Lanerie returns to Ellis Park to highlight strong jockey colony

With the final night of the Churchill Downs spring meet being held Saturday, the Kentucky thoroughbred racing industry moves its attention to Henderson with Saturday afternoon’s start of the Ellis Park meet. The meet, which lasts 30 days (July 2-September 5), returns 10-time Churchill Downs leading rider Corey Lanerie. Riding the past two summers at…

Make it two straight for jockey Trevor McCarthy.

The 22-year-old McCarthy came from behind to take six winners over the past three days during closing weekend at Baltimore-based Pimlico Race Course to earn his second consecutive meet title in Maryland this season. Live racing moves from Pimlico to Laurel Park beginning this Friday, July 1. “It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling, especially because…

Watch out for travel, injuries and scratches

There are plenty of opportunities this weekend to find jockeys that will give you great value because of situations with some of the top jockeys in the nation. Whether they are hurt, suspended for traveling to ride in stakes at tracks that will not give them points in the game, if you pay attention you…

After a weekend of outstanding racing at Belmont Park, the quality racing continues this weekend with a stakes filled card at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The feature race is the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at a mile and an eighth on the dirt. The favorite in the Stephen Foster is Effinex, trained by Jimmy…

Value isn’t just at Belmont

With the racing world focusing on Belmont Park and their Belmont Stakes Racing Festival this weekend, players of the FANXT Jockey game are faced with a unique situation as some of the top jockeys that ride at Churchill Downs, Santa Anita and Gulfstream will be at Belmont on Saturday. This will allow jockeys at those…

Nyquist takes on ten in Preakness

Fresh off a convincing win in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, #3 NYQUIST (3-5, morning-line favorite) looks to keep his undefeated record intact in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse this Saturday. The Grade I $1.5 million event is listed as Race 13, and the estimated post time is 6:45 p.m. EST. The second…

Jockey Spotlight: Rafael Bejarano

Some riders dominate a circuit in such a way that horseplayers are conditioned to look for his name in every race, lest they accidentally leave his horse out and get burned. For west coast handicappers, Rafael Bejarano is that rider. Bejarano has won seven riding titles at Santa Anita since 2007, when he settled in…

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),…

Grade I glory up for grabs in the Man o’ War

Nine turfers are set to go a mile and three-eighths on Saturday at Belmont in the Grade I Man o’ War. The feature event of the day, it’ll go as Race 10 on the program with a post time of 6:17 p.m. EST. #9 WAKE FOREST was established as the 2-1 favorite on the morning-line…

Jockey Spotlight: Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano is widely considered to be the best jockey in the country, and it’s easy to see why. He’s won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey three straight years, and broke the all-time mark for annual earnings last year (just over $28 million). He hasn’t been out of the top five in wins or…