Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

Weekly jockey review, 6/12/19

We’ll visit a trio of tracks in this week’s jockey review, focusing mainly on the results at Belmont Park during Belmont Stakes week. Let’s get started. Belmont Joel Rosario was the winning rider aboard Sir Winston in the 151st Belmont Stakes. He expertly guided his charge through traffic while saving ground to beat a wide-running…

Tacitus, War of Will look hard to beat in Belmont

The Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown’s third and final jewel, will be run for the 151st time this Saturday at Belmont Park. There’s no Triple Crown on the line this year, but 10 three-year-olds with Eclipse Award aspirations have assembled for the “Run for the Carnations.” The Belmont Stakes, set for…

Seismic Wave should lower the boom on Pennine Ridge field

The Grade III, $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes, which serves as the local prep for July’s Belmont Derby, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of eight seeking graded stakes glory. Post time for the Pennine Ridge, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 5:18 p.m. ET….

West coast win machine Vasilika top choice in Gamely

Santa Anita’s Grade I, $500,000 Gamely Stakes is among the more intriguing races taking place on Memorial Day. Eight fillies and mares will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the turf course. Post time for the Gamely, Race 7 on a 10-race program, is 7:03 p.m. ET. #4 VASILIKA (8-5, morning-line favorite) goes for an…

Preakness undercard analysis, 5/18/19

The Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes is just one of several graded events at Pimlico this Saturday. Let’s dive into a pair of those undercard races here. Pimlico Race 10 (Post time: 4:05 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $150,000 Gallorette Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #3 THEWAYIAM (10-1) makes her second start at age…

Man o’ War undercard analysis, 5/10/19

Man o’ War day at Belmont Park features four stakes races in addition to the main event, which is discussed here. We’ll go over a pair of those undercard races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 3:08 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes 1 1/8-miles on dirt #1 INTREPID HEART (7-5, morning-line…

Kentucky Derby undercard analysis, 5/4/19

There are stakes races galore in the run-up to the 145th Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled as Race 12 of 14 on Saturday at Churchill Downs. We’ll discuss a pair of them below. Churchill Race 8 (Post time: 2:45 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Seven furlongs on dirt #8 MITOLE (7-2,…

Grade I glory up for grabs in Maker’s 46 Mile

The Grade I, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile is set for Friday at Keeneland. The one-mile turf classic lured an accomplished field of eight. Post time for the Maker’s 46 Mile, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. Eastern. #4 DELTA PRINCE (7-2) is training lights-out for his first start since fading to third…

Weekly jockey review, 4/10/19; Castellano wins early and often at Keeneland

It was a super Saturday for horse racing, as the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby were held at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita, respectively. Let’s review the results for the week at each circuit, focusing on the top jockey performances. Aqueduct Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano both got off to successful…