Class is key on Cal Cup day

Santa Anita hosts California Cup day this Saturday, featuring several lucrative stakes races for Cal-breds. We’ll go over a pair of them here. As always, remember to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Santa Anita Race 7 (post time 6:12 p.m EST) The $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic #1 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR (8-5, morning-line favorite)…

Shane’s Girlfriend seeks second stakes score in Santa Ynez

Sunday’s feature at Santa Anita is the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes. Nine three-year-old fillies looking to make a name for themselves on the Kentucky Oaks trail will go seven furlongs on the main oval at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST. The Santa Ynez is the eighth of nine races at “The Great Race Place”…

Mind Your Biscuits can mow them down in the Malibu

An accomplished field of 10 goes in Santa Anita’s opening day feature, the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, on Monday. The three-year-old sprinters will run seven furlongs on the main course in Race 8; approximate post time 7:00 p.m. EST. Southern California’s best jockeys will be present all day long, so be sure to study…

Jockey Spotlight: Jon Court

The well-respected Jon Court may have turned 56 this year, but he’s still riding at the upper echelon of the game. He just earned his 4,000th win at Turfway Park on Dec. 3 and doesn’t have plans to retire any time soon. “[Retirement] is a topic that comes up quite regularly,” Court told Oaklawn Park’s…

Jockey Spotlight: Flavien Prat

Flavien Prat has impressed while riding full time in America for only about two years, spending most of his time on the Southern California circuit. He’s won on nearly 18% of his mounts this year and has racked up over $12 million in purse money, good for 11th in the country. The 24-year-old Frenchman set…

Nyquist, Exaggerator to renew rivalry in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade II, $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby is the feature event at Parx Racing on Saturday, and it drew a star-studded field of 12. Leading the way are Kentucky Derby winner NYQUIST and Preakness Stakes winner EXAGGERATOR, who will square off for the sixth time in their respective careers (NYQUIST holds a 3-2 advantage). They’ll…

Jockey Spotlight: Mario Gutierrez

Mario Gutierrez is still relatively young at 29-years-old, but he’s already risen to national prominence by virtue of two wins in America’s most famous race; the Kentucky Derby. In 2012 he won with longshot I’ll Have Another, and this year he added another feather to his cap with Nyquist, with whom he won his first…

Met Mile headlines Belmont Stakes undercard

The Grade I $1.5 million Belmont Stakes is the centerpiece of Saturday’s 13-race extravaganza at Belmont Park, but it is just one of six races worth over $500,000 is purse money on their Saturday program. Accordingly, the lucrative purses have drawn some high quality fields, with many of them containing ten horses or more. He’s…