Sadler’s Joy holds the edge in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap anchors the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 11 plus five AEs and MTOs. Post time for the Red Smith, Race 9 of 10 at “The Big A” this Saturday, is 3:47 p.m. ET. #7 SADLER’S JOY (8-5, morning-line favorite) looks…

Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

Weekly jockey review, 11/6/19; Breeders’ Cup recap

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, with a special focus on Santa Anita and last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup. Irad Ortiz Jr. won the most Breeders’ Cup races of any jockey in 2019; four to be exact. He was aboard favored Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint and…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selected analysis, 11/1/19

Breeders’ Cup Friday at Santa Anita features five races for two-year-old colts and fillies. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 5 (Post time: 4:12 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Five furlongs on turf #9 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (3-1, morning-line favorite) will get plenty of attention…

Indian Pride makes graded stakes debut in Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. #3 INDIAN PRIDE…

Weekly jockey review, 10/16/19

It’s time to discuss last week’s horse racing happenings, centering on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Belmont Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano continue to dominate proceedings at Belmont this fall. Franco leads all riders with 37 victories, seven of which he earned last week. Lezcano, second at 32, found the winner’s circle five times…

Weekly jockey review, 10/9/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, centering on fall meet happenings from coast to coast. Belmont As other riders abandon Belmont from time-to-time, Manny Franco has stayed and reaped the rewards. The leading mount-getter (161) is also first in wins with 30 at the fall meeting. Franco scored six times…

Weekly jockey review, 9/25/19

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, highlighting the most noteworthy jockey performances. We’ll start on the east coast with Belmont before moving west to Los Alamitos. Belmont Manny Franco remains in front at the Belmont fall meet as the competition bunches up behind him. Franco tallied four winners at…

Digital Age, Spanish Mission tough to split in Jockey Club Derby

The inaugural $1 million Jockey Club Derby highlights opening Saturday at Belmont Park’s fall meet. Nine three-year-old colts will line up at the gate for the 1 1/2-mile turf test, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Trinity. Post time for the Jockey Club Derby, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:47 p.m….

Edisa a logical choice in Jockey Club Oaks

The $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks is among the appealing stakes races on opening Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat, the final leg of the newly-minted Turf Tiara, drew a field of eight three-year-old fillies. Post time for the inaugural Jockey Club Oaks, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 5:15 p.m….