Florida Derby undercard picks and plays, 3/28/20

In addition to the Grade I, $750,000 Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park is hosting nine lucrative stakes races this Saturday. Here are our previews of a pair of those undercard events. Gulfstream Race 9 (Post time: 3:34 p.m. Eastern) The $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes One mile on turf #5 NEWSPAPEROFRECORD (9-5, morning-line favorite) figures to attract…

Tiz the Law should prove too tough for Florida Derby field

The centerpiece race of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet, the Grade I, $750,000 Florida Derby, is set for Saturday. A field of 12 (plus one also-eligible) will contest this 1 1/8-mile heat worth 170 total Kentucky Derby points (paid 100-40-20-10). The Florida Derby, which goes as the 14th and final race on a card loaded with…

Maximum Security resurfaces in Bold Ruler

The Grade III, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap is the closing Saturday feature at Belmont Park. A field of eight, led by Haskell winner MAXIMUM SECURITY, will line up in this seven-furlong dirt sprint. Post time for the Bold Ruler, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 4:40 p.m. ET. #1 MAXIMUM SECURITY (Even, morning-line…

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…