Restoring Hope ready to roll in Wood Memorial

Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby concludes this Saturday with the 94th running of the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial. A field of nine three-year-olds will vie for 170 Derby points (with 100 going to the winner) over 1 1/8-miles. The Wood Memorial is the 10th race on a stakes-laden 11-race card; approximate post time…

Weekly jockey review, 3/14/18; Van Dyke, Smith shine at Santa Anita

Let’s review the stakes-laden week that was in horse racing and see which jockeys rose to the occasion. As always, be sure to apply this information when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco posted his first career five-win day on Sunday to pass Dylan Davis for first in the Aqueduct jockey standings….

Firenze Fire should be first home in the Gotham

The Grade III, $300,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds is the Saturday feature at Aqueduct. Fifty Kentucky Derby points are available to the winner, down to five points to the fourth-place finisher. The one-mile Gotham attracted a field of nine, which will be led to the gate at 5:42 p.m. EST. It’s the final event on…

McCraken, Tapwrit to battle in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes is the feature on the opening Saturday of the Keeneland spring meet. Seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up in pursuit of valuable points toward the big race, with 100 to be awarded to the winner. Undefeated MCCRACKEN is among the entrants for the 1 1/8th-mile 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, 3/8/17; Leparoux leads way at Gulfstream

Time for a review of last week’s races to see which jockeys are shining brightest at the moment. Be sure to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game and use this information to your advantage! Aqueduct There will only be three days of racing per week through March at “The Big A,” so time is…

Can Cloud Computing conquer El Areeb in the Gotham?

A field of ten has assembled for Aqueduct’s penultimate prep for the Kentucky Derby; the Gotham Stakes. It’s a Grade III event worth $300,000 and it will be run at 1 1/16th miles on the inner dirt course. The race offers 50 Derby points to the winner down to five points for fourth. Post time…

Jockey Spotlight: Kendrick Carmouche

Kendrick Carmouche has established himself as one of the better riders in the game since relocating from Parx to the NYRA circuit in 2015. He’s won multiple graded stakes since moving there full-time and posted career highs in earnings in back-to-back years. He had won four straight riding titles at Parx from 2008 to 2011…

Peter Pan Stakes pits seven versus rising star Unified

Eight three-year-olds have assembled for the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park this Saturday. It’s scheduled as Race 9 on the program, with an estimated post time of 5:45 p.m. EST. The Peter Pan is considered an important stepping-stone toward the Belmont Stakes (which will be run on June 11),…