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….

Salty can give Gaffalione his first Grade I in the Alabama

The Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes for three-year-old fillies is the feature at Saratoga this Saturday. A field of nine will be asked to go 1 1/4-miles on the main track in Race 9 of 10 on the day. Post time for the Alabama, which could go a long way in deciding the three-year-old filly…

Jockey Spotlight: Paco Lopez

Paco Lopez is among the game’s most underrated riders. The 31-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico topped 2,000 career wins on Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park, and he’s dominated at Monmouth Park since 2010. In fact, Lopez won the 2014 Monmouth meet by 62 wins, amassing more victories than the next two jockeys combined. He won…

Jockey Spotlight: Kent Desormeaux

Kent Desormeaux has experienced the highs and lows of being a professional rider on numerous occasions. Just this year Desormeaux won the Preakness Stakes on Exaggerator, then days later entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and wasn’t able to ride for nearly a month. Though his personal demons have gotten the better of him at times,…

Jockey Spotlight: Shaun Bridgmohan

The well-traveled Shaun Bridgmohan is going on 20 years in the saddle, and though he is reducing the volume of mounts he takes on these days, he is still considered by many to be one of the better jockeys in the country. Bridgmohan immigrated to America from Jamaica at age 13 and ‘paid his dues’…

Jockey Spotlight: Julien Leparoux

Julien Leparoux has been one of the country’s best jockeys for over a decade now, riding predominately in the heartland of horse racing; Kentucky. He’s won multiple riding titles at Turfway, Keeneland and Churchill, and while he has yet to win the Kentucky Derby, he’s won just about every stakes race worth winning in the…

Jockey Spotlight: Mike Smith

Despite being an old man in a young man’s game, Mike Smith is still among the most respected riders in the country at age 50. The 34-year veteran has seen it all, and won nearly every race worth winning as a professional rider, and the superstar mounts keep on coming for him. Smith is currently…