Empire Showcase Day brings out New York’s best at Belmont

Belmont treats horseplayers to an exciting 11-race card restricted to New York-bred runners this Saturday. Eight total stakes will be contested, including the $300,000 Empire Classic and $250,000 Empire Distaff. Study the races carefully if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Race 5 The Empire Classic #3 TWISTED TOM (2-1, morning-line favorite) is…

Red Smith, Discovery headline Saturday card at Aqueduct

A twin-bill of graded stakes highlights the Saturday action at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack. Older turfers will go 1 3/8 miles in the Grade III Red Smith Handicap in Race 7, while three-year-olds occupy the traditional feature slot, Race 8 of 9, in the Grade III Discovery Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the main…

Belmont picks, jockey analysis for Empire Showcase Day

New York breds will be front-and-center on Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. All 11 races on the program are restricted to state-breds, highlighted by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the main track (Race 10, approximately 5:19 p.m. EST). I’ll discuss this event in great detail here, but be sure…

Exaggerator stands out in field of 14 for Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes is the centerpiece on a star-studded 13-race card at Saratoga this Saturday. Going as the 11th race, post time is estimated at 5:44 p.m. EST. “The Midsummer Derby” drew a full field for the first time since 1977, and contains a mixture of graded stakes winners and up-and-comers….

Exaggerator appears best in big Belmont Stakes field

The “Test of the Champion,” aka the Grade I $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, will be run this Saturday at Belmont Park. The final jewel of the Triple Crown, it’ll go as Race 11 on a stacked 13-race card, with an estimated post time of 6:37 p.m. EST. The mile-and-a-half endurance event drew a field of…

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),…