McKinzie should crush the competition in Awesome Again

The Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is set for Saturday at Santa Anita. A field of six will be tasked with a 1 1/8-mile journey on the main course. Post time for the Awesome Again, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is…

Got Stormy’s momentum should roll on in Woodbine Mile

The Grade I, $1 million Woodbine Mile anchors the Saturday card at Canada’s Woodbine racecourse. A field of 11, led by Fourstardave winner GOT STORMY (a filly), will line up at the gate for the richest race of the weekend. Post time for the prestigious turf heat, Race 9 of 12 on the day, is…

Digital Age, Spanish Mission tough to split in Jockey Club Derby

The inaugural $1 million Jockey Club Derby highlights opening Saturday at Belmont Park’s fall meet. Nine three-year-old colts will line up at the gate for the 1 1/2-mile turf test, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Trinity. Post time for the Jockey Club Derby, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:47 p.m….

Edisa a logical choice in Jockey Club Oaks

The $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks is among the appealing stakes races on opening Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Tiara, drew a field of eight three-year-old fillies. Post time for the inaugural Jockey Club Oaks, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 5:15 p.m….

Originaire gets tepid nod in wide-open Del Mar Derby

The Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Derby anchors the action on Sunday at Del Mar. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 10, including La Jolla Handicap winner KINGLY. Post time for the Del Mar Derby, Race 9 of 10 on the program, is 9:09 p.m. ET. #4 ORIGINAIRE (4-1) ran out of…

Weekly jockey review, 8/28/19; Travers day recap and more

The prestigious summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar have boiled down to their final week. We’ll set the stage for the finale here, focusing mainly on the highlights from Travers weekend at “The Spa.” Saratoga Jose Ortiz’s lead at “The Spa” was cut into by his older brother, Irad, setting things up for an…

Catalina Cruiser is imposing in Pat O’Brien

The Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes puts sprinters in the spotlight at Del Mar this Saturday. The seven-furlong heat attracted seven runners, including the highly-regarded CATALINA CRUISER. Post time for the Pat O’Brien, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 9 p.m. ET. #7 CATALINA CRUISER (4-5, morning-line favorite) bypassed the Pacific Classic…

Weekly jockey review, 8/8/19

The first weekend of August was filled to the brim with stakes action at Saratoga and Del Mar. We’ll recap the highlights here, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga The Ortiz brothers top the standings at Saratoga with four weeks of racing in the books. Jose leads older sibling Irad 27-22 after winning nine times last…