Weekly jockey review, 3/26/19

The nation’s premier winter race meetings are beginning to wrap up. We’ll highlight jockey achievements at the recently-concluded Fair Grounds meeting and more here. Aqueduct Manny Franco still holds a large lead as the Aqueduct winter meet heads toward a close. After winning another five races to boost his meet total at 95, Franco has…

War of Will should overwhelm Louisiana Derby field

The Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby takes place this Saturday at the historic Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, assuring them a starting spot in the “Run for the Roses.” Second place receives 40 points, third gets 20, and fourth gets 10….

Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…

War of Will the one to catch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner this year, takes place on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Going as the finale on a 12-race program, the 1 1/16th-mile heat is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EST. A field of 14 is expected to compete, with…

Springboard Mile top two return in Smarty Jones

The opening day feature this Friday at Oaklawn Park is the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Nine Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up for the one-mile affair. There are 10 Derby points available to the winner, down to one point for fourth. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! #7…

Weekly jockey review, 1/23/19; Prat pulls away at Santa Anita

This week’s jockey review remains focused on the winter racing at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita. Be sure to study the results carefully before Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup, and don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco recorded a seven-win week to pull clear of Junior Alvarado, 40-34. Franco was shut…

Tackett tackles overflow field of Derby hopefuls in LeComte

Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes commences the Fair Grounds’ road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby. A full field of 14 (with one also-eligible) will go one mile and 70 yards on the main track. A total of 17 Kentucky Derby points are on the line; 10 to first place down to one for fourth….

Caribou Club can claw past the competition in Seabiscuit

The Grade II, $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap puts turf runners in the spotlight at Del Mar this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile event drew a full and evenly-matched field of 12. The Seabiscuit goes as Race 7 of 9, and post time is estimated for 6:30 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s…

River Boyne should roll to Del Mar Derby score

California’s three-year-old turf stars will be in the spotlight in Sunday’s Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Derby. The 1 1/8-mile event attracted a field of 12. Post time for the Del Mar Derby, Race 8 of 10 on the penultimate summer program at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, is 8:35 p.m. EST. Remember to get…

Chocolate Martini seems superior in Summertime Oaks

Three-year-old fillies take center stage at Santa Anita in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks. The 1 1/16th-mile event drew a field of six, led by recent Kentucky Oaks contender CHOCOLATE MARTINI. Post time for the Summertime Oaks, Race 6 of 11 on the day, is 6:00 p.m. EST.  In addition to watching and wagering,…