Louisiana Derby undercard analysis, 3/21/20

The Fair Grounds will run seven stakes races worth nearly $2.5 million this Saturday, including the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Here are our previews of a pair of undercard races that precede the day’s main event. Fair Grounds Race 9 (Post time: 4:10 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes…

Jolie Olimpica stands out in Buena Vista

The Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes is the centerpiece race at Santa Anita this Saturday. The one-mile turf event for fillies and mares drew a full field of 12. Post time for the Buena Vista, Race 5 on a nine-race program, is 5:29 p.m. ET. #1 JOLIE OLIMPICA (8-5, morning-line favorite) dazzled in the…

Maximum Security resurfaces in Bold Ruler

The Grade III, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap is the closing Saturday feature at Belmont Park. A field of eight, led by Haskell winner MAXIMUM SECURITY, will line up in this seven-furlong dirt sprint. Post time for the Bold Ruler, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 4:40 p.m. ET. #1 MAXIMUM SECURITY (Even, morning-line…

Snapper Sinclair is capable of taking the Tourist Mile

The $750,000 Tourist Mile is the feature on the opening Saturday of the lucrative Kentucky Downs meeting. A field of 14 (including two also-eligibles) will battle it out on a European-style turf course. Post time for the Tourist, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 5:11 p.m. ET. #1 SNAPPER SINCLAIR (8-1) switches back…

King for a Day, Maximum Security meet again in Haskell

Monmouth Park’s biggest annual event, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds drew a field of seven led by the one-two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes (the local prep), KING FOR A DAY and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the Haskell, Race 12 of 14…

Elate seeks second straight Delaware Handicap win

The Grade II, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the highlight of the Delaware Park meeting, is set for Saturday. A field of nine fillies and mares will do battle over a demanding 1 1/4-miles on the main course. Post time for the Delaware Handicap, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 5:25 p.m. ET. #7 ELATE…

Weekly jockey review, 7/10/19; Lezcano conquers Belmont meet

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont, Monmouth and Los Alamitos will be in the spotlight. Belmont Jose Lezcano earned his first NYRA riding title at the Belmont spring/summer meet, as he held off Luis Saez 44-43. He capped off the meeting with a three-win final…

Runaway winners Fashion Faux Pas, Avalina intrigue in Delaware Oaks

The Grade III, $300,000 Delaware Oaks is the feature at Delaware Park this Saturday. Seven three-year-old fillies will test their mettle in this 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Delaware Oaks, Race 7 on a nine-race program, is 4:37 p.m. ET. #4 FASHION FAUX PAS (5-2) dazzled in Delaware’s Light Hearted Stakes last time out,…

Focus Group should get first Grade I score in United Nations

The Grade I, $300,000 United Nations Stakes will bring some top turf runners together at Monmouth Park this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile heat drew a field of eight. Post time for the United Nations, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is approximately 5:28 p.m. ET. #4 FOCUS GROUP (2-1, morning-line favorite) was empty late in…

Jala Jala holds value in Inside Information

The Grade II, $200,000 Inside Information Stakes highlights the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted eight runners. Post time for the Inside Information Race 11 of 13 on the day, is estimated for 5:37 p.m. EST. #1 JALA JALA (6-1) has compiled an impressive record in her native…