Bravazo looms large in Louisiana Derby

The Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby will be renewed this Saturday at New Orleans’ historic Fair Grounds racecourse. A field of 10 looking to bolster their Kentucky Derby résumés will take part in this prestigious 1 1/8-mile heat. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, the 11th of 14 scheduled races, is 6:21 p.m. EST….

Solomini should start his season with a Rebel win

The penultimate stepping stone on Arkansas’ Kentucky Derby trail, the Grade II, $900,000 Rebel Stakes, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn Park. There’s 50 Derby points available to the winner, down to five points for finishing fourth. A field of 11 will be led to the gate at approximately 7:09 p.m. EST for this 1…

Combatant could get revenge on Mourinho in Southwest Stakes

The Grade III, $500,000 Southwest Stakes for three-year-olds will highlight the action on President’s Day at Oaklawn Park. A field of 11 has been entered for the 1 1/16th-mile heat worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. The Southwest goes as Race 9 on a 10-race program, with post time scheduled for 6:10 p.m….

Jockey Spotlight: Miguel Mena

It’s hard to believe, but Miguel Mena’s career was almost derailed by alcohol addiction. Fortunately for the talented Peruvian jockey, he was able to get help and is now thriving at the upper echelon of the sport. “I made mistakes,” Mena said in a 2010 interview with the Post-Star. “But I learned from my mistakes…

Jockey Spotlight: Luis Saez

Luis Saez only started riding in America in 2009, but he’s swiftly established himself as one of the best jockeys in the country. A graduate of the Pincay Riding School, which has produced notable riders such as Jose Lezcano and Cornelio Velasquez, Saez won 37 races in his native Panama before making the journey to…

Jockey Spotlight: Gary Stevens

When Gary Stevens announced his retirement in 2005, no one could have guessed that a decade later he would be back in the saddle and riding at the highest level in the sport, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Stevens launched his comeback in 2013 and has won two Breeders’ Cup races and a Kentucky Derby…