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…

Vintager a value selection in Shadwell Turf Mile

The Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile pits 14 high-level grass horses against one another at Keeneland this Saturday. The prestigious event, which carries an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, goes as the 10th of 11 races on a stakes-laden program at the Lexington oval. Estimated post time for the Shadwell Turf…

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…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 9/25/19

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, highlighting the most noteworthy jockey performances. We’ll start on the east coast with Belmont before moving west to Los Alamitos. Belmont Manny Franco remains in front at the Belmont fall meet as the competition bunches up behind him. Franco tallied four winners at…

Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…

Campaign can shake up division in Kentucky Turf Cup

The Grade III, $1,000,000 Kentucky Turf Cup, the centerpiece of the boutique Kentucky Downs meet, anchors their Saturday program. The 1 1/2-mile heat lured 14 older grass horses. Post time for the Kentucky Turf Cup, the finale on a 10-race program, is 6:35 p.m. ET. #11 CAMPAIGN (5-1) has been running exclusively on dirt in…

Catalina Cruiser is imposing in Pat O’Brien

The Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes puts sprinters in the spotlight at Del Mar this Saturday. The seven-furlong heat attracted seven runners, including the highly-regarded CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the Pat O’Brien, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 9 p.m. ET. #7 CATALINA CRUISER (4-5, morning-line favorite) bypassed the Pacific Classic…

Catalina Cruiser seeks second straight San Diego score

The Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap is the feature race on opening Saturday at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of six led by last year’s winner, CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the San Diego, Race 4 of 10 on the day, is 6:30 p.m. ET. #1 CATALINA CRUISER (1-2, morning-line…

Homerique hunts Grade I glory in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes drew a compact but accomplished field of six as Saturday’s centerpiece race at Saratoga. The 1 1/8 turf classic goes as the ninth of 11 events on the opening Saturday card at “The Spa.” Approximate post time is 5:46 p.m. ET. #6 HOMERIQUE (5-2) is one of four being…