaching, which means the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby is nearly here. Churchill Downs, as usual, will be the site for arguably the most prestigious horse race on the calendar. A full field of 20 three-year-old colts will line up for the ten-furlong challenge on the main…

‘Hedge’ your bets in Illinois Derby

After a one-year hiatus, the Grade III Illinois Derby is back at Hawthorne. The 1 1/8th-mile challenge will pit seven three-year-olds against each other in pursuit of a $250,000 purse. The race could also serve as a stepping stone toward a start in the Preakness Stakes. Post time for the Illinois Derby, the fifth race…

Longshots loom in Arkansas Derby

A field of 12 will line up at the gate for the 81st running of the Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby this Saturday. The Kentucky Derby aspirants will go 1 1/8 miles over the Oaklawn Park oval. 100 Derby points will be awarded to the winner, virtually assuring that colt a spot in the…

McCraken, Tapwrit to battle in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes is the feature on the opening Saturday of the Keeneland spring meet. Seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up in pursuit of valuable points toward the big race, with 100 to be awarded to the winner. Undefeated MCCRACKEN is among the entrants for the 1 1/8th-mile race,…

Mo Town attempts revival in Wood Memorial

A field of eight has assembled to contest the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct this Saturday. The race carries 170 points used toward determining the field for the Kentucky Derby (100 points to first place). Among the entrants are Remsen winner MO TOWN and Holy Bull winner IRISH WAR CRY, along with Todd…

Handicap heats on turf and dirt highlight Saturday card at Gulfstream

The Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and the Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap share the spotlight on Saturday. A field of eight will go in the Turf Handicap at 1 1/8-miles, while nine will compete in the one-mile Handicap. Each race carries a purse of $350,000. There will be plenty at stake for the…