Winning Colors, Mint Julep co-anchor Saturday card at Churchill

Two Grade III stakes carrying $100,000 purses highlight Saturday’s 11-race program at historic Churchill Downs. The Winning Colors for filly and mare sprinters goes as Race 7, while the Mint Julep for filly and mare turfers brings down the curtain as Race 11. We’ll preview both events from a betting perspective below. Churchill Race 7…

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…

Wells Bayou looks strong at square odds in Southwest

The Grade III, $750,000 Southwest Stakes is the feature at Oaklawn Park this Presidents’ Day. The 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds, which carries 17 points toward the Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1 format), drew a field of nine. Post time for the Southwest, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is approximately 5:43 p.m. ET. #1 WELLS BAYOU…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selected analysis, 11/1/19

Breeders’ Cup Friday at Santa Anita features five races for two-year-old colts and fillies. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 5 (Post time: 4:12 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Five furlongs on turf #9 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (3-1, morning-line favorite) will get plenty of attention…

Arklow leads win-starved Joe Hirsch field

The Grade I, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic highlights Saturday’s card at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2 event drew a field of seven with Breeders’ Cup Turf aspirations. Post time for the Joe Hirsch, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 4:50 p.m. ET. #5 ARKLOW (3-1) has had a bit of bad luck…

Code of Honor should triumph in Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the traditional centerpiece of the Saratoga meeting, will be renewed for the 150th time this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew full field of 12. Post time for the Travers, Race 11 of 13 on the day, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #2 CODE OF HONOR (4-1) crushed his…

Valedictorian can wire the field in Yellow Ribbon

The Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap is the Saturday feature at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile turf heat for fillies and mares drew a talented and well-traveled field of nine. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, Race 8 of 10 at Del Mar, is approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. #6 VALEDICTORIAN (6-1) is an intriguing…

Disco Partner goes for four straight in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. A field of six (excluding the MTO) will line up for the one-mile turf test at approximately 6:28 p.m. EST. The Fourstardave is the 10th of 11 races on the day. As always, feel free to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy…

Good Samaritan offers good value in Belmont Derby

The Grade I, $1.2 million Belmont Derby is the feature race on a spectacular Saturday card at Belmont Park. 11 evenly-matched sophomore turfers will go 1 1/4-miles on the program’s 10th race (estimated post time 6:50 p.m. EST). This heat features three foreign shippers as well as some familiar faces on the turf scene. Don’t…