Weekly jockey review, 8/1/18; Saez scores early and often at Saratoga

Time to reveal which jockeys stayed hot, which picked up steam, and which are struggling after two weeks of racing at Saratoga and Del Mar. We’ll also review some of the action from Haskell Day at Monmouth Park. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game this weekend! Saratoga Luis Saez got lost in…

‘Divining’ a winner in Kelso Handicap

Belmont hosts the Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a logical prep for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, this Saturday. The one-mile Kelso, Race 9 on a 10-race card, drew a field of six. Estimated post time is 5:45 p.m. EST. Be sure to study this race carefully if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!…

Latch onto Patch in West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer plays host to the Grade III, $750,000 West Virginia Derby this Saturday on a special afternoon card. The 1 1/8-mile stake drew a field of 11 three-year-olds hailing from several different locations. Post time for the West Virginia Derby, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 5:21 p.m. EST. Don’t forget about…

Plenty of value to be had in the Haskell

Monmouth’s biggest race of the year, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Sunday. Seven three-year-old colts, all of whom participated in the Triple Crown series, will fight it out over 1 1/8th-miles on the main course. The Haskell goes as Race 12 of 14, with an approximate post time of 5:47…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selections and jockey analysis

The 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup kicks off at Santa Anita Park this Friday with four championship races, including the long-awaited showdown between SONGBIRD, STELLAR WIND and BEHOLDER in the Distaff. I’ll take a look at two of the four Breeders’ Cup races planned for Friday in this column. In addition to betting the action the…

Nyquist, Exaggerator to renew rivalry in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade II, $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby is the feature event at Parx Racing on Saturday, and it drew a star-studded field of 12. Leading the way are Kentucky Derby winner NYQUIST and Preakness Stakes winner EXAGGERATOR, who will square off for the sixth time in their respective careers (NYQUIST holds a 3-2 advantage). They’ll…

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….

Jockey Spotlight: Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia’s life story seems like something out of a Hollywood script. He emigrated from Mexico to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a deli in Pleasanton, CA. After learning that Teri Terry, the owner of the deli, owned a horse, Garcia implored her to let him ride, and Terry discovered…