Digital Age seeks redemption in Saratoga Derby

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Derby highlights the Sunday action at Saratoga racecourse. The 1 3/16th-mile turf stake, part of the newly-commissioned “Turf Trinity” series at NYRA, drew an evenly-matched field of 11, led by Belmont Derby winner HENLEY’S JOY. Post time for the Saratoga Derby, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 5:48 p.m….

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…

Math Wizard can conjure an Indiana Derby upset

The Grade III, $500,000 Indiana Derby is set for Saturday evening at Indiana Grand racecourse. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 11 led by heavily-favored MR. MONEY. Post time for the Indiana Derby, Race 9 on a 10-race program loaded with stakes, is 11:02 p.m. ET. #10 MATH WIZARD (9-2) is the most…

Elate seeks second straight Delaware Handicap win

The Grade II, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the highlight of the Delaware Park meeting, is set for Saturday. A field of nine fillies and mares will do battle over a demanding 1 1/4-miles on the main course. Post time for the Delaware Handicap, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 5:25 p.m. ET. #7 ELATE…

Weekly jockey review, 7/3/19

Belmont’s meet is about to end, while Churchill’s concluded over the weekend. Meanwhile, Los Alamitos just opened for business on Saturday. Here are the jockey highlights for the week that was. Belmont The final week of Belmont’s spring/summer meet has arrived, and Jose Lezcano’s once-commanding lead has shrunk to a narrow two wins over Luis…

Skywire has sights set on Queen’s Plate upset

The $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, the centerpiece race of the season at Woodbine, is set for this Saturday. A full field of 14 Ontario-breds will go toe-to-toe in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Post time for the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, Race 10 on a stakes-laden 13-race card, is 5:36 p.m….

Weekly jockey review, 6/19/19; Bejarano wins 4,000th race

There were graded stakes galore offered at Churchill Downs last week, while one rider attained a prestigious personal milestone at Santa Anita. Let’s go over all the action from thoroughbred racing from last week, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano maintains a comfortable lead at the Belmont spring/summer meeting that ends in three weeks….

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…

Belmont Stakes undercard stakes analysis, 6/8/19

The 151st Belmont Stakes is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Belmont Park. Let’s dive into a pair of the undercard races below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:46 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap One mile on dirt #2 MCKINZIE (5-2, morning-line favorite) ended a…