Tom’s d’Etat seeks fourth straight stakes score in Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $500,000 Stephen Foster Stakes highlights the closing Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of eight, including top-flight handicap horses TOM’S D’ETAT and BY MY STANDARDS, will contest this 1 1/8-mile race. Post time for the Stephen Foster, Race 10 on an 11-race program, is 5:47 p.m. ET. The winner will receive…

Weekly jockey review, 11/6/19; Breeders’ Cup recap

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, with a special focus on Santa Anita and last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup. Irad Ortiz Jr. won the most Breeders’ Cup races of any jockey in 2019; four to be exact. He was aboard favored Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint and…

Breeders’ Cup undercard selections, 11/2/19

The run-up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic features multiple million-dollar races with full fields. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 9 (Post time: 6:20 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile One mile on turf #5 TRUE VALOUR (20-1) could be sitting on a lifetime-best effort in the Breeders’…

Weekly jockey review, 10/16/19

It’s time to discuss last week’s horse racing happenings, centering on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Belmont Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano continue to dominate proceedings at Belmont this fall. Franco leads all riders with 37 victories, seven of which he earned last week. Lezcano, second at 32, found the winner’s circle five times…

McKinzie should crush the competition in Awesome Again

The Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is set for Saturday at Santa Anita. A field of six will be tasked with a 1 1/8-mile journey on the main course. Post time for the Awesome Again, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is…

Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

City of Light should top Accelerate again in Pegasus World Cup

The highly-anticipated Grade I, $9 million Pegasus World Cup will finally take place this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A star-studded field of 12 will contest the 1 1/8-mile event that’s already become a red-letter day on the horse racing calendar. Post time for the Pegasus World Cup, the finale on a 12-race program loaded with…

Bricks and Mortar can build on solid reputation in Pegasus Turf

The inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational shares center stage with the prestigious Pegasus World Cup on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Grade I, $7 million event, previously run as the Gulfstream Park Turf, will be contested at 1 3/16th-miles. A field of 10 will face up to the gate at approximately 4:51 p.m. EST….

Taking a shot with Copper Bullet in Malibu Stakes

The Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for three-year-old sprinters is the opening day feature this Wednesday at Santa Anita. The prestigious seven-furlong stake drew a field of 14 with two also-eligibles. Post time for the Malibu, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 10-race program, is 7 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure…