Bourbon War a tepid top pick in Preakness

A field of 13 will try their luck in the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico this Saturday. There’s a lack of star power with both disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security and promoted winner Country House bypassing the race along with the sidelined Omaha Beach, but that has served to make the…

Vekoma can punch his Kentucky Derby ticket in Blue Grass Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes highlights opening Saturday at Kentucky’s historic Keeneland racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds attracted a field of 14. Going as Race 10 of 11, post time for the Blue Grass is 6:23 p.m. EST. The winner is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting…

Weekly jockey review, 4/3/19; Franco, Ortiz Jr. secure meet titles

The horse racing calendar continues its transition from winter to spring, as Aqueduct and Gulfstream wrapped up their traditional meets, while Santa Anita got back underway on Friday. We’ll highlight notable jockey performances here. Aqueduct Manny Franco put the finishing touches on the Aqueduct winter meet title with a three-win week. All told, he amassed…

Bourbon War out for revenge on Code of Honor in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby is set for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The race carries 170 total points toward the Kentucky Derby, with 100 going to the winner. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on a stakes-laden 14-race program, drew a field of 11. Approximate post time is 6:30…

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…

Hofburg should spoil Justify’s Triple Crown bid in Belmont Stakes

The Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes takes place for the 150th time on Saturday at New York’s Belmont Park. JUSTIFY looks to become the 13th Triple Crown winner (and the second to be undefeated in doing so) while pitted against nine rivals in this 1 1/2-mile test of stamina. The Belmont, Race 11 of…

Lightly-raced Hofburg holds value in Kentucky Derby

After months of anticipation, the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew a field of 20 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Derby, Race 12 of 14 on the day, is 6:50 p.m. EST. Many of America’s top jockeys will be present,…

Audible should ace the Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby brings down the curtain on Gulfstream’s road to the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat offers 170 total points toward “the Run for the Roses,” with the winner receiving 100. A field of nine will compete in the Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…