Guarana stands out in re-scheduled CCA Oaks

The Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks will be renewed this Sunday at Saratoga after Saturday’s program was postponed due to extreme heat. Despite the lofty stature of this 1 1/8-mile race, just five horses are entered. That is due in part to the daunting presence of GUARANA, a convincing winner in Belmont’s Grade…

Dunbar Road stands out in Mother Goose

The Grade II, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes is the highlight of Belmont Park’s nine-race Saturday program. Six three-year-old fillies, including the highly-promising DUNBAR ROAD, will compete in this prestigious 1 1/16th-mile event. Post time for the Mother Goose, Race 8 on the day at Belmont, is 5:18 p.m. ET. #1 DUNBAR ROAD (4-5, morning-line favorite)…

Always Shopping seeks third straight stakes score in Black-Eyed Susan

The Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is among several lucrative stakes races being offered at Pimlico racecourse on their Preakness eve program this Friday. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-old fillies drew a field of nine. Post time for the Black-Eyed Susan, Race 11 of 14, is 4:48 p.m. ET. #6 ALWAYS SHOPPING (4-1)…

Bellafina appears vulnerable in Kentucky Oaks

The Grade I, $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks puts three-year-old fillies in the spotlight at Churchill Downs on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. The prestigious 1 1/8-mile heat drew an overflow field of 16, including two also-eligibles. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks, Race 11 on a lucrative 13-race program, is 6:12 p.m. Eastern. #15…

Talented Talk Veuve To Me can upset the Alabama

The Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. Eight fillies and mares will test their mettle at 1 1/4-miles over the main track. The field is led by multiple graded stakes winner MIDNIGHT BISOU and up-and-comer TALK VEUVE TO ME. Post time for the Alabama, Race 9 on a…

Midnight Bisou looms large in Kentucky Oaks

The Grade I, $1 million Kentucky Oaks is Friday’s feature at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The historic 1 1/8-mile stake drew a field of 14. The Kentucky Oaks field goes postward at approximately 6:12 p.m. EST for the 11th of 13 races on the program. With many top riders in…

Weekly jockey review, 4/4/18; Saez sizzles at Gulfstream

Three major circuits, Aqueduct, Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds, wrapped up winter meetings this past week; we’ll recap the action here. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco secured his first ever NYRA jockey title with a Saturday riding double. The final margin over Dylan Davis was 61-47….

Salty can give Gaffalione his first Grade I in the Alabama

The Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes for three-year-old fillies is the feature at Saratoga this Saturday. A field of nine will be asked to go 1 1/4-miles on the main track in Race 9 of 10 on the day. Post time for the Alabama, which could go a long way in deciding the three-year-old filly…

Gunnevera looms large in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby, the centerpiece event at the Gulfstream championship meet, takes place this Saturday. A field of 11 colts (10 if you count the likely defection of BATTALION RUNNER), led by Fountain of Youth winner GUNNEVERA, look for their share of 170 Kentucky Derby points, with 100 awarded to the winner….

Kentucky Oaks wide-open without Songbird

Songbird, the undefeated filly that has so overwhelmed her previous rivals that many clamored for her to enter the Kentucky Derby, would’ve been a huge favorite in this race but unfortunately had to defect due to a fever. That leaves a contentious field of 14 fillies (plus one also-eligible) to contest this $1 million race…