Code of Honor leads intriguing cast in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The prestigious Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be renewed this Saturday at Belmont Park. A compact but quality field of five will assemble for this 1 1/4-mile test that carries an automatic bid to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. Post time for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Race 10 on…

Weekly jockey review, 8/28/19; Travers day recap and more

The prestigious summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar have boiled down to their final week. We’ll set the stage for the finale here, focusing mainly on the highlights from Travers weekend at “The Spa.” Saratoga Jose Ortiz’s lead at “The Spa” was cut into by his older brother, Irad, setting things up for an…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 7/10/19; Lezcano conquers Belmont meet

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont, Monmouth and Los Alamitos will be in the spotlight. Belmont Jose Lezcano earned his first NYRA riding title at the Belmont spring/summer meet, as he held off Luis Saez 44-43. He capped off the meeting with a three-win final…

Bourbon War a tepid top pick in Preakness

A field of 13 will try their luck in the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico this Saturday. There’s a lack of star power with both disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security and promoted winner Country House bypassing the race along with the sidelined Omaha Beach, but that has served to make the…

Vekoma can punch his Kentucky Derby ticket in Blue Grass Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes highlights opening Saturday at Kentucky’s historic Keeneland racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds attracted a field of 14. Going as Race 10 of 11, post time for the Blue Grass is 6:23 p.m. EST. The winner is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting…

Bourbon War out for revenge on Code of Honor in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby is set for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The race carries 170 total points toward the Kentucky Derby, with 100 going to the winner. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on a stakes-laden 14-race program, drew a field of 11. Approximate post time is 6:30…

Breeders’ Cup Friday selections, jockey analysis

Two-year-old champions will emerge as the Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday at Churchill Downs. Five races for juveniles, including the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, comprise Races 5 through 9 on the Churchill card. We’ll discuss two of them here. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily…