Maximum Security should seize another Grade I in Cigar Mile

The Grade I, $750,000 Cigar Mile, the centerpiece of the Aqueduct fall meeting, is their feature race this Saturday. A field of 11, headlined by MAXIMUM SECURITY, will compete in one of the last Grade I events on the calendar. Post time for the Cigar Mile, the finale on a 10-race program at “The Big…

Firenze Fire packs punch along with extra pounds in Fall Highweight

The Grade III, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, a longtime Thanksgiving staple at Aqueduct, will be renewed this Thursday. The six-furlong sprint drew a field of nine, led by multiple graded stakes winner FIRENZE FIRE. He’ll tote 134 pounds when the gate opens for the Fall Highweight, the seventh of nine on Thanksgiving Day at “The…

Curlin’s Honor can spring upset in Artie Schiller

The $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes anchors Saturday’s card at Aqueduct. “The Big A” feature drew a field of 10 plus three MTOs. Post time for the Artie Schiller, a one-mile turf test, is 3:20 p.m. ET. It goes as the eighth of a scheduled 10 races. #5 CURLIN’S HONOR (10-1) should get the perfect setup…

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’…

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…

Indian Pride makes graded stakes debut in Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. #3 INDIAN PRIDE…

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…

Desert Encounter seeks second straight Canadian International score

The Grade I, $800,000 Canadian International Stakes highlights Saturday’s card at Woodbine racecourse. A field of six will be tasked with a 1 1/2-mile journey on the turf course. Post time for the Canadian International, Race 9 of 12 on the day, is 5:42 p.m. ET. #4 DESERT ENCOUNTER (2-1) produced a strong late kick…