Originaire gets tepid nod in wide-open Del Mar Derby

The Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Derby anchors the action on Sunday at Del Mar. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 10, including La Jolla Handicap winner KINGLY. Post time for the Del Mar Derby, Race 9 of 10 on the program, is 9:09 p.m. ET. #4 ORIGINAIRE (4-1) ran out of…

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…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 8/8/19

The first weekend of August was filled to the brim with stakes action at Saratoga and Del Mar. We’ll recap the highlights here, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga The Ortiz brothers top the standings at Saratoga with four weeks of racing in the books. Jose leads older sibling Irad 27-22 after winning nine times last…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 07/31/19

Racing continues at the two most prestigious meets of the summer, Saratoga and Del Mar. FanXT highlights the jockey achievements at those respective circuits below as well as Monmouth Park. Saratoga Jose Ortiz leads all riders at “The Spa” with 18 wins after three weeks of racing. He piloted six victors last week, including Highest…