Juvenile champ Good Magic returns in Fountain of Youth

Kentucky Derby points are on the line in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Fifty of those points go to the winner of this 1 1/16th-mile heat, down to five points to fourth place. A field of 10 three-year-olds will line up at approximately 6:09 p.m. EST for Gulfstream’s 14th…

Drefong faces tough assignment in Bing Crosby

The Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes is the feature race at Del Mar this Saturday. A field of nine will go postward at approximately 9:03 p.m. EST for the ninth of 10 races. Defending sprint champion DREFONG leads the fray, though this is a highly-competitive contest. Be sure to consider this race carefully if…

Jockey Spotlight: Edgar Prado

Hall-of-Fame jockey Edgar Prado is still riding at the pinnacle of the game at age 49. Though his home base is now the less-lucrative Maryland circuit, he still invades some of the nation’s top horse racing venues looking to take down graded stakes. He has six such victories this year at six different tracks, his…

Jockey Spotlight: Manny Franco

Manny Franco has been one of the better jockeys on the NYRA circuit since 2013, and is just beginning to establish himself as a top-quality stakes rider. Franco had a productive year as an apprentice in 2013. He got his career started at Aqueduct then moved to Monmouth Park for the summer, where he was…

Jockey Spotlight: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Some things just run in the family. Brian Hernandez Jr. knew at a young age that he wanted to be a jockey just like his father. “I just I grew up on [racing].” he told ESPN in a 2013 profile. “My dad started riding, and I was like 3 the first time I went to the…

Jockey Spotlight: John Velazquez

The term “living legend” is thrown around far too loosely, but in the case of John Velazquez, he has absolutely earned that distinction. Velazquez has the sixth-most wins among active riders with over 5,500, and is the all-time highest money earner with over $345 million in purses, a number that grows larger by the week….

Jockey Spotlight: Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano is widely considered to be the best jockey in the country, and it’s easy to see why. He’s won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey three straight years, and broke the all-time mark for annual earnings last year (just over $28 million). He hasn’t been out of the top five in wins or…