Weekly jockey review, 11/29/17; Lanerie, Prat wrap up meet titles

It’s time to review the thoroughbred action from Thanksgiving week! See which jockeys are riding high going into December. And don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco has a narrow lead over the Ortiz brothers after a six-win week at “The Big A.” That included an 11-1 upset…

Weekly jockey review, 11/15/17; Prat pours it on at Del Mar

Here’s a round-up of who’s riding hot at some of the nation’s preeminent racing venues. These jockeys will look to keep the momentum going as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. springboarded to his customary spot atop the Aqueduct leaderboard after a seven-win…

Mike Maker quartet leads Kentucky Turf Cup

The Grade III, $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup headlines the Saturday action at Kentucky Downs. The 1 1/2-mile grass clash lured a full field of 12 and two also-eligibles. The Turf Cup goes as the last of 10 races; estimated post time is 6:42 p.m. EST. Plenty of top jockeys will make the trip this Saturday,…

Avenge looms large in Yellow Ribbon Handicap

Del Mar has another exciting card set for Saturday which features the Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. AVENGE, one of the leaders in the female turf division, leads a cast of seven going 1 1/16-miles. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, the eighth of 10 races at Del Mar, is 8:33 p.m. EST. As…

Gun Runner sets sights on Stephen Foster

The Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is the headliner on a special Saturday night card at Churchill Downs. Eight runners will step into the gate at approximately 9:43 p.m. EST for the program’s eighth of the evening. They’ll go 1 1/8-miles on Churchill’s main oval. GUN RUNNER (4-5, morning-line favorite) is the highweight and…

‘Hedge’ your bets in Illinois Derby

After a one-year hiatus, the Grade III Illinois Derby is back at Hawthorne. The 1 1/8th-mile challenge will pit seven three-year-olds against each other in pursuit of a $250,000 purse. The race could also serve as a stepping stone toward a start in the Preakness Stakes. Post time for the Illinois Derby, the fifth race…

Mo Town attempts revival in Wood Memorial

A field of eight has assembled to contest the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct this Saturday. The race carries 170 points used toward determining the field for the Kentucky Derby (100 points to first place). Among the entrants are Remsen winner MO TOWN and Holy Bull winner IRISH WAR CRY, along with Todd…

Weekly jockey review, 4/5/17; Gulfstream, Fair Grounds finales

A busy week in racing was also one of transition, as Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Racecourse concluded their marquee winter meets. We’ll examine the jockey results from the final weeks at those tracks here, as well as the waning days of the Oaklawn and Santa Anita meets and the beginning of the brief Aqueduct…

Patch joins familiar faces in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, LA hosts the Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday. The marquee 1 1/8th-mile event drew a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points. 100 points go to the winner (essentially an automatic berth into “The Run for the Roses”), 40 to the runner-up, 20…